Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia surprised fans when he left the UFC in 2008, but he had plans of taking on the No. 1 ranked heavyweight fighter at the time, Fedor Emelianenko.
The anticipated matchup headlined the first Affliction show on PPV, and it was well worth the wait. Nobody expected "The Last Emperor" to finish Sylvia in less than a minute, but he did just that.
After Emelianenko landed a wild combination, Sylvia flopped the the ground and ended up in the same position he was in during the first minute of his fight with Randy Couture.
The only difference is Emelianenko had no intentions of letting it go all five rounds. He hooked in the hooks and choked him out with a rear-naked choke at only 36 seconds.
Sylvia earned a $800,000 paycheck for his effort—roughly $20,000 a second the fight lasted.
Sylvia would be the fourth former UFC champion that the Russian fighter would beat before taking on other heavyweight standouts, including Andrei Arlovski, Brett Rogers, Antonio Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum.
Emelianenko's next bout will come against former two-time Pride champion and current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson. It will be contested in the heavyweight division and goes down on July 30 on Showtime.
Henderson is currently on a two-fight win streak while Emelianenko has dropped back-to-back defeats in his last two fights. This will be a very important fight for both fighters, especially Emelianenko.
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