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Dana rains on our parades – Sylvia/Rizzo isn’t for UFC contract

Yesterday, several of our MMA blogger bretheren (read: those that, unlike us, break the occasional piece of non-scatological news) reported that the upcoming heavyweight tilt between former UFC Heavyweight Champions (I love Captain America, but even he was surprised to win that first fight’s decision, so I consider The Rock as the winner of said) Tim Sylvia and Pedro Rizzo would see the winner rewarded with a return to the Big Show.  However, seeing as how I’m up at the frozen ass crack of dawn to hear a crazy teabagger economics teacher tell me that Barney Frank alone caused the subprime mortgage crisis (because only Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made bad loans, amirite?), I figured I’d relay to you the downer that MMA Junkie has delivered:

“Where the [expletive] did that come from?” White asked with a laugh. …

“Pedro Rizzo is a great dude,” White said. “I have a good relationship with him. I’ve always had respect for him.

“In no way, shape or form do I want to disrespect Pedro because I really do like him, but he needs to retire. I’d like to see Pedro retire.”

Now, I’m being optimistic and reading this just as “no way I’m signing Rizzo if he pulls off the upset.”  To be fair, Rizzo has been fighting ghosts lately (South Africa?  Really?), and he chose to leave the UFC after defeating Ricco Rodriguez in 2003 (Rizzo goes on to call that decision “the biggest mistake of my career”).  This could mean that maybe this is still an audition for Tim (another voluntary deserter, although it was after a loss and he left to make $800,000 for 36 seconds of work) to make his way back in.  I just like the idea of headlining smaller/regional shows with these kinds of “win and you’re in” fights – I think it’s smarter for orgs to do that then have meaningless trinket belts.  Gives veterans a place to rebuild, prospects a place to be tested/build a record, and more eyes see the show.  Win-win-win.

  • CRM_Stephen

    Doesn’t mean the winner can’t get signed if they look good. This isn’t TUF. Why would he ever commit to that?

  • subo

    When you say a guy should retire, it’s kind of hard to give him a job after that. But like I chose to focus on, he didn’t say anything about not signing TIm if he won.

  • Jim

    Seriously, why would anybody give a fuck? Pedro wouldn’t even make a top 30 list and even when Timmy was his prime he sucked horribly.

  • CRM_Stephen

    Chuck has to have fought at least once since the first time Dana opined he should hang up the tiny gloves.

  • SST

    What parade?

  • Tanhauser

    how can either of those guys “look good?”
    they aren’t good.

  • scissors61

    SST–exactly. What parade? Was there a movement to get Rizzo or Sylvia back in the UFC? I mean, I love Pedro Rizzo. He’s probably my favorite old-school heavyweight along with Don Frye, but the dude is 36 and cuts if someone sneezes in his direction. Sylvia is…Sylvia. I’d much rather see Todd Duffee back in the organization than either of these guys.

  • GoldenArms

    Just another FAIL by subo. I see he chose to word Sylvia’s loss as 36 seconds of work instead of speaking the truth, “getting destroyed by the greatest heavyweight on the planet”. go somewhere else subo, you suck harder than jeff foxworthy

  • subo

    well, at the time, Fedor was the greatest HW on the planet, so I guess that’s fair.

    I think Timmay gives anyone not in the top five a good, solid fight.

  • dawgbone

    I thought he was talking about Sylvia’s loss to Mercer.

    But that was actually in 9 seconds.

  • scissors61

    at this point brendan schaub would fuck timmay seven ways from sunday. he’s shot

  • SST

    Sylvia would never make weight anyway, so it’s a moot point.

  • subo


  • scissors61

    Sylvia’s best win in the last two years is Paul Buentello. I rest my case.

  • subo

    He was up 20-16 on nog before he got subbed. “BUT NOG IS SHOT TOO LOL”. Timmay is big, strong and a very wily veteran.

  • glassjawsh

    cheick kongo > tim sylvia. nuff said

  • subo

    I’ll make you drink piss if that fight ever happens.