This fighter is currently serving a suspension by an ABC-recognized athletic commission (MTDAR, Connecticut)
Pro Record: 31-10-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Team: Miletich Martial Arts
Age: 39
Sex: Male
Height: 6 Feet. 8 Inch(es).
Weight: 265 lbs.
Out of: Bettendorf, IA
Born: Ellsworth, ME
Tim Sylvia made his professional MMA debut in 2001 fighting for the IFC. He racked up thirteen consecutive wins with ten knockouts in organizations such as SuperBrawl and Extreme Challenge. In 2002, Sylvia signed with the UFC, and, on February 28, 2003, he won his first UFC Heavyweight Championship against Ricco Rodriguez. On April 15, 2006, Sylvia won his second UFC Heavyweight Championship in a re-match against Andrei Arlovski by TKO. After a number of other fights in the UFC, on March 28, 2008, Sylvia signed with Adrenaline MMA, formerly M-1 Global.

Tim Sylvia's Professional Record

Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
NSF 10/26/2013 Loss Ruslan Magomedov Battle of Moscow 13 Decision Unanimous Decision 3
NSF 05/31/2013 Loss Tony Johnson One Fighting Championship 9 - Rise to Power TKO/RSC Doctor Stoppage 3 3:25
NSF 12/31/2012 Loss Satoshi Ishii Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 12/31/12 Decision Unanimous Decision 3
NSF 08/31/2012 NC Andrei Arlovski One Fighting Championship 5: Pride of a Nation 0 0:00
06/16/2012 Win Randy Smith New England Fights: Fight Night III TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 1 0:12
11/05/2011 Win Andreas Kraniotakes ProElite: Big Guns Decision Unanimous Decision 3
08/20/2011 Win Patrick Barrentine Fight Tour 08/20/11 Submission Strikes 1 2:09
01/28/2011 Loss Abraham Wagner Titan Fighting Championship 16: Sylvia vs Wagner TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 1 0:32
12/11/2010 Win Vince Lucero CFX: Extreme Challenge On Target 170 Submission Strikes 1 2:44
08/14/2010 Win Paul Buentello War On The Mainland KO 2 4:57 Title Fight
05/21/2010 Win Mariusz Pudzianowski Moosin Submission 2 1:43
09/18/2009 Win Jason Riley Adrenaline MMA 4 - Pro Fights TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 1 2:32
NSF 06/13/2009 Loss Ray Mercer Adrenaline MMA 3 KO Strike 1 0:09
07/19/2008 Loss Fedor Emelianenko Affliction: Banned Submission Rear Naked Choke 1 0:36
02/02/2008 Loss Antonio Nogueira UFC 81: Breaking Point Submission Guillotine Choke 3 1:28 Title Fight
10/20/2007 Win Brandon Vera UFC 77 Hostile Territory Decision Unanimous Decision 3
03/03/2007 Loss Randy Couture UFC 68: The Uprising Decision Unanimous Decision 0 Title Fight
11/18/2006 Win Jeff Monson UFC 65: Bad Intentions Decision Unanimous Decision 5 Title Fight
07/08/2006 Win Andrei Arlovski UFC 61: Bitter Rivals Decision Unanimous Decision 5 Title Fight
04/15/2006 Win Andrei Arlovski UFC 59: Reality Check TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 1 2:23 Title Fight
01/16/2006 Win Assuerio Silva UFC Fight Night 3 Decision Unanimous Decision 3
08/20/2005 Win Tra Telligman UFC 54: Boiling Point KO Kick 1 4:59
NSF 05/21/2005 Win Mike Block International Fighting Championship: Caged Combat TKO/RSC 1 1:26
02/05/2005 Loss Andrei Arlovski UFC 51: Super Saturday Submission Ankle Lock 1 Title Fight
NSF 12/11/2004 Win Wes Sims Superbrawl 38 TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage 1 1:32
06/19/2004 Loss Frank Mir UFC 48: Payback TKO/RSC 1 Title Fight
09/26/2003 Win Gan McGee UFC 44: Undisputed KO 1 1:54 Title Fight
02/28/2003 Win Ricco Rodriguez UFC 41: Onslaught TKO/RSC 1 3:09 Title Fight
NSF 09/27/2002 Win Wesley Correira UFC 39: The Warriors Return TKO/RSC Corner Threw in the Towel from Strikes 2 1:43
NSF 07/27/2002 Win Jeff Gerlick Extreme Challenge 48 TKO/RSC 1 3:17
NSF 04/27/2002 Win Boyd Ballard Superbrawl 24: Return of the Heavyweights Day 2 KO Knee 1 3:10
NSF 04/27/2002 Win Jason Lambert Superbrawl 24: Return of the Heavyweights Day 2 TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 2 4:11
NSF 04/27/2002 Win Mike Whitehead Superbrawl 24: Return of the Heavyweights Day 2 TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Stikes 1 2:38
NSF 04/26/2002 Win Mike Whitehead Superbrawl 24: Return of the Heavyweights Day 1 TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 1 3:46
NSF 03/16/2002 Win Ernest Henderson Extreme Challenge 47: Return of the Heavyweights TKO/RSC Fell out of the Ring 1 0:29
NSF 03/16/2002 Win Alvino Delacruz Extreme Challenge 47: Return of the Heavyweights TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage 1 0:43
NSF 03/16/2002 Win Matt Frembling Extreme Challenge 47: Return of the Heavyweights Decision Unanimous Decision 2
NSF 11/17/2001 Win Greg Wiken Extreme Challenge Trials: November 2001 Submission Choke 3 2:20
NSF 08/24/2001 Win Ben Rothwell Extreme Challenge 42 Decision Unanimous Decision 3
NSF 06/02/2001 Win Greg Wiken Ultimate Wrestling Minnesota: Ultimate Fight Minnesota Submission Injury 1
NSF 04/07/2001 Win Gabe Beaupurthy Gladiator Challenge 3: Showdown at Soboba Submission Choke 2 4:16
01/19/2001 Win Randy Durant International Fighting Championship: Battleground 2001 TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Punches on the Ground 1 2:05

Tim Sylvia's Amateur Record

Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
NSF 07/07/2000 Win Randy the Savage Rowe Rhode Island Vale Tudo 4 Decision Unanimous Decision 1
NSF 10/23/1999 Loss Jorge Rivera Rhode Island Vale Tudo 2 Decision Unanimous Decision 1
NSF 07/10/1999 Win Mark Geoffry Rhode Island Vale Tudo 1 KO 1
: Bout results verified by an official State, Tribal, Provincial, or Municipal Commission.
NSF: Non Sanctioned Fight
* : For a variety of reasons, including weight disparity and the demands of entertainment, Exhibition Bouts are held, in which the contest is unscripted and hard fought, but the results do not count on a fighter's Official Record.
NC: Fight Declared No Contest

Fighter Bio


Tim was born in a little town called Eastbrook, Maine, and attended school there until 8th grade. He played basketball during school and joined a local karate school in Ellsworth, ME. When he got into high school he took up wrestling.

Tim had a tough childhood, his mother was a heavy drinker so that made Tim spend a lot of time with his grandmother. His father was always working as a woodcutter or fisherman, so he was gone all the time. When Tim got out of high school, he worked two jobs and used the money to buy a motorcycle. He still rides to this day. He was working on his own, painting houses and hanging sheetrock, when he took up grappling and boxing. About a year went by and he started playing semi-pro football. When his first grappling tournament came about, he took first place in his division and a passion was born. He was put on a mailing list and the opportunity came about to do an NHB fight in Rhode Island. So he paid the $50 entry fee, knocked out his opponent in 17 seconds, and found a new calling.

As months went by, Tim couldn't stop thinking about fighting. He was a UFC fan from the beginning and loved to watch as many fights as possible. When the UFC came to Atlantic City, Tim along with some of his close friends, decided to make the 11-hour drive to the show. They got there early and decided to check out the arena. As they walked in, Kevin Randelman was in the cage, Tito Ortiz was running around and the Miletich camp was hanging out. Tim approached Pat Miletich and Pat stood up and said, "You're a big son of a bitch, do you fight?" Tim said, "A little bit, but I have a hard time finding training partners and getting fights." Pat said, "Come to Iowa." So, Tim went back home and booked a plane ticket. After spending two weeks in Iowa getting his butt kicked (he loved it), Pat said to him, "You're a pretty hard worker, you should think about moving here." Tim said, "That's all I was waiting for," went back to Maine, sold everything he owned and moved to Iowa in 2000.