Courtesy of FiveOuncesofPain
I know that I'm going to catch some guff for suggesting that Big Timmy has any business returning to the world's most elite organization for fighters, but he can do more good than most folks realize.
As a former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, Sylvia successfully defended the prestigious belt three times. Neither Frank Mir, nor Brock Lesnar, nor Randy Couture can make that claim.
The former champion is willing to take a huge pay cut in order to fight. In a March interview, Sylvia stated that he would be willing to take "entry-level money" if it got him back in the UFC. When that didn't score him a shot with Dana, Sylvia took it one step further, stating that he was willing to go through the Ultimate Fighter house if necessary.
Sylvia knows that he has embarrassed himself a time or two, but he has cleaned up his act, winning six of his last seven fights, although he has competed mostly as a super heavyweight. His sole heavyweight fight during that time was a win under the ProElite banner back in November, so he is certainly capable of making the weight class, as he has done so in the past six months.
With his credentials alone, Sylvia can produce some additional viewership on any event. Need a strong co-main event for a UFC on FX show? A former world champion is an easily marketable draw on any event.
What about elevating younger talent? Sylvia thinks he can win, and if he can, then good for him. But if he can't, it can only do good things for the guys currently on the roster. Do you think Travis Browne wouldn't benefit from knocking Sylvia into unconsciousness? How about giving Stipe Miocic or Stefan Struve the opportunity to show off their potential by giving them the opportunity to beat a fighter who used to be on top of the division?
Sign the guy and let him fight for cheap. What's the worst that could happen? Either he wins, which makes people think he is on a comeback, or he loses, and a young fighter has a big name on his resume.