Goddamn is Big Tim a stupid idiot. News swirling around the guy is that he’s about to leave the UFC, presumably to take over the role of overpriced heavyweight fighter for whatever the fuck M-1 Global is going to call itself down the road.
Here’s my prediction on what’s happened: Even though Tim has one more fight on his contract, I bet the UFC has released him. Why would they do something so seemingly benevolent? Because they recognize Syvlia is more trouble than he’s worth: he’s unpopular, expensive, and he beats more exciting fighters and makes them look terrible.
Why wouldn’t Dana White want someone like Tim Sylvia fighting for M-1 Global, costing them big buck and boring the shit out of people? Tim Sylvia would be a minimal draw at best on a non-UFC PPV … the only reason people *might* tune in is if Monte Cox books him against someone who’s likely to actually whup his ass. And the only guy I can think of who’s not Russian or fighting exclusively for the Japanese is Josh Barnett, another big money low return fighter.
Long story short, I think the UFC has basically let Tim go so that whoever picks him up bleeds a lot of money for very little return. Monte, Gary, whoever ends up picking him up … doesn’t matter. They might as well put 150k in a pit and set it on fire for an accurate idea of how well Tim will do for their business.