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Can-Crushing Roundup: Tim Sylvia and Jong Dae Kim Win with Little Opposition


Hope you jerks are having a better Father’s Day than some of us.

Yesterday didn’t just provide us with depressing fights from former contenders. We also got to witness a fight from former champion Tim Sylvia and Jong Dae Kim attempt to win The Bob Sapp Challenge™. Okay, so it was still somewhat depressing. But at least you won’t feel guilty for pointing and laughing at anyone involved, so what else can you ask for?

Tim Sylvia has been making a valiant effort to win fights and get back to the UFC as of late- although the overwhelming majority of his battles have taken place on Twitter and YouTube. Fresh off of back-to-back TKO losses to Patrick Cote and dignity, Tim Sylvia decided to do his fighting inside the cage last night against Randy Smith, a thirty-eight year old journeyman who entered the bout with a 13-10-1 professional record. A can of his caliber shouldn’t last ten seconds in the cage with a former UFC champion, yet Smith defied the odds by being knocked out twelve seconds into the first round.

Impressive victory over a game opponent? Not so much. Will it take our minds off of his last effort, a forgettable decision over Andreas Kraniotakes at the abysmal Pro Elite 2: Big Guns? Trick question- we’ve blocked that fight from our memories a long time ago. Low-Quality to the point of being virtually unwatchable video after the jump? You betcha.

As for Jong Dae Kim? He fought Bob Sapp at last night’s Road FC 8 in Seoul, South Korea. And believe it or not, Bob Sapp actually fought back. For a few moments, it even looked like Bob Sapp would win. We’re only one week removed from Tölegen Akylbekov setting the bar for The Bob Sapp Challenge™ at one minute, twenty four seconds, yet the bar has already been raised to three minutes, fourteen seconds of round two. That’s not a typo. Enjoy.

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SethF- June 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm
Just throwing this out for discussion:

Tim Sylvia proudly proclaimed on Twitter he could smash Chris Tuchscherer, Sean McCorkle and Christian Moorecraft. So why not back it up? They're former UFC heavyweights, so a victory over one of them at least puts his name back in Silva's phone. Or how about Neil Grove or Todd Duffee? Or maybe go crazy by getting back into shape (The UFC would want him at 265 so he better start getting used to not eating so much) and joining Bellator?

Or maybe just fight someone who isn't 38 years old sporting a 13-11-1 record. Sorry, but if you're over the age of 35 sporting a barely-500 record, I'm going to call you a journeyman. Them there's the rules.
Ricardo Guitardo- June 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm
I like how Bob Sapp grabs his opponents ever-so-gently
Pen Fifteen- June 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm
The fact that he knocked the guy out in 12 seconds is a testament to what a useless fight this was. You can't separate Tim Sylvia knocking out cans from