Timothy Deane Sylvia (born March 5, 1976) is an American retired mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, professional wrestler, and a former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion. He has competed as a Super Heavyweight and Heavyweight. While perhaps best known for competing in the UFC, Sylvia has also competed for Affliction, the International Fighting Championships (IFC), and ONE FC.

Tim Sylvia
BornTimothy Deane Sylvia
(1976-03-05) March 5, 1976 (age 45)[1]
Ellsworth, Maine, U.S.
Other namesThe Maine-iac
ResidenceKeosauqua, Iowa, U.S.[2]
Height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Weight240 lb (109 kg; 17 st 2 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight (2001–2008, 2011–2015)
Super Heavyweight (2009–2011, 2013)
Reach80 in (200 cm)
Fighting out ofPleasant Valley, Iowa, U.S.
TeamAmerican Top Team (2013–2015)
Miletich Fighting Systems (2001–2009)
Team Wolfpack (2009–2012)
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2001–2015 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout22
By submission2
By decision7
By knockout3
By submission4
By decision3
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

MMA careerEdit

Martial arts backgroundEdit

Sylvia was born and raised in Ellsworth, Maine, attending Ellsworth High School and graduating in 1992. He joined a karate school as a child, and began wrestling in high school. After graduation, he worked construction, community gardening, hanging sheet rock, as a bouncer, and painting houses. After high school, he played semi-pro football for three years before becoming interested in MMA, and began to train with Marcus Davis, a fellow bouncer.[3] During this time Sylvia decided to take up boxing and grappling. After training for a year, and winning grappling tournaments, he got the opportunity to fight in a Rhode Island no holds barred amateur event, in which he knocked out his opponent in 17 seconds.[4]

A long time UFC fan, Sylvia and some friends attended UFC 28 in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 2000. In late 2000 Sylvia sold all of his belongings and moved to Bettendorf, Iowa, to train with Team Miletich which had members such as former UFC champions Matt Hughes and Jens Pulver.[4] Sylvia was promoted to a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on October 31, 2011.[5]

Early professional careerEdit

Sylvia made his professional MMA debut in 2001 fighting for the IFC. He went on to rack up thirteen consecutive wins with ten knockouts in organizations such as the Hawaii-based SuperBrawl, and Extreme Challenge.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

In 2002, Sylvia signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and won a TKO victory over Wesley "Cabbage" Correira at UFC 39 when Correira's corner threw in the towel. Sylvia then went on to defeat Ricco Rodriguez at UFC 41, winning the UFC heavyweight championship for the first time. Soon after Sylvia defended his title with another quick victory over Gan McGee at UFC 44.


After the fight with McGee, Sylvia tested positive for the banned substance Stanozolol. He voluntarily forfeited his title and was handed a six-month suspension, and fined $10,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). He later commented that the steroid usage was for shedding excess weight. Sylvia apologized and made no effort to claim innocence.[6]


At UFC 48 in June 2004, Sylvia returned to face Frank Mir for the vacant UFC Heavyweight Championship; he lost. Early on in the fight Mir trapped Sylvia's right arm in an armbar submission attempt. As Sylvia tried to escape the hold, Sylvia's right radius bone snapped about three inches below his elbow. Referee Herb Dean immediately stopped the fight and declared Sylvia unable to continue. Sylvia took exception to the decision and repeatedly claimed his arm was not broken (though the break could be explicitly seen on the slow-motion replay of the fight), even touching it and moving it around to demonstrate. Sylvia was taken to a local hospital where an x-ray revealed that his arm was in fact broken; he then took several months off to recuperate. Afterward, Sylvia said he was glad the referee stopped the fight, thereby saving his arm from further damage.


Six months after his loss to Frank Mir, Sylvia returned (a titanium plate had been attached to his forearm) to the UFC in February 2005, taking on Andrei Arlovski to crown an interim UFC heavyweight champion as Mir, while still the nominal UFC champion, had suffered numerous injuries from a motorcycle accident that left him unable to defend his title. Sylvia was knocked to the ground by an overhand right punch, and while on the ground was caught in an Achilles lock and submitted.

