"I love to fight and a fight’s a fight. He’s a Hall of Famer. He’s a legend. To progress your career you always have to fight somebody like that. I don’t know if he’s a stepping stone or anything, but he’s been on some of the same cards I’ve been on and he’s been highlighted over me, so I want to let people that I am better than this guy and there’s no reason he should have been highlighted over me."
-- Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia talks about his desire to fight Ken Shamrock in a recent interview with Sherdog.com. "The Maine-iac" indicates that the bout was in the works for a small event to be held on December 20; however, the match was "postponed" until sometime in February. On the other hand, Shamrock representatives tell a different story, saying that the fight was offered and rejected. Sylvia has not competed since getting thrashed in 36 seconds by Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction: "Banned" back in July. Shamrock, of course, was supposed to fight Kimbo Slice on the now infamous Elite XC: "Heat" main event before pulling out literally hours before showtime because of a cut sustained blowing off some steam. It was a total disaster for both Elite XC and Shamrock. Before a fight between Sylvia and Shamrock materializes (if at all), "Big Tim" has his sights set on competing in Japan at either K-1/Dream (Dec. 31) or Sengoku (Jan.4).