Tim Sylvia Denied To Fight By Athletic Commission; Weighs In 371 Pounds
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia (31-10, 1 NC), was scheduled to fight tonight at Reality Fighting 52 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Sylvia was not cleared to fight due to having to meet many standards due to his age (38 years old). Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation director Mike Mazzulli denied Sylvia clearance to compete.
Monte Cox, Sylvia’s manager was not entirely sure of the situation. Cox posted on his facebook page, “Because of his age he had to do a lot of meds at last minute…in all he needed a stress test, MRI, EKG, eye, blood and physical”. Sylvia has confirmed that he needed to perform extra testing due to his age, and that he had to pay out $2,000 in medical testing.
Sylvia was supposed to match up against Juliano “Banana” Coutinho (6-1). Sylvia’s fight has been cancelled, the show will however go one with 11 additional fights. Sylvia has had weight issues for a long time, and he has fought at one time over 300 pounds back in 2010. Sylvia has lost his last three fights, and has not won a bout since January 2012.
This is another step in the wrong direction for Sylvia, who at one time was a top contender in the UFC, winning the heavyweight title twice.