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    Default Tim Sylvia in talks to fight former boxing champ Ray Mercer

    Long-time MMA promoter and manager Monte Cox is looking to think out of the box for his next Adrenaline MMA shows as he is involved in negotiations to finalize the first-ever MMA rules matchup between a former heavyweight champions in MMA and boxing.

    Cox revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that an Adrenaline event tentatively scheduled for May 30 in Atlantic City, N.J. could be headlined by former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia taking on 46-year old former WBO heavyweight champion “Merciless” Ray Mercer.

    If signed, the bout would mark Sylvia’s first fight since losing to Fedor Emelianenko this past July during Affliction’s “Banned” event in a match that determined the first-ever heavyweight champion of the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts. Prior to that, Sylvia had lost to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81 last February in a bout in which the vacant interim UFC heavyweight title was on the line.

    Sylvia, who held the UFC heavyweight title on two separate occasions, has competed as a pro since 2001 and holds notable wins in his career over Ben Rothwell, Ricco Rodriguez, Andrei Arlovski, Jeff Monson, and Brandon Vera.

    He’d be facing an opponent in Mercer who has just one previous MMA fight to his credit, an exhibition match against Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson that took place on a Cage Fury Fighting Championship card in June of 2007. The fought was fought under the unified rules of MMA and the bout ended after Mercer submitted to a guillotine choke.

    Despite Mercer’s MMA inexperience, he still poses a unique threat to Sylvia. While the heavy-handed Slice felt it was prudent to take Mercer off his feet, Sylvia is not known for taking fights to the ground and instead may attempt to trade punches with a professional boxer that was good enough to win a Gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.

    For those who might be unable to attend the proposed matchup in Atlantic City, Cox also revealed that he’s currently involved in negotiations regarding a television partner for the event.
    Tim Sylvia in talks to fight former boxing champ Ray Mercer | Five Ounces of Pain


    Seems like he is just in for the W.

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    did i read that right? kimbo submitted this guy? WOW? should be a cake walk for sylvia then? wow, kimbo by submission......what a thought
    all other judo throws are done by little girls!

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    ^ Yeah it was a really quick fight too.

    Good lord. First he wanted to fight Ken Shamrock, now Ray Mercer? Man, Sylvia is coming off back to back losses (to Fedor and Nog, but still), and now he is looking at cans? That doesn't not look well for his top ten status.

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    Sylvia really knows how to earn the fans' respect doesn't he. I wouldn't be surprised if he started calling out special olympic winners soon.

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    ^ Thats a little to far Bones

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    What a joke.
    Fedor Emelianenko is the Greatest P4P MMA fighter to ever walk the earth, hands down.

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    if this is legit it is ridiculous - taking on a 46 year old boxer with a 0-1 record (with the loss to kimbo).

    tim please you are turning yourself into a bit of a joke - if you have to fight a boxer maybe call art jimmerson out of retirement - at least his loss is credible.

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    Tim Sylvia has always been goofy and difficult to like just because of his akwardness.

    Despite all this I always respected him as a fighter because he has beaten some really stiff competition in the past...even if it was not always exciting.

    Tim's recent eagerness to fight Ken and now even worse Mercer, is causing me to lose the respect that I had for him as a fighter...

    Bad move Tim.

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    War mercer!!!!

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    Wow, you go from winning the first 2 rounds against the 2nd best heavyweight and fighting the best heavyweight to fighting the guy Kimbo beat by submission. If the fight stays standing, it could be very interesting. I would rather see AA vs Timmy 4.

    However, maybe Timmy is not getting any other offers, or maybe the offers to fight real competition is not for as much $.

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