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Tim Sylvia kind of brings it on himself. He's like a high school kid who never gets the message that the cool lunch table doesn't want him—at least not without accessories like kick-me signs and so forth, which the kid endures because, well, maybe it really means they like him.
He's always been this kind of guy, all the way back to the stories about taking taunts during sessions at Miletich Fighting Systems. He never won fans over despite being UFC heavyweight champ.
After he was banished to the MMA hinterlands, his pleas to be reinstated to the Octagon fell on deaf (or, well, defiant) ears.
However, when the UFC was coming this summer to Sylvia's home state (and Dana White's vacation home state) of Maine, he was briefly linked to the card. It was a feel-good story in the making, and it seemed to redeem Sylvia's relentless push on Twitter to get White's attention.
Then the news came that he wasn't fighting in Maine, and that Dana White had blocked him.
Did he help his chances by losing to Ray Mercer or going winless in his four contests immediately prior? Nope, he did not. However, it's still sad to see a guy so hungry for approval once again on the outside, standing on top of an overturned milk crate and trying to make eye contact with someone who will come around and open the door for him.