Afflictions Tim Sylvia Off To Bigger and Better Things

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Updated: July 10, 2008

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In a recent interview with the Baltimore Sun, Tim “Maine-iac” Sylvia answered questions on a wide rang of topics including his July 19th Affliction Banned fight with Fedor Emelianenko, MMA on Primetime, Kimbo Slice and Brock Lesnar. Here’s some clips.

Sylvia on fight with Fedor:

MMA Stomping Grounds: It’s been awhile since Fedor has fought a top heavyweight. Do you think that will factor into this fight at all?

Sylvia: I’ve fought top 10 guys the past three years and he hasn’t. His competition hasn’t been very good. He’s fought fat middleweights or he’s fought freakshows who weren’t good fighters. I think it’s going to benefit me a little bit.

Sylvia on MMA in Primetime:

MMA Stomping Grounds: What’s the biggest misconception most casual sports fans have about MMA?

Sylvia: The biggest thing is they think it’s barbaric or they think it’s fake. We need more mainstream coverage, bigger shows, bigger events. The UFC eventually getting on prime time, showcasing the superstars they have and not using Internet idiots to produce the sport and publicize it.

Sylvia on Kimbo Slice:

MMA Stomping Grounds: Speaking of Internet idiots, what do you think about Kimbo Slice?

Sylvia: I commend him for becoming somebody and making a living for himself. I’m not mad at Kimbo for making a living — he’s a self-made man. They put his fights on You Tube and then they said, I wanna pay you $300,000 to fight on prime time TV. You can’t get mad at him for that. You gotta get mad at the people putting fights on TV. There are better guys to showcase, guys who have busted ass, who have fought for 200 bucks and had to get stitches and have paved the way for other fighters. A guy like Kimbo can walk in and be on prime time to fight a bum — it’s not fair to the true mixed martial artists.

Sylvia on Brock Lesnar:

MMA Stomping Grounds: What do you think about Brock Lesnar?

Sylvia: I think once again, he’s a guy who it’s not fair to come in and be the co-main event. To have one fight and get half a million, it’s not fair to guys like me and guys like [Antonio Rogerio] Nogueira. I know why they try to do this — to get more fans — but there are guys out there who have been loyal to the sport and when stuff like this happens it’s like a slap in the face.

Read the Full Interview Here

32 Comments

  1. tom

    July 10, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Tim is speaking the truth

  2. Kash

    July 10, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Yeah thats some real talk. I can't even comment on this because what he said about Kimbo and Brock was exactly what I think. I also agree that he's fought better fighters than Fedor recently, but he's still going down anyway.

  3. Ryan S

    July 10, 2008 at 7:40 am

    I agree with everything except the fedor comment. I don't think, based on Sylvia's fight technique, fighting top ten fighters is not necessarily going to help him.

  4. mmabully

    July 10, 2008 at 7:45 am

    I bet brock would woop his glass chin. Truth or not brock would pound him out. Im not even a fan of brock, just speaking the truth. Tim's going to get the true meaning of fighting fedor. Boom, now your on your back.

  5. krage

    July 10, 2008 at 7:52 am

    ok first off I am NOT a fan of Tim. but he will expose Fedor as just a good, pumped up light heavyweight who hasn't proven him self with valid opponents. I think most people just like him because he's more underground, rather than the over hyped reality stars that everyone knows about. yeah i know, he's such great sambo fighter. but we'll see when big Tim's the one standing across from him……… And if I have to eat my word(very possible) It won't be as sweet as seeing Rampage eat his………. Rampage-to Forest(bet you our fight don't go to decision) …………… just had to through that in there

  6. roy

    July 10, 2008 at 8:42 am

    he beat the current ufc champ 2-3 times

  7. Onri

    July 10, 2008 at 9:22 am

    The first time I saw Fedor he was getting ready for his fight with Coleman by playing cards and probably taking a shot of vodka. I knew he was probably bad ass. Watch his fights though. Fedor isn't cut or huge, but he has crazy strength and never gets shaken in a fight. He is so fast too on the feet and the ground. I'm putting some serious cash on Fedor to win that fight.

  8. roy

    July 10, 2008 at 9:30 am

    heres a good clip of fedor, he is very agile and fast for a heavy weight

    http://genghiscon.wordpress.com/2007/03/07/fedor-

  9. Nichole Lesniak

    July 11, 2008 at 4:16 am

    Onri – have you ever seen any of Fedor's training clips? Some of the things he does are pretty intense….

