Although Tim Sylvia has had his hopes of returning to the UFC dashed in the past, the massive fighter is still hoping to return to the organization where he was once the heavyweight champ. It may seem far fetched to some, considering he was persona non grata with the UFC after he jumped to Affliction in 2008, but it was only last summer reports surfaced stating Sylvia was going to fight Daniel Cormier for Strikeforce.
In a recent interview with MMA Weekly.com, regarding the 37 year-old’s May 31st, ONE FC: Rise to Power bout with Tony Johnson, the vet acknowledged that he wants to return to the UFC.
“I don’t know what is going to happen in the future of the UFC heavyweight division. Ideally I would like to finish out my career where it started and that is in the UFC. There’s great fights out there for me and I’d like to put on a great show for the fans on the biggest stage there is, and that’s obviously the UFC.”
And is there anyone currently on the UFC roster who Sylvia would like to throw down with, if and when his dream becomes a reality?
“Frank Mir, first and foremost. You know, unfinished business man. He broke my arm and I wanted to keep fighting and they wouldn’t let me, so I’m irritated.”
Sylvia is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Satoshi Ishii while fighting at Inoki-Bom-Ba-Ye 2012, and before that, he was outgunned by Andrei Arlovski at ONE FC 5, until his longtime rival punted him illegally and the bout was declared a no-contest. So, one would think Sylvia has some work to do with ONE FC over the coming months before there’s any chance of a UFC offer coming his way. Then again, as they always say in MMA, anything can happen.