Pedro Rizzo vs Tim Sylvia winner not back in the UFC

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com
 

While a heavyweight showdown between former UFC champions Pedro Rizzo and Tim Sylvia may provide fireworks on the feet, the winner will not be provided a UFC contract. Contrary to several published reports (see below), UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com that he has made no such promises to either of his ex-employees.

"Where the f--- did that come from?" White asked with a laugh.

"Pedro Rizzo is a great dude. I have a good relationship with him. I've always had respect for him.

"In no way, shape or form do I want to disrespect Pedro because I really do like him, but he needs to retire. I'd like to see Pedro retire."

Rizzo debuted for the UFC in 1998 and quickly became a prominent figure in the growing sport, with a failed title attempt at then champion Kevin Randleman. Following a 2003 win over Ricco Rodriguez, he left the UFC with a 9-5 record in the octagon. "The Rock" is currently on a three-fight win streak with victories over Ken Shamrock, Gary Goodridge and Jeff Monson.

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Pedro Rizzo: “Leaving the UFC was the biggest mistake of my career”

Pedro Rizzo is excited about his upcoming fight with Tim Sylvia, which should take place in early 2011. “Dana White mentioned that the winner should get another chance in the Ultimate Fighting Championship,” said Rizzo, 36.

“Tim is two meters tall and has great reach, and that means I have to change my way of fighting. I can’t stand still, I’ll have to move around the whole time."

“As the date hasn’t been set, it’s just a verbal agreement, so I’m getting back to light training. But I want to have a good performance. Who knows? Maybe I’ll manage a return to the UFC. I feel really comfortable fighting in that Octagon. I feel leaving there was the biggest mistake of my career, my great regret."

“I left on my own volition, but at that time I felt stagnant and the big heavyweight challenges were in Japan. I always went after the toughest matches, so I had to face the guys in Pride. What to do? It didn’t work out. But today, with Cain Velasquez as champion, the UFC is really well represented. I feel Cain could even take out Fedor Emelianenko."

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Arecsa site profile image  

11/8/10 10:53 PM by Arecsa

Wat? He wins zero of those fights. Roy drops him with the first overhand right he throws and finishes him easily. Carwin KO's him. Schaub is a fight he could win, but Lesnar would dump Tim on his head and have him eating strawberries like Mir.

orcus site profile image  

11/8/10 10:34 PM by orcus

I've always rooted for Tim. He is always the underdog in the sense of everyone hating him and writing him off all the time, and he works hard to overcome an obvious total lack of athleticism.

the Brazilian site profile image  

11/8/10 9:43 PM by the Brazilian

I'm a little biased but I'd love to see Pedro get one more shot...

CRBMoney14 site profile image  

11/8/10 5:43 PM by CRBMoney14

Maybe, but he hasnt looked in the best shape lately. Maybe getting back in the UFC would be the motivation he needs

Italians Copy Greeks site profile image  

11/8/10 5:30 PM by Italians Copy Greeks

 I think Big Tim could derail a lot of hype trains. If he comes in confident and motivated, there aren't too many guys around that can beat him. He wins at least 2 of the fights you mentioned above. The best HWs are in their 30's historically, Tim still has a run left in him. 

CRBMoney14 site profile image  

11/8/10 5:01 PM by CRBMoney14

So many of the supposed 'top guys' in the U|FC at HW are relatively untested.Sylvia vs Nelson, Carwin, Schaub even Lesnar are all good fights

ECC170 site profile image  

11/8/10 4:47 PM by ECC170

Damn double post

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11/8/10 4:46 PM by ECC170

^^^^ Nah he's over that...He's won 3 in a row and training his ass off everyday...I see it everyday trust me..His Striking is becoming a lot crisper our Boxing Coach Mark Lemerick is doing wonders for all of Team Wolf-Pack...

ECC170 site profile image  

11/8/10 4:46 PM by ECC170

^^^^ Nah he's over that...He's won 3 in a row and training his ass off everyday...I see it everyday trust me..His Striking is becoming a lot crisper our Boxing Coach Mark Lemerick is doing wonders for all of Team Wolf-Pack...

Italians Copy Greeks site profile image  

11/6/10 11:41 AM by Italians Copy Greeks

 Anything but that. Mercer might still be in his head. He can't afford another loss to a 40 something overweight boxer with a terrible track record in combat sports other than boxing



 

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