Tim Sylvia's Attempt To Disgrace Mixed Martial Arts Is Complete, Thanks To Ray Mercer
Tim Sylvia showed up to his fight against Ray Mercer grossly overweight, reportedly coming in at 310 pounds, almost 50 pounds over his fighting weight back when he was the UFC Heavyweight champion. He apparently wasn't taking Mercer very seriously, and paid dearly. He got knocked out by Mercer in only 9 seconds, cementing his role as an also-ran in the world of combat sports.
I never thought that Sylvia was all that good. Even when he was the UFC Champion, he rarely won fights because of his technical skill. Instead, he won by sheer size. The heavyweight division had guys who were anywhere from 220 to 265, so most of Sylvia's opponents were a solid 20-40 pounds lighter than him. While that would never happen in the lower weight classes, it was the norm in the heavyweight division for Sylvia to be the much bigger man.
Randy Couture finally had enough of it, and came out of retirement to take Sylvia's belt from him, despite the fact that Couture had normally fought at light heavyweight. Ever since that fight, Sylvia's career went on a tailspin, leading him out of the UFC, into Affliction where he was destroyed by Fedor Emelianenko, and now to this exhibition against Mercer, after which Sylvia should do himself a favor and fade into obscurity.
My only hope is that people don't look at this fight as an example of MMA vs Boxing. Tim Sylvia is, always has been and always will be a joke in the MMA world. His skills have always been non-existent, and it has finally caught up to him.
Congratulations, Tim Sylvia, for embarrassing yourself and your sport. Now, please go away. Thank you.
Ray Mercer KOs Tim Sylvia [Fanhouse]