Tim Sylvia was never supposed to be the heavyweight champion of the world. When he stepped into the Octagon at UFC 41 to face Ricco Rodriguez, with only one UFC fight under his belt, the plan was for Rodriguez to dispose of the six-foot-eight UFC newby.

Well… someone forgot to tell Sylvia the plan.

He may have entered the Octagon being served up on a silver platter, but he left it with gold around his waist.

Despite a 22-2 professional record, it seems that Sylvia has never received the respect usually accorded to a champion. He did end up losing the belt he took from Rodriguez, and dropped a bout to Andre Arlovski. Yet, he won that belt back by avenging his loss to Arlovski with a TKO and took a unanimous decision in their rubber match.

This Saturday night, Sylvia defends his UFC World Heavyweight Championship against “The Snowman” Jeff Monson. Believe it or not, Big Tim is finally getting some credit and is the odds on favorite going into this fight.

Hear what he has to say as he prepares for Monson, the latest defense of his belt as he joins Damon & Jeff on MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio tonight LIVE at 6pm PST / 9pm EST.

Also joining the show is Travis Lutter. Lutter quickly finished fellow Ultimate Fighter Season 4 middleweight finalist Patrick Cote via arm bar over the weekend setting up a shot at the UFC middleweight title currently held by Anderson Silva. Find out what Lutter has to say about his experience on The Ultimate Fighter and his current station as the number one contender.

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