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Sylvia vs Arlovski IV narrowly avoided

A rumored fourth fight between Tim Sylvia and Andre Arlovski is NOT happening on Reboot ProElite’s second show as some were reporting. Instead, the two will face different opponents on the same card:

The main event is expected to be a heavyweight bout between former UFC champion Tim Sylvia and three-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro Rizzo. Additionally, fellow former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski will fight Travis Fulton, regarded as the busiest fighter in MMA history with more than 300 career fights.

Sylvia and Arlovski on the same card sets up the possibility for a future meeting between the two, which would be their fourth fight. Arlovski won their first bout, taking the UFC interim heavyweight title at UFC 51. Sylvia then took the belt from Arlovski with a first-round TKO at UFC 59 and defended it at UFC 61 three months later.

Though a published report says Sylvia and Arlovski will meet on the Nov. 5 show, ProElite’s head of fight operations T. Jay Thompson confirmed to MMA Fighting that Slyvia-Arlovski will not take place on that day. Additional sources told MMA Fighting it will be Rizzo meeting Sylvia – and that Sylvia-Arlovski IV is not in the promotion’s current plans, but could be targeted down the road. It’s a fight Arlovski, 1-2 against Sylvia, has wanted for some time.

It’s been five years since Sylvia / Arlovski III stank things up in the world of MMA – if Worsties had been around back then, it would have won Worst Fight of the Year. It was also the beginning of the end for ol Timmy, who locked in a new boring ass style of keeping guys on the outside and coasting to decision wins. I’m sure Andrei Arlovski wants to avenge those two losses, but I don’t know if fans are feeling the matchup. Even the possibility of a dramatic end to the ‘How taste my pee-pee’ saga isn’t enough to justify a fourth match between these two.

  • agentsmith

    Washed-up Arlovski is probably the most legit opponent Fulton has ever faced.

  • CAP

    Timmay has been way too fat to care about. Which is too bad if he had any dedication he could maybe be relevant again. I’d rather see an in shape Sylvia over a Ben Rothwell any day. No scrap between Tim/AA can erase that abortion of a third fight.

  • lukustra

    Eh, garbage meaningless fights in outside promotions are gonna happen and a lot of us are gonna watch the fights anyway. If were watching anyway, might as well see something semi intresting like Timmay vs Andrei “glassjawsh” Arlovski 4.

  • Reverend Clint

    timmy vs andrei in a russian roulette match with grenades

  • frickshun

    I think we have progressed enough as a sport where these past-their-prime name guys are not worth watching any more. We all know these fights will suck & there’s way too much high level fights happening the rest of the year to give a shit about this nonsense.

    PS: I did watch Petruzelli vs Ricco & maybe even enjoyed it.

  • lukustra

    and Arlovski being his top opposition? Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Sobral are?

  • FilmDrunk

    I’d rather see Arlovski vs. Rizzo. BATTLE OF THE GLASS CHINS! THIS FIGHT COULD LITERALLY AND AT ANY SECOND, POSSIBLY BEFORE THE FIRST BELL!

  • agentsmith

    and Arlovski being his top opposition? Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Sobral are?

    That was like 10 years ago, dude.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I’d rather see Arlovski vs. Rizzo. BATTLE OF THE GLASS CHINS! THIS FIGHT COULD LITERALLY AND AT ANY SECOND, POSSIBLY BEFORE THE FIRST BELL!

    YES!!  NC – Double KO (glove touch) R1 0:00

  • CAP

    ^Haha

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