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Tim Job: Sylvia jumping in the deep end against Ray Mercer on May 30

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"I’m going to give it a whirl. Basically a fight’s a fight, and I didn’t have an MMA fight until July in the Affliction 3 (show), and we really wanted to fight before then. This opportunity came about – and I’ve always wanted to try boxing at a pro level – so we decided to take it and see what happens. I’m jumping in the deep end. I never have (done things half way). Look at the heavyweight (MMA) division; I’ve fought about seven of the Top 10. So I might as well jump right in there and fight a guy that’s ranked in the Top 20 in the world."

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia -- who first called out the brittle Ken Shamrock last December, might want to consider a second career in nursing at his local hospice now that he has such a passion for geriatric abuse. "The Maine-iac" has agreed to box former Olympic gold medalist and world heavyweight boxing champion Ray Mercer -- barely one month after "Merciless" turns 48 years of age -- at the Adrenaline III card from the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ on May 30. Should be one for the books.

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