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Late last week, former UFC heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia, dropped a line on his forum about his future after his submission loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81: "Breaking Point."
To check out that statement click here.
Apparently the remarks set off a firestorm, which "The Maine-iac" now feels compelled to clarify.
Here's the latest from Big Tim:
"well let me just start off by saying people r fucked up by saying that i want to leave the ufc. I dont its my home and i would love to be there for the rest of my carear. Second I didnt say i wanted or even was thinking about m1 u guys (forum users) asked about it and I told u my manager runs it thats it, so please dont take shit out of context. Some of u people are going to get me in trouble with the ufc."
First, we here at MMAmania.com never emphasized that he was considering a move to M-1. Our post more or less centered around him getting paid better -- it's clearly something that bothers him (Brock Lesnar is getting paid more than double).
Therefore, look for Sylvia to ask for a salary increase when the time comes. Whether or not he gets it remains to be seen. Tim is not the most marketable fighter (if he embraced the heel role more that might be different) and it's unlikely that another promotion would break the bank to lure him away from the Zuffa organization.
He is proud to be a UFC fighter and his status as one probably won't change anytime soon. Sorry, haters.