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    Tim Sylvia departs UFC

    For the first time in three years, former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (Pictures) will compete outside the Octagon.

    The 6-foot-8 mixed martial artist announced his departure Friday evening during an appearance on HDNet's "Inside MMA."

    "I've pretty much come to a crossroads in my career," Sylvia said. "And there's a lot of big things happening in the MMA world, and especially outside of the UFC."

    As Sylvia, 32, spoke of the move -- which came with the UFC's blessing despite one bout remaining on a contract that was set to expire in July -- the No. 4 ranked heavyweight according to was announced as officially joining Adrenaline MMA, a newly-branded promotion headed by his manager, Monte Cox...

    Wow, I think I read a rumor or two about this, but it's still a bit of a shocker when it finally happened. Sylvia has been one of the consistent and home grown (right?) faces of the UFC, it'll be really weird seeing him fight anywhere else. Still, I wish him the best, and looks like the MMA world is just starting to get more interesting!

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    Re: Tim Sylvia departs UFC

    I say "go for it". He's lost 2 of his last 3 (to Couture and Nog) so chances are if he were to resign with the UFC, he may have been offered a pay cut. As a free agent or non-exclusive fighter, he'll probably be able to pull in more money than he did in the UFC because he'll likely fight more often.

    I'm honestly not a big fan of Sylvia but he's still a quality heavyweight and his size gives people problems. I happened to catch his interview on Inside MMA and saw that he was actually toying around the idea of fighting Fedor, which, I think, would result in Sylvia getting another arm broken.

    I know other MMA companies like Elite XC, Strikeforce and DREAM are excited now with HW free agents flying around like Fedor, Sylvia, Ben Rothwell and Andrei Arlovski.

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    That is some news indeed.

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    From Atlanta to Savannah, they scorched our earth
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    Re: Tim Sylvia departs UFC

    Tim should go fight Fedor, put his money where his mouth is imo

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