Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia turns 38 this week. | Photo: Taro Irei/Sherdog.com
One of three men -- Randy Couture and Cain Velasquez are the others -- to have captured the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s undisputed heavyweight crown on more than one occasion, Tim Sylvia will celebrate his 38th birthday on March 5.
A Pat Miletich disciple, Sylvia started his career 16-0, defeating Ricco Rodriguez by first-round technical knockout at UFC 41 to become heavyweight champion for the first time. Though he was later stripped of the title after a positive test for anabolic steroids, “The Maine-iac” recaptured the championship with a first-round TKO against Andrei Arlovski at UFC 59 in April 2006. Sylvia and the UFC parted ways following a submission defeat to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira less than two years later. He has compiled a 7-6 record since, including embarrassing knockout losses to Ray Mercer and Abe Wagner.
Sylvia last appeared under the Fight Nights banner in Russia in October, when he dropped a unanimous decision to the once-beaten Ruslan Magomedov. Currently on a three-fight losing streak, Sylvia will face Karol Bedorf at KSW 26 on March 22 in Warsaw, Poland.
Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the week covering March 2-March 8:
MARCH 2Heath Herring (36)
MARCH 3Rob Broughton (31)
Renato Velame (31)
Richard White (27)
MARCH 4Abe Wagner (34)
MARCH 5Tim Sylvia (38)
Chris Cope (31)
MARCH 6Tsuyoshi Kosaka (44)
Anthony Johnson (30)
MARCH 7Eun-Su Lee (32)
Xavier Foupa-Pokam (32)
MARCH 8Marlon Sandro (37)
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