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That seems to be the collective reaction to the news coming from MMAWeekly.com that Tim Sylvia -- the same Tim Sylvia UFC President Dana White adamantly refused to do business with -- has signed a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce and will fight Daniel Cormier on Sept. 29, 2012, at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California.
That settles Cormier's final fight under the Strikeforce banner before moving over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). There's little doubt he's happy with this latest development, too, considering he already came out in support of the bout back in late May.
Because in his mind, beating a guy who once held a UFC title is "a big deal."
For his part, we can be certain Sylvia is ecstatic, what with his recent campaign to get back under the Zuffa banner now officially a success. He's not back in the UFC but Strikeforce is undoubtedly the next best thing. The big question is whether or not White will relent and allow him back inside the Octagon if he's to upset Cormier.
Actually, is there any chance he does that? At all?
Another interesting aspect to this deal is that Sylvia reportedly signed a multi-fight contract. Of course, he could get knocked out in the first round and promptly sent packing, which is surely what many will expect.
But what if he wins?
Strikeforce has dissolved its heavyweight division, save for this final fight. And I don't think even "BEAST MODE" could get Sylvia down to 205-pounds.
So what's the plan? Stay tuned.
Strikeforce hits Sacramento on Sept. 29 and the Cormier vs. Sylvia bout is the only fight rumored for the card at this time. As always, stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information as it becomes available.