In May 2005, Sylvia defeated Mike Block in the IFC by TKO, then went on to face MMA veteran Tra Telligman at UFC 54. With one second left in the first round, Sylvia landed a left head kick which knocked out Telligman. Sylvia made his cable television debut next, fighting Assuerio Silva at Ultimate Fight Night 3 on Spike TV, winning a unanimous decision after three rounds in a match that was intended to decide the next number one contender.

Reclaiming the titleEdit

At UFC 59, Sylvia was finally awarded his rematch with the then-outright champion Andrei Arlovski. During the fight Sylvia was knocked down via an overhand right by Arlovski, only to immediately stand up and swing back on buckled legs. Within ten seconds in a turn of events Sylvia dropped Arlovski with an uppercut, followed by hammerfists that left Arlovski motionless, thus once again taking the UFC heavyweight title. Soon after the match, Sylvia requested, and was given, a rubber match with Arlovski. Their third match took place at UFC 61, This time Sylvia controlled the fight for five rounds by utilizing his massive reach and constantly keeping the jab on Arlovski's face thus keeping him from coming in close. Sylvia won a lop-sided unanimous decision and remained the heavyweight champion.

Sylvia next fought Mundials world Jiu-Jitsu champion, 2-time ADCC world champion and Jiu-Jitsu Pan American champion Jeff Monson at UFC 65. Billed as a classic "striker vs. grappler" match, Sylvia won again via unanimous decision by keeping the fight on the outside with the jab. The fight showcased Sylvia's growth as a mixed martial artist as he avoided danger from Monson on the ground, and even attempted a triangle choke submission himself.

On March 3, 2007, Sylvia lost the UFC heavyweight championship to former UFC light heavyweight champion and future UFC hall of famer Randy Couture via unanimous decision. The judges all scored the bout 50–45, giving Couture his fifth UFC championship.

On October 20, 2007 at UFC 77, Sylvia defeated Brandon Vera via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–27, 29–28). In the post-fight interview he called out Cheick Kongo to fight for the spot as number one contender for the heavyweight championship belt.[7]

On February 2, 2008 Sylvia lost via guillotine choke to Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81 in Las Vegas for the interim heavyweight championship.

Early in 2008, Sylvia requested and was granted a release from his UFC contract, which still had one fight remaining on it. Sylvia cited unhappiness with pay, desire to face Fedor Emelianenko, the non-exclusive contracts of other organizations, and the opportunity to fight more often as his reasons for leaving.[8][9][10]


On March 28, 2008, Sylvia signed with Adrenaline MMA, formerly M-1 Global, to a two-year contract that allowed him to fight for other organizations while under contract with Adrenaline. A few weeks later he was offered to fight Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction Clothing's inaugural event Affliction: Banned. The fight took place on July 19, 2008, and saw the former Pride Heavyweight Champion dropping Sylvia and taking his back before securing a rear naked choke, forcing Sylvia to submit at 0:36 of the first round.

On February 25, 2009, Sylvia's manager (and Adrenaline MMA CEO) Monte Cox announced that Sylvia would face former boxing world heavyweight champion and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Ray Mercer in a boxing main event at Adrenaline MMA III on May 30, 2009, at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. However, after the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board refused to sanction the fight, the event was moved to Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama and rescheduled to June 13. Only days before the bout, it was changed to be contested under MMA rules, again because of sanctioning problems. When they finally met, Mercer knocked Sylvia out with a single punch nine seconds into the first round.[11] Sylvia weighed in at 310.6 pounds for the Super Heavyweight fight.

Before his bout with Mercer, Sylvia was scheduled to face Paul Buentello at Affliction: Trilogy. But after the devastating KO loss, Cox and Affliction decided it would be best for Sylvia to sit out the next few months, because of his recent losses.

After Affliction folded, Sylvia defeated Jason Riley via TKO (punches) 2:32 into the first round at the Adrenaline IV main event on September 18, 2009 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.[12] It was later revealed through Sherdog.com that Sylvia broke his right hand about a minute and a half into his fight with Riley, spoiling a debut with the Japanese promotion Dream, planned for October 25.