  10. steve

    July 11, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Fedor runs 10 miles a day in training. That and he trains with one of the best and bigge HW's at the top end of the division. His BROTHER. He does Sambo with him and everything. Tim is only 2 inches taller than Alexander.OMG Krage did u actually say fedor hasnt prven himself against top fighters and that he is just a LHW? You are a fucking idiot. Fedor when Pride was still around basically took over the division by beating anyone who people thought could be #1. He was the undisputed champ of the division. And I think he still is. So if you think he hasnt earned his Rank then u no nothing of what ur talking about and should just go watch some of fedors old fights or look up his record on sherdog and see who he has beat cuz its clear u n=know very lil about him and the sport.

  11. dane drebin

    July 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    fedor has earned his stripes for sure but lately he hasnt done very much to keep the fans from asking why the fuck havent u been fighting top comp if u want to be considered number 1? he has beaten a who's who of fighters but not lately and until he beats tim a top 5 heavy than everyone has the right to question his ranking. MJ was the best basketball player of all time but when he was out of the nba u didnt see people still giving him the MVP award. i think one of the biggest things that makes people go "huh?" is that crocrop came into the ufc and got beat by two nobodys and before that took fedor to a decision. this fight will tell us a lot about how fedor has kept up on his skills and im looking forward to seeing how he fares.

  12. josh hamlin

    July 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Affliction is gay. Fedor is gay. Tim sylvia is gay. The whole circus is gay! Period.

  13. YC

    July 12, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    i think silvia has the edge going in the fight with his more recent fights and all of them were world top contenders, but i really dont care for tim silvia becuase of that wack ass fight he had with Nogueira, iono if it was just me but he gave up at the end he had Nogueira beat then the big tree stump had to get taken down and get tapped out. it looked liked he didnt give a shit and just wanted to leave UFC. but any ways, i think Fedor's winning streak might come to a end on July 19th. Fedor looks like a child next to tim.

  14. dane drebin

    July 12, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    josh hamlin is gay

  15. dane drebin

    July 12, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    but atleast hamlin can spell sylvia right

  16. YC

    July 12, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    he's not that important to remember how to spell his name!!!

  17. Businessman

    July 12, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    I agree with 2 facts: 1. That Josh is gay; and 2. That Fedor will win the fight!

  18. Steveo

    July 13, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Agreed on gayness of josh, I would like to see him lose, but he is fighting the Slothiac so he should win

  19. kom34

    July 13, 2008 at 1:33 am

    i'm dropping some cash into bodog for fedor and babalu to win. i don't think sylvia has a chance outside of a freak punch or kick that somehow drops fedor. but even when fedor drops he would get back up.

  20. josh hamlin

    July 14, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Okay, if I'm gonna dish it I have to take it. Fine. Honestly though it means nothing if either Fedor or Sylvia wins if Couture is out of the game. So who really cares.

  21. Onri

    July 14, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    What does that mean? If Couture is out then the HW division is sunk? No way, these are considered top Heavyweights and it's going to say a lot about Fedor and Sylvia.

  22. dane drebin

    July 14, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    this is a major fight and the fact that it's happening out of the ufc is a big deal plain and simple

  23. krage

    July 16, 2008 at 2:33 am

    hey steve, stop sugar coating it, and tell me how you really feel.

  24. roy

    July 16, 2008 at 2:46 am

    josh if it means nothing to you than mma probally means nothing to you as well.

  25. josh hamlin

    July 16, 2008 at 4:10 am

    What I'm saying is that Sylvia has already proven his worth. He had Noguera beaten and blew it. He has shown that he has a glass jaw and he's vulnerable to the better athlete. Fedor has more to lose in this one.

    Fedor 2nd round ko.

    And Roy…you mean nothing to me.

  26. roy

    July 16, 2008 at 4:13 am

    who has a glass jaw nog or fedor?neither one has ever been knocked out.

  27. Josh Hamlin

    July 17, 2008 at 3:50 am

    Sylvia has the glass jaw.

  28. roy

    July 17, 2008 at 4:24 am

    oh sylvia who has never been knocked out and took a brutal shot from aa and got up and won has a glass jaw.

  29. josh hamlin

    July 18, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Yes,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erYZJ4H3cTQ

    at 3:55 he proves it. Vulnerable chin.

  30. roy

    July 18, 2008 at 3:19 am

    josh you should have looked up there 2nd fight that was a way more brutal punch, but either way you miss the fact that tim did not go out and took a clean punch on the chin, so i would say he has a pretty solid chin

  31. josh hamlin

    July 18, 2008 at 3:56 am

    For the sake of a good fight on Saturday I hope you are right.

  32. roy

    July 18, 2008 at 4:01 am

    i'm not saying he can't be knocked out, i could see that happening but striking will probally be the least of his problems against fedor

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