Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has revealed on his twitter account that he is looking to join the police force.
The 34 year old is keen to stress however that it is only in a part time capacity and he still plans to keep fighting as well.
26th March: Police inteview rt now hope I get the job.
27th March: still going to fight just a part time thing.
27th March: did written then physical and had first inteview last night everything has gone great so far.
Source: Tim Sylvia
At one time Sylvia was one of the most recognizable stars in the UFC, winning the heavyweight title on two separate occasions. After a loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81 in February of 2008 the 6ft 8″ fighter left the promotion and signed with Affliction who immediately placed him in a showdown with Fedor Emelianenko.
The fight did not go well for ‘The Maine-iac” as he lasted just 36 seconds against his formidable Russian opponent. Things went from bad to worse when Sylvia faced former professional boxer Ray Mercer at Adrenaline MMA 3 and was promptly knocked out in just nine seconds. In a little over a year the former champion had went from only being defeated three times in 27 fights, to losing three in a row.
Sylvia did bounce back with a win just three months later at Adrenaline MMA 4, defeating Jason Riley by a first round TKO, taking his career record to 25-6, but the damage to his reputation had already been done.
Recently he had been set to fight for DREAM in their upcoming event in Korea, but that has now been canceled, one of a number of fights that appear to have fallen through for the fighter. The latest word is that he will be fighting former ‘World’s Strongest Man’ Mariusz Pudzianowski, who is 1-0 in his fledgling mixed martial arts career, in May.
It’s unclear at this stage whether Sylvia is aiming to take on a full-time career in the force after his fighting career is over or not.