Two former UFC heavyweight champions — Tim Sylvia (23-3) and Frank Mir (9-3) — are tentatively scheduled to meet once again inside the Octagon at UFC 74 on August 25, according to MMAWeekly.com.
The pair first met at UFC 48 in June 2004 and it ended early, with Mir snapping Sylvia's forearm in round one with an arm bar.
Mir never got the chance to defend his title, however, because he nearly got himself killed in a horrible motorcycle accident the result of which took him nearly two years to recover.
His performances since the comeback have been lackluster and underwhelming, posting a 1-2 record that very well could have been winless.
Sylvia is coming off of a devastating loss to Randy Couture at UFC 68, which also cost him his heavyweight strap. According to a recent interview with NBCSports.com, he's also recovering from back surgery to repair three bulging discs and a pinched sciatic nerve.
The match up is a bit puzzling, considering Mir has done nothing to deserve another opportunity to fight a high-profile name in the division. And, Sylvia has done nothing to merit what seems like a demotion in terms of competition.
Perhaps Sylvia will have redemption on his mind if he signs the bout agreement, as well as a "soft" opponent to get him back in the title picture.
That's because from a fan perspective, it doesn't make much sense otherwise ... not at this point in time, anyway.