Sylvia's next fight was expected to be a rematch with The Ultimate Fighter alumni Wes Sims on March, 20th in Ohio. However, the Ohio State Athletic Commission refused to sanction the bout, saying that the fight was "non-competitive",[13] resulting in the bout being rescheduled to June 6, 2010, in Nova Scotia, Canada, for the IFC Superheavyweight title.

In the meantime, Sylvia fought five time World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski at Moosin: God of Martial Arts on May 21, 2010, winning by submission (punches).

The Sims fight was scuttled again (as well as another against UFC veteran Pedro Rizzo), when it was discovered that Sylvia broke his foot at Moosin.[14]

Sylvia defeated Paul Buentello by Knockout due to an uppercut at Powerhouse World Promotions: War on the Mainland on August 14.[15] As heavyweight fighter Pedro Rizzo entered the ring during the post fight interview, Powerhouse World Promotions announced Sylvia would make his first title defense against the fellow UFC veteran. The fight never occurred, however, as PWP disappeared after this inaugural event.

Sylvia fought Vince Lucero at CFX/Extreme Challenge on December 11.[16] Sylvia won the fight by submission due to punches.

Titan Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Sylvia fought Abe Wagner at Titan Fighting Championships 16 (Sylvia replaced Todd Duffee), Sylvia weighed in at 311 pounds and was defeated 32 seconds into the first round, ending his 4 fight win streak.[17] The super heavyweight matchup served as the main event of Friday night's HDNet-broadcast event, which took place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

Wagner's speed advantage was evident in the opening seconds, and he looked to pepper Sylvia with strikes on multiple levels as he retreated and stayed away from his opponent's length. Then a right hand brought about the beginning of the end.

Wagner caught Sylvia on the temple, and the former UFC champ was visibly staggered. As "The Maine-iac" tried to recover, Wagner went on the assault with jackhammer punches that chased Sylvia across the cage. Sylvia avoided the shots as he retreated, but once he reached the cage, Wagner landed a four-punch combination that saw his opponent slump to the canvas. Referee Jason Herzog wasted little time in rushing in to call the fight, and the decision was justified when Sylvia stumbled as he returned to his feet. The entire process took just 32 seconds.

Fight TourEdit

Sylvia was originally scheduled to face Shayne Adams (1–2) on August 13 at a Fight Tour event at the Rockford Metro Centre in Rockford, Illinois.[18] But due to a scheduling conflict with the athletic commission the event will now take place on August 20.[19] Sylvia was then scheduled to face Brian Heden at the August 20 Fight Tour event because the Illinois Athletic Commission would not approve the fight between Adams and Sylvia.[20] However the bout between Sylvia and Heden was later scrapped for unknown reasons and Sylvia would now face submission specialist Patrick Barrentine.[21] Sylvia defeated Barrentine via TKO in the first round.[22] Sylvia weighed in at 280.5 pounds for the bout, 30 pounds lighter than his previous bout against Wagner.[23]


Sylvia was expected to take on Pedro Rizzo at ProElite 2 on November 5,[24] However Rizzo later pulled out of the bout due to injury.[25] Sylvia instead competed against German heavyweight Andreas Kraniotakes[26] and won the fight via unanimous decision.

New England FightsEdit

Sylvia fought against Randy Smith at NEF: Fight Night 3 on June 16 in his home state of Maine.[27] Sylvia defeated Smith in 12 seconds via TKO.

ONE Fighting ChampionshipEdit

In mid-July 2012, it was announced that Tim Sylvia had signed with the Asia-based promotion ONE Championship.[28][29] The promotion quickly announced that Sylvia would face Andrei Arlovski in his debut, marking the fourth time the two fighters had faced each other. Sylvia and Arlovski faced off at ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation on August 31, 2012 in Manila. The fight between Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski ended in a no-contest due to an illegal soccer kick by Andrei Arlovski. According to ONE FC rules at the time, soccer kicks are legal only if the referee clears the fighter to do so after determining the grounded fighter can still intelligently defend himself. Arlovski received no such clearance, the kick was deemed illegal. Four days later, One FC eliminated the clearance restriction.

On May 31, 2013 Sylvia fought Tony Johnson at ONE FC 9: Rise to Power.[30] Sylvia lost by TKO (doctor stoppage) in 3:25 of the third round.

Inoki Genome FederationEdit

Sylvia fought Satoshi Ishii at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye and lost by unanimous decision.[31]

Fight NightsEdit

Sylvia fought Dagestan prospect Ruslan Magomedov at Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 13 and lost by unanimous decision.[32]


Sylvia was scheduled to face Juliano Coutinho at Reality Fighting on January 3, 2015, However Sylvia was denied medical clearance by the Mohegan Athletic Unit, and as a result the fight was cancelled. Sylvia weighed in at 371 pounds for the fight. When asked why the fight was cancelled Monte Cox, Sylvia’s manager, wrote on Facebook “Not 100 [percent] sure... because of his age he had to do a lot of meds at last minute,” Cox wrote. “In all he needed a stress test, MRI, EKG, eye, blood and physical." Apparently all the tests ordered by the Mohegan commission have made a significant impact on Sylvia’s bank account, as he wrote on Cox’s Facebook thread that he is “[$2,000] in the hole because of all the [tests] I had to do.[33] After the cancelled fight Sylvia announced his retirement from MMA. He appeared in the cage alongside his proposed opponent and said an MRI issue prevented him from competing. “This is the end of my career,” Sylvia said at Mohegan Sun Arena, adding, “They said that I’ve received enough damage over 16 years.”[34]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

On September 25, 2010, Sylvia made his pro wrestling debut, losing via submission to fellow mixed-martial-artist Josh Barnett, at IGF's Genome 13 event.[35]

A grassroots Twitter campaign started on August 1, 2013 for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling president Dixie Carter to sign Sylvia and add him to the TNA ranks. Sylvia himself endorsed the campaign by re-tweeting it to his Twitter followers.[36][37]

Personal lifeEdit

Sylvia has a son, Maverick, from his previous relationship.[2] In 2010, Sylvia confirmed that he is a police officer in the State of Illinois on a part-time basis (one day a month).[38][39][40][41]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
42 matches 31 wins 10 losses
By knockout 22 3
By submission 2 4
By decision 7 3
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 31–10 (1) Ruslan Magomedov Decision (unanimous) Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 13 October 27, 2013 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia Super Heavyweight bout.
Loss 31–9 (1) Tony Johnson TKO (doctor stoppage) ONE Fighting Championship: Rise to Power May 31, 2013 3 3:25 Pasay, Philippines Catchweight (271 lb) bout. Sylvia missed weight.
Loss 31–8 (1) Satoshi Ishii Decision (unanimous) IGF: INOKI-BOM-BA-YE 2012 December 31, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Openweight bout.
NC 31–7 (1) Andrei Arlovski NC (illegal soccer kicks) ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation August 31, 2012 2 4:46 Quezon City, Philippines Sylvia was unable to continue.
Win 31–7 Randy Smith TKO (punches) NEF Fight Night 3 June 16, 2012 1 0:12 Lewiston, Maine, United States
Win 30–7 Andreas Kraniotakes Decision (unanimous) ProElite: Big Guns November 5, 2011 3 5:00 Moline, Illinois, United States Return to Heavyweight.
Win 29–7 Patrick Barrentine TKO (punches and elbows) Fight Tour August 20, 2011 1 2:09 Rockford, Illinois, United States
Loss 28–7 Abe Wagner TKO (punches) Titan FC 16: Sylvia vs. Wagner January 28, 2011 1 0:32 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 28–6 Vince Lucero TKO (submission to punches) CFX: Extreme Challenge on Target December 11, 2010 1 2:44 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 27–6 Paul Buentello KO (punch) PWP: War on the Mainland August 14, 2010 2 4:57 Irvine, California, United States Won inaugural PWP Heavyweight Championship; Weight limit was extended to 275 lb.
Win 26–6 Mariusz Pudzianowski TKO (submission to punches) Moosin: God of Martial Arts May 21, 2010 2 1:43 Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win 25–6 Jason Riley TKO (punches) Adrenaline MMA IV September 18, 2009 1 2:32 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 24–6 Ray Mercer KO (punch) Adrenaline MMA 3: Bragging Rights June 13, 2009 1 0:09 Birmingham, Alabama, United States Super Heavyweight bout.
Loss 24–5 Fedor Emelianenko Submission (rear-naked choke) Affliction: Banned July 19, 2008 1 0:36 Anaheim, California, United States For the WAMMA Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 24–4 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 81 February 2, 2008 3 1:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 24–3 Brandon Vera Decision (unanimous) UFC 77 October 21, 2007 3 5:00 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Loss 23–3 Randy Couture Decision (unanimous) UFC 68 March 3, 2007 5 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States Lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 23–2 Jeff Monson Decision (unanimous) UFC 65: Bad Intentions November 18, 2006 5 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 22–2 Andrei Arlovski Decision (unanimous) UFC 61: Bitter Rivals July 8, 2006 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 21–2 Andrei Arlovski TKO (punches) UFC 59: Reality Check April 15, 2006 1 2:43 Anaheim, California, United States Won the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 20–2 Assuerio Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 3 January 16, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–2 Tra Telligman KO (head kick) UFC 54 August 20, 2005 1 4:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–2 Mike Block TKO (punches) IFC: Caged Combat May 21, 2005 1 1:26 Columbus, Ohio, United States Won vacant ISKA MMA Super heavyweight Championship.[42]
Loss 17–2 Andrei Arlovski Submission (achilles lock) UFC 51 February 5, 2005 1 0:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 17–1 Wes Sims TKO (punches) Superbrawl 38 December 12, 2004 1 1:32 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 16–1 Frank Mir Technical Submission (armbar) UFC 48 June 19, 2004 1 0:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the vacant UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 16–0 Gan McGee TKO (punches) UFC 44 September 26, 2003 1 1:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Later stripped of title following failed post-fight drug test.
Win 15–0 Ricco Rodriguez KO (punches) UFC 41 February 28, 2003 1 3:09 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 14–0 Wesley Correira TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 39 September 27, 2002 2 1:43 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 13–0 Jeff Gerlick TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 48 July 27, 2002 1 3:17 Tama, Iowa, United States
Win 12–0 Mike Whitehead TKO (knee and punches) Superbrawl 24: ROTH 2 April 27, 2002 1 2:38 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Return of the Heavyweights Tournament Final
Win 11–0 Jason Lambert TKO (doctor stoppage) Superbrawl 24: ROTH 2 April 27, 2002 2 4:13 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Return of the Heavyweights Tournament Semifinal.
Win 10–0 Boyd Ballard KO (knee) Superbrawl 24: ROTH 2 April 27, 2002 1 3:21 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Return of the Heavyweights Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 9–0 Mike Whitehead TKO (knee and punches) Superbrawl 24: ROTH 1 April 26, 2002 1 3:46 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Return of the Heavyweights Tournament Opening Round.
Win 8–0 Matt Fremmbling Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 47 March 16, 2002 2 5:00 Orem, Utah, United States EC 47 Heavyweight Tournament Final.
Win 7–0 Gino de la Cruz TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 47 March 16, 2002 1 0:43 Orem, Utah, United States EC 47 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 6–0 Ernest Henderson TKO (Henderson fell out of the ring) Extreme Challenge 47 March 16, 2002 1 0:29 Orem, Utah, United States EC 47 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 5–0 Greg Wikan Submission (guillotine choke) Extreme Challenge Trials November 17, 2001 3 2:20 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 4–0 Ben Rothwell Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 42 August 24, 2001 3 5:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 3–0 Greg Wikan TKO (corner stoppage) UW: Ultimate Fight Minnesota June 2, 2001 1 5:00 Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Win 2–0 Gabe Beauperthy Submission (arm-triangle choke) GC 3: Showdown at Soboba April 7, 2001 2 4:16 Friant, California, United States
Win 1–0 Randy Durant TKO (punches) IFC: Battleground 2001 January 19, 2001 1 2:05 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

See alsoEdit


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Preceded by 12th UFC Heavyweight Championship
April 15, 2006 – March 3, 2007
Succeeded by
Preceded by 9th UFC Heavyweight Championship
February 28, 2003 – October 15, 2003
Sylvia relinquished his title
Title next held by
Frank Mir