Abe Wagner: Knocking out Tim Sylvia was the first step towards a UFC return

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"I think that if anything, it’s redemption for my performance on The Ultimate Fighter. Hopefully it goes a long way to setting the record straight to the kind of fighter I am. If I would have knocked him out in 10 seconds, everybody would have said it was a lucky punch. If it would have taken 10 minutes, everyone would have said it was because he didn’t have any conditioning. We stood in there for a while and the outcome was the outcome and neither of those excuses could be used. My general goal is to fight at the highest level I can, and obviously the end game is to fight in the UFC. As far as what I want to impress on people; win or lose I just want to fight hard and display my skills and athletic ability."

After flattening 311-pound former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia via technical knockout (strikes) in just 32 seconds into their main event fight at Titan Fighting Championships 16 back on Jan. 28, Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 washout Abe Wagner looks to use his momentum to slowly work his way back to the big show. Was he impressive enough to warrant a second look? Or simply taking advantage of a bloated has-been trying to skate by on what's left of his name?

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