Ex-UFC Champ Sylvia Added to Ohio IFC Event

May 14, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tim Sylvia has a perfect explanation for why he has decided to take a fight on short notice in IFC Caged Combat next weekend at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

"I'm a fighter... I want to fight," the former UFC heavyweight champion said. "I was hoping to get into the UFC in June, but when that didn't happen, I jumped at the chance to be in the IFC. I'm just happy to be getting back in the cage."

Sylvia (17-2) will battle Mike Block on Saturday, May 21, in IFC Caged Combat for the ISKA-MMA super heavyweight championship. "This is a great news for us... our show is now headlined by two of the best fighters in the world in Jeremy Horn and Tim Sylvia," said IFC President Paul Smith.

Block (4-0) has three knockouts in under 30 seconds on his resume and has trained with former UFC champion Dave Menne in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minn. But the 6-foot-8, 285-pound Sylvia will definitely be a few steps up in competition.

Tickets start at $25 for the 10-bout event and are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office and through Ticketmaster.

Headlining the event is Jeremy Horn, the world's No. 1-ranked middleweight (185 pounds) and a 9-time veteran of UFC and Pride. He has no doubts about how his fight with Royce Gracie trained Aitor Canup is going to go.

"I'm tired of fighters trying to make a name off of me... I'm not a stepping stone for anybody," Horn said. "From now on, if you choose to fight me, I'm going to make you pay... I'm tired of hearing how nice I am and that people will fight me because I'll beat them, but not punish them. I will not be the nice guy in the cage. Not anymore."

Horn, of Salt Lake City, Utah, will take on Canup, of Fayetteville, N.C., for the IFC middleweight championship in the IFC's main event. Horn is among the sport's all-time greats with a record of 79-8-4, while Canup sports a 17-1 record, including a 15-bout winning streak.

In Horn's last bout, he submitted Josh Burkman of Portland, Ore., in only 74 seconds, leaving his opponent unconscious on the mat.

In a women’s bout, Jennifer Howe (12-2) of Salt Lake City, Utah, the former No. 1-ranked women's fighter in the world, faces Jennifer Fields from nearby Dayton, Ohio.

To round out the card, there will be a team competition pitting a squad of Ohio's best fighters against a team of all-stars from across the United States.

Aitor Canup vs. Jeremy Horn
Mike Block vs. Tim Sylvia
Braden Workman vs. Trevor Garrett
Jennifer Fields vs. Jennifer Howe
Bobby Strouth vs. Dorian Price
Mac Danzig vs. Luke Spencer
Wayne Pitman vs. Ron Fields
Sean Sallee vs. Neil Rowe
Ryan McGivern vs. Eli Ayres
Robert Baker vs. Tyler Combs
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