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ProElite 2: Tim Sylvia vs Andreas Kraniotakes booked for Nov. 5 with Pedro Rizzo hurt


German-born heavyweight Andreas Kraniotakes has been asked to step up on short notice to throw hands against Tim Sylvia in the headlining bout of the ProElite 2 event scheduled for Nov. 5 in Moline, IL.

Kraniotakes replaces Pedro Rizzo, who was forced to withdraw from the promotion's sophomore effort due to injury.

"When we say we’re looking for the next great heavyweight this was not a half-hearted search. We have eight guys from eight different regions of the country. We have both coasts, the South, Midwest, Southwest and Mountain region covered," ProElite’s Head of Fight Operations, T. Jay Thompson, said in today's release.

"Big Daddy," who will make his stateside debut in "Quad Cities," is 12-4 with all 12 of his wins coming by way of (T)KO or submission. He's currently riding a three-fight winning streak.

But have the rigors of International competition prepared him for "The Maine-iac?"

Sylvia, who continues to struggle with his weight, was flattened by Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 castaway Abe Wagner last January for Titan FC before rebounding with a technical knockout win over Patrick Barrentine on the regional circuit.

Should be interesting.

ProElite 2 will also feature a heavyweight mash-up between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, who battles Travis Fulton while Reagan Penn looks to build off his debut win against an opponent-to-be-named.

For more on the promotion's trip to the iWireless Center click here.

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