Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is welcome back to the Octagon with open arms.
Fellow ex-division kingpin Tim Sylvia is not.
Not even for a "Prelims" fight in "The Maine-iacs" home state of Maine, which is where UFC Fight Night 47 takes place later this month on FOX Sports 1. Why? Only UFC President Dana White knows for sure, but Sylvia is not too happy about it.
From his recent New England Fights (NEF) podcast:
"Dana is the way he is. Everyone knows how Dana White is, and he's never gonna change, unfortunately... Everybody knows what Dana White is, what kind of person he is... Coming from Maine, I don't know... it's just stupid. Put me and Frank Mir on the card and it would be a hell of a fight. A lot of Mainers deserve that. They deserve to see me fight in the UFC again in the state of Maine. They just added a super heavyweight division, I hear. So, it's like, it seems like every month, every other month they're doing something just to entice me or to piss me off and say, 'Ha ha, look what we're doing now and you're still not welcome back.' They're just doing shit just to piss me the fuck off. It's really annoying. Now that they have a super heavyweight division, give me a chance to win another belt in another division. Randy Couture's done it. BJ Penn's done it. There's no way I could ever fight light heavyweight. Well, now they're adding super heavyweight. I know I could win that belt, as long as guys like Cain Velasquez doesn't step up and fight for the super heavyweight belt. I'm a realist. I know Cain is the best guy out there right now. I still have the punching power. If I hit him, if I got lucky and hit a good shot off him, I'd knock him out. He's a smart fighter. He'd go in there and take me down, take me down and then when I think he's gonna take me down, he's gonna stand up, and it would just be a horrible, physical fight for me if I had to fight 25 minutes with that guy."
"The Maine-iac" will battle fellow UFC veteran Christian Morecraft at "NEF XIV" on Sat., Sept. 6, 2014, inside the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine, and the winner will be crowned the first-ever Maine State MMA Super-Heavyweight Champion.
How about it, fights fans, who wants to give Big Tim another shot at Octagon glory?