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Tim Sylvia vs. Jerome LeBanner Under Consideration For Affliction 3

Tim SylviaFormer UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia may take on K-1 kickboxing standout Jerome LeBanner at Affliction’s third event, which is likely to take place in January or February 2009.

Affliction Vice President Tom Attencio confirmed the possible matchup to MMA News on Wednesday.

“In terms of fighters we are looking at Jerome LeBanner,” said Attencio on Sylvia’s next bout, “he is interested in doing MMA and apparently him and Tim Sylvia have some history between them so that is something that we are looking at right now.”

Sylvia (26-6) has lost back-to-back fights to Antonio Rodrigo Nogeira via third-round submission at UFC 81 in February and Fedor Emelianenko via first-round submission at Affliction’s first event, Banned, in July.

LeBanner (3-1-1) has posted three-straight mixed martial arts victories but has not competed since a March 2006 knockout of Jimmy Ambriz. In kickboxing LeBanner has dropped back-to-back contests to Semmy Schilt, including a late-June decision loss. He holds a 73-15 kickboxing record.


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