Sylvia Comments On Fedor; Arlovski And Affliction's Future?

Derek BedellAnalyst IJuly 20, 2008

During the post-fight press conference for last night's Affliciton "Banned" PPV, Tim Sylvia had the following to say about his 36 second KO loss to Fedor Emelianenko:

"I know that I'm one of the best in the world, I was amazed at how good Fedor is. He hurt me right away and submitted me. The guy's a stud. I don't even think he's human. That guy hits hard. I've never been hit that hard before."

"I was definitely expecting there to be more of a feeling-out process. My manager says that it's good that [Emelianenko] did that because that means he gives me a lot of respect. He didn't want to go in there and play around. I guess I can kind of take that as a compliment. This guy is unreal. He's incredible, and I don't know if anybody's going to beat him for a while."

Credit: MMAJunkie.com/ 411mania.com

After Fedor's destruction of Sylvia there are many questions about what's next for the two fighters.

Fedor is the first ever WAMMA Heavyweight Champion and Sylvia's credibility and fresh start with Affliction has to be deemed an epic fail.

Of course the whole world wants to see Fedor Vs. Couture but I think Fedor's next opponent will likely be Andrei Arlovski.

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Arlovski's stand up against Ben Rothwell looked amazing.  It, arguably, could be the best we've ever seen from "The Pitbull."

His hip movement on each punch was outstanding. 

Each shot had more of a snap and his locations were great when hunting down "Big" Ben.

Those who study MMA know that the more hip movement on each punch brings more power and further distance when thrown at your opponent.

It no longer becomes just arm power, but your whole body's momentum thrown in with it.

It's a HUGE difference when feeling it and when throwing it, trust me!

Regardless of that, I'm sure most people "marked" out when Arlovski came up with that flying knee at the end of round two.


With a new boxing coach and new start with Affliction, there is a chance, albeit a small one, Arlovski could hold the WAMMA Heavyweight Championship belt.

Although it's highly unlikely considering Fedor has proved he's that damn good, Arlovski's stand up skills may have shown that he may be ready to dethrone "The Last Emperor."

However, if it goes to the ground, everything previously said will probably mean nothing.

Considering Randy Couture's current legal issues with his "retirement" and/or UFC contract, it may be more drama before we see the epic match up between "The Last Emperor" and "the Juggernaut." 

I call Randy that because he just seems to embody a metal shell around his whole body in which you can't hurt him.  Some may remember the spoof online of, "I'm the Juggernaut bi*&h!"  Watch it and picture Couture, pure comedy.

Until all this rubbish is cleared up we may just see an Arlovski/ Fedor war.  

I won't be mad to see that.

For Sylvia, his status has been tarnished a bit because of the fact that he got ruined. 

Not beat, not caught, but ruined!

Granted his only losses in his career are to Arlovski, Mir, Couture, Noguiera, and Fedor.

All champions at one point, so maybe Tim should be given some slack here.

I doubt Affliction will put him in there with some chum to get a big K.O. win, ala Kimbo Slice, so expect a real match up for Sylvia.

Possible opponents for "The Mainiac" could be Aleksander Emelianenko, Paul Buentello, or Josh Barnett.

All these fights would probably be pretty good match ups but I think with Aleksander they can use the loss Sylvia suffered to Fedor as marketing muscle to bring in more PPV buys.

"The brother of the guy who ran through Tim Sylvia is back to finish the job..."

You get the picture.

It would just be a matter of time to see if Aleksander can fix the issues he had of meeting licensing requirements for the CSAC before the weigh-ins. 

Time will tell.

Either way Affliction's card was a success.

With Fedor doing what he did, Arlovski looking better than ever, and familiar faces picking up wins, there are a lot of places to go from here.

Each fighter will have their own Affliction shirt branded after them, the big stars anyway.

This will bring in merchandising sales.

A Donald Trump backbone sure brings in the finances to put on a great card with great fighters.

And I'm sure there will be one more added bonus to make Affliction get even more PPV buys...enter Tito Ortiz.

Love him or hate him, the man knows how to promote his fights.

I can just see him having his first fight outside of the Octagon in Affliction's ring between those ropes.

The only questions would be against who?

Sobral, Belfort, or someone new? 

There's so many questions but it's great to see MMA becoming bigger then ever.

The mainstream media must now accept it... because it's here to stay.

Even Michael Buffer thinks so.

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