Former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight titleholder Tim Sylvia is back in action on June 16, 2012, taking on one-time Bellator fighter Randy Smith at New England Fights (NEF) "Fight Night III" from the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.
And as Sylvia (30-7) approaches what he describes as "the last three or four years" of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, there's no place he'd rather fight than in front of his hometown fans in "Vacationland."
"I am so stoked about this opportunity. Obviously, I'm towards the end of my career, I figure I got three or four more years left. Nothing better than to finish it up in front of my home crowd and my home state of Maine. I really don't care who is standing across from me. I have great trainers around me and I'm doing the right things. I think at 265 (pounds) I'm pretty much invincible, as long as I go out there and perform the way I know I can, the way I've trained to. There isn't anybody who's gonna beat me."
After a failed bid to get back into the UFC earlier this year, despite winning six of his last seven fights (with five finishes), "The Maine-iac" returned to his roots, scaring up a fellow hard-hitting heavyweight for his June return.
Hear Sylvia break down his upcoming fight, as well as detail his struggle of returning to prominence, after the jump.
Alright fight fans, you've seen the video. What are your thoughts on Tim Sylvia as he competes in the twilight of his career?