Don’t think for a second that Tim Sylvia wouldn’t do anything in his power to earn another chance to compete inside the Octagon.
Sylvia, a former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, has been turned down by UFC president Dana White over the past few months in regards to competing with the company again.
During a recent appearance on The Hammerfisting Podcast, Sylvia made a comment regarding the reality series The Ultimate Fighter. As a veteran of the sport, it would seem below Sylvia to need to go on the show to get in the UFC, but that’s not how the 30-win veteran sees it.
I watch The Ultimate Fighter, and I would definitely do it if I needed to. I helped coach season two with Matt (Hughes) and Rich (Franklin).
Sylvia has won six of his last seven fights, falling to Abe Wagner in early 2011. However, a 2009 knockout loss to boxer Ray Mercer stains his resume.
It’s possible that the UFC could always look to Sylvia as a challenger for a rising star in the division, but given White’s choice words for “The Maine-iac,” it seems unlikely that we’ll see the 36-year-old inside the Octagon again.