Tim Sylvia, the former UFC heavyweight champion who was once considered one of the toughest fighters in the world (not many people choose a broken arm over tapping out), has been old and crappy for some time now, and he finally bottomed out this weekend at “Adrenaline III: Bragging Rights” in Birmingham this weekend, when he weigh in at a hefty 310 pounds and got knocked out less than 10 seconds into the first round. As you can see from the video, he’s clearly unconscious before he even hits the ground, which I haven’t seen since I drugged your mom’s drink. Not that I needed to. Because she’s easy.
In more important MMA news, UFC 99 was held on Saturday night, and for the most part it was a pretty entertaining card. The highlights:
- Mirko Cro Cop returned to UFC, beating tomato can Mustapha al-Turk, but the fight was marred by the TKO that was called when the referee missed an eye-poke by Cro Cop. And things only got worse when news broke that Cro Cop had leveraged this fight to draw more attention to his career before he flew the coop for DREAM. Or not (see link below)
- Dan Hardy won a close-fought split decision over Marcus Davis, likely helped by the fact that he shattered Davis’s nose, forcing the ref to halt the fight briefly to wipe away some of the blood pooling on Davis’s face. It was sickening. And awesome.
- And in the headliner, Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva fought at a catch weight of 195 pounds, and they simply beat the living jesus out of each other for fifteen minutes. What an awesome fight. As the bell for the third round rang, with both fighters dazed and exhausted, Franklin had gotten behind Silva, and they were still relentlessly attacking: Silva was throwing repeated elbows to Franklin’s head while Franklin was landing hooks to Silva’s face. Franklin took the decision, but the real winner was anyone who likes to watch dudes kick the crap out of each other.