The town of Lewiston, Maine, has just been put on notice.
That's because two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia has been booked to fight in the main event of New England Fights' (NEF) "Fight Night III" at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on June 16, 2012.
From NEF co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson:
"Nick (DiSalvo) and I have received a flurry of calls and emails since word leaked that Sylvia will be on the June card. Calls from fighters, managers, and teams requesting the fight with Tim are just pouring in. It’s been insane lately. There are so many options right now. We’re working closely with Tim’s management team to approve and finalize an opponent."
After the jump, "The Maine-iac" elaborates on his decision to come back "home" for his next fight -- and how he intends to "kick some ass" once he does.
Sylvia hasn't given up his dream of making a return trip to the Octagon one day.
In the meantime, getting an impressive win in Lewiston on June 16 would sure be a fine start.