Any hopes of former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia returning to the big stage were crushed last night after TUF 10 castaway Abe Wagner stopped him in just 32 seconds at Titan FC 16.
Suspicions that Sylvia wasn’t taking his career as seriously as he should emerged even before the fight began when he weighed in at 311lbs, some 37lbs heavier than his victory over Paul Buentello last August.
That was his first mistake. His second was to underestimate Wagner. From the opening bell he immediately went on the offense and appeared to be looking to put Wagner away early.
He was leaving his hands low and his chin exposed though, and Wagner capitalized with a straight right that clearly hurt Sylvia, and then pressed forward letting his hands fly as Sylvia hit reverse gear.
In amongst the flurry of punches a left connected directly with Sylvia’s chin and toppled the giant face first onto the canvas. He struggled back to his feet but he was still on wobbly legs and the referee stepped in to save him from further punishment.
All credit to Wagner who was facing a much bigger, more experienced fighter, but wasn’t intimidated and kept his composure, allowing him to seal the biggest win of his 8-3 career, and become known for something other than a disappointing run on the TUF show.
As for Sylvia, this was a humiliating defeat, and was reminiscent of other quick defeats he’s suffered in recent years, such as his 36 second loss to Fedor Emelianenko, and 9 second KO to Ray Mercer.
I believe this is a loss he could have avoided had he prepared properly and came in with a better gameplan, rather than just looking to slug it out with Wagner while showing no regard for the fighters own punching power.