Tim Sylvia Gets the Call to Face Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce

July 20, 2012
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Strikeforce has been searching for an opponent to face Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier and it appears they found their man.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has received the call to step in and face Cormier at the upcoming Strikeforce event currently rumored for Sept 29 in Sacramento.

Sources close to the match-up confirmed the new bout to MMAWeekly.com on Friday. MMAJunkie.com first reported the contest.

Over the last several months, Tim Sylvia has told everyone that would listen that he wanted another shot in the UFC. Well, if he’s going to get back to the big show he’s certainly being made to earn it.

With a 3-1 record over his last four fights, Sylvia has picked up victories in his last three fights in a row, finishing two of them by TKO.

The last time Sylvia fought under the Zuffa family of organizations was back in 2008 when he lost a heavyweight title fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Sylvia exited the promotion, but in recent months has been itching to get one more run in the Octagon.

As recently as Thursday, UFC President Dana White has stated that Sylvia would not be back in the Zuffa fold even as part of Strikeforce.

“That’s not true, no,” White answered when asked directly about Sylvia’s possible involvement with a Strikeforce bout.

Regardless of that statement, it appears at least for now that Sylvia will be welcomed to Strikeforce and will face Daniel Cormier in his final bout with the promotion before moving over to the UFC heavyweight division.

Cormier will battle Sylvia after an incredible run as an alternate in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix where he blew through the tournament with wins over Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva and Josh Barnett.

Following the fight in Sept against Sylvia, Cormier will then move over to the UFC as Strikeforce does away with its heavyweight division.

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  • Mario

    Interesting match-up.

    I see Daniel utilizing his wrestling to take this one.

  • DrkDisciple

    Lol Strike”farce” keeps getting funnier. Sylvia obviously gets destroyed in that match-up!

  • shakejunt

    can only imagine who they get to fight barnett now…

    • mrsister

      Is it April Fools Day? This is ridiculous.

  • Maine2Alaska

    being a Mainer my self and a fan since i saw Tim Beat the snot out of Cabbage in New Jersey years back, I gotta say im pretty surprised about this huge matchup Tim has on his hands. I dont know if the promotion just cant find anybody, or if they “THINK” they are just setting Daniel up with a comfortable win. Its a dangerous match up for Daniel because Tim throws some awesome counter punches and combos with his long reach. I just hope Tim is really working on his sprawl and his hips.. Good Luck TIM!

  • What a joke…

  • RubeKegal

    War Sylvia!!!! Ok I know he has a 1% chance but id love to see that 1% hit.


    i like it. lol.

  • grettz

    Wow lmao good matchup here bahahaha

  • maddawgmar

    This is nothing but a resume fight. A tune up for Daniel Cormier before he moves to UFC. And a promotion tool, so they could say he beat two former UFC champs. And when he gets to the UFC they will put him in a title eliminator against Overeem to fight the winner of JDS and Velasquez. It will be interesting to see if Velasquez and Cormier would fight if it comes to that.

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    • phrankthetank

      Cormier said this week that if Cain is champ he’ll try to make 205

  • browill70

    Now is the opportunity to get back into the UFC. Not much of a chance but good luck nonetheless.

  • Prodigy815

    Repeat of the Fedor fight

  • rsnowbass

    Lose Lose situation for Big D.

    Whether he wins or loses, he will still be criticized…uless it’s complete and utter destruction.


  • D-rail

    Even of Sylvia pulled the upset, not interested in seeing him in the UFC.

  • ldhzenkai

    Dana White just said this wasn’t true on twitter. Check your sources better mmaweekly