Career record: 28-7
Career highlight: Forget about his two runs as the UFC heavyweight champion. Being on the receiving end of the most embarrassing knockout in MMA history is his shining moment.
What he has been up to lately: Getting knocked out by a former TUF cast member.
Tim Sylvia being near the top of the heavyweight rankings between 2003-2007 must be the proof one needs to know just how weak the division was during that time. He was able to win his first UFC title in 2003 when he overwhelmed Ricco Rodriguez with strikes in the first round.
He was able to successfully defend his title once before he lost it to Frank Mir in the match that I dubbed "The arm snap heard around the world.'
Mir had Sylvia in a deep armbar, Tim refused to tap, and subsequently had his forearm snapped. For those who saw it, you know it sent shivers down your spine.
Sylvia would come back to regain the belt from Andrei Arlovski at UFC 59. We would successfully defend the title twice before getting schooled for five rounds by Randy Couture.
He then went on to lose against the bigger of the Nogueira brothers before he got the chance to take on the baddest man in the sport—Fedor.
The fight was hyped up like crazy by Affliction, who decided to turn their popular clothing line in a failed attempt to start a MMA promotion.
When the two finally met, the fight lasted all of 36 seconds before Fedor submitted Sylvia with a rear naked choke.
Now here is where everything goes completely down hill. Ray Mercer (yes, the former boxing champion) took on the Maine-iac in a MMA match. Just nine seconds later, Sylvia was laid out cold is what has to rank among the most embarrassing losses any MMA fighter has ever suffered.
After that abortion of a loss, Tim went on a four-fight winning streak before getting KO'ed by Abe Wagner at TFC 16 a few weeks ago.
Unfortunately, we'll see Sylvia in a cage on television sooner than later. My guess is Strikeforce, where he will get fast-tracked to a title shot.
Remember, it is Strikeforce we're talking about here.