Tim Sylvia was a guest on Sherdog Radio and Zach Arnold at Fightopinion.com was cool enough to transcribe the conversation. Take a look at Sylvia's thoughts on his career and his image:
You talked about yourself being a legend in MMA, but a lot of people don't see you that in that light. You seem to have a chip on your shoulder a lot…
“Yeah, I do, I mean, there's only been one other heavyweight that's had the belt for five times and that's Randy, so him and I are both tied with that for the Heavyweight belt. You know, it is what it is, if that's the way people want to look at me, so be it. But I know what I've done and I know no one else has been a five-time UFC Heavyweight champion besides Randy… I just want to you know fight again as soon as possible, I did break my big toe, my toe next to it on my right foot when I was kicking him when he was on the ground so I'm hoping I can start doing something in a week or two and I get back in there and get in shape and fight again. I think the next fight is going to be at 265 so that's what we're shooting for and trying to get a fight at that class, that way it forces me to get down there and stay down there.”
Fans really either love you or hate you. Do you care about changing your image?
“Nope. It is what it is. I'm who I am. I've made statements and stuff you know if you hate me, I hate you, I don't care, I don't care if you don't like me to be honest with you. That's just the way it is. I'm not going to change for anybody, I'm not going to you know try to kiss people's butt and so on and so forth, that's just not me you know. I'm from the East Coast and that's just the way we're all brought up.
“You know when you're my friend you know that and we are close and we do things together with the guys that I you know I'm on the police force now, all those guys we all great along with great. Everybody I'm hunting with in the hunting industry. The guys that I mud race with you know. The guys I did movies with. When I met somebody and they're around me long enough to where we hang out and spend a couple of days together, I pretty much end up being lifelong friends with them so you know when you get to know me and I get to you know and we become friends it's friends for life.”