Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia might be making another big move soon–to the land of the Rising Sun.
Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, confirmed to MMAInsider that Japanese promotions Dream and Sengoku have expressed interest in importing the tree-limbed fighter. No agreements have been signed, but negotiations are ongoing.
Sylvia’s non-exclusive deal with Affliction allows the move, although Cox says he would also like to see Sylvia face off with Paul Buentello or Roy Nelson on Affliction’s January card–i.e., someone a little less lofty than Fedor Emelianenko–to lay the groundwork for a comeback.
Save for a few marquee names, Dream and Sengoku’s heavyweight divisions are paper thin. If Sylvia’s in the mood for sushi, he might do some serious damage in Japan.