4/08/2008 2:37pm, #1
Breaking News: Fedor Confirms Sylvia Fight
been a while since i've posted on here, but thought this was quite news-worthy....
Top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) will fight Tim Sylvia (Pictures) on July 19. The Russian mixed martial arts champion confirmed the bout to Sherdog.com on Tuesday.
"[Sylvia] is a good fighter, a strong fighter, the former UFC heavyweight champion, which is important," Emelianenko said via telephone from Stary Oskol, Russia. "I am looking forward to fighting him and training hard for this fight."
While Emelianenko was short on details, Sherdog.com has learned through sources close to the negotiations that Fedor-Sylvia would headline a card tentatively scheduled for the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, the home base of HDNet Fights.
Attempts to confirm the fight with HDNet went unreturned, however sources indicate the bout will air on the Mark Cuban-owned network and is rumored to be promoted by Affliction, a clothing brand closely tied to MMA.
Affliction had been connected with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, however a June 28 Las Vegas date has since been discarded.
Emelianenko, a 31-year-old sambo practitioner, has faced criticism from media and fans alike after a string of fights against less than stellar competition. Sylvia would represent the Russian's first ranked opponent since his unanimous decision over Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic nearly three years ago.
Widely regarded as the top heavyweight fighter in the world, Emelianenko (27-1-0, 1 NC) was recently freed from a letter of intent binding him to the now-defunct M-1 Global promotion.
Sylvia, 32, is coming off a submission loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures) in February at UFC 81. After a spirited performance that saw him batter his foe at will with strikes, Sylvia (24-4-0) eventually fell victim to a classic Nogueira come-from-behind performance and succumbed to a guillotine choke early in the third round.
4/08/2008 2:39pm, #2
Woah, I hadn't realized M-1 failed that quickly. I thought they still had another 2-3 shows in them before calling it quits.
4/08/2008 2:42pm, #3
Sylvia is going to give Fedor problems though.
Will this be in a ring or cage?
4/08/2008 2:46pm, #4Originally Posted by Goju - Joe
I've seen one of the HDnet shows, but i don't recall if it was cage or ring......
4/08/2008 2:50pm, #5
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wow, i guess im glad that fedor is facing actual competiotion but i'd really like him to sign with an established company and having good fights once in a while.
4/08/2008 2:52pm, #6Originally Posted by Kintanon
M1 Global never had a first event to have "another" after.
4/08/2008 2:54pm, #7
I don't think a cage will be much of a probelm for Fedor. Nor do I think Sylvia will pose much of a threat to him. Though, I am glad to finally see Fedor with a top ranked HW.
Regarding companies, etc...I could really care less as long as it is a good fight. If the sport is really going to develop, cross promotion will have to occur. People will have to start looking at fights, as opposed to promoters.
4/08/2008 3:00pm, #8
i think the previous HDnet fights have been in a ring, but i'm not sure.
either way, i agree with sambosteve that it won't bother fedor much and that he will make quick work of tim(may!)
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4/08/2008 3:08pm, #9
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Good lord, yeah Fedor has been untested and nuthugged way too much in the past few years, but how could he have trouble against Timmay? Fedor is a lot quicker, and it's not like he's never faced someone of Tim's "striking caliber"..
I consider this to just be filler until Fedor and Randy do their epic number.
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4/08/2008 3:13pm, #10
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