Former UFC Heavyweight champions Pedro Rizzo and Tim Sylvia are rumored to be meeting for Powerhouse World Promotions in early 2011, but despite previous rumors, UFC President Dana White stated on the record that he has no plans to offer a contract to the winner of the fight.
“Where the [expletive] did that come from?” White asked with a laugh.
“In no way, shape or form do I want to disrespect Pedro because I really do like him, but he needs to retire. I’d like to see Pedro retire.” [MMA Junkie]
“The Maine-iac” Sylvia earned a 2nd round KO victory over former UFC contender Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello in PWP’s first-ever event on August 14th. It was on that night’s PPV broadcast that the possibility of a Sylvia-Rizzo matchup was first brought up.
Brent Brookhouse at Bloody Elbow remarked that a “win over Rizzo would give Tim four consecutive victories and as faded as he I still think he could give a lot of heavyweights problems just via his reach. It’s extremely unlikely that Tim would even come anywhere near cracking the top ten but I firmly believe he’s at least as solid of a gatekeeper as a guy like Cheick Kongo.”
I have to agree the fighters like Cheick Kongo are a more accurate representation of what has been termed “MMA 2.0,” whereby these fighters are not only larger, they are also more athletic and have more skills to rely upon. Tim Sylvia isn’t a strong enough wrestler or grappler (literally, he’s NO threat off his back and all the top 5-6 guys in UFC are great wrestlers) while I would like to see Rizzo take a shot at Sylvia, I have no interest in these guys getting another shot at “the big time”. Strikeforce would be smart to consider these guys both to supplement their heavyweight division. If nothing else, it would give Andrei Arlovski something to do.
[Source: MMA Junkie via Blood Elbow]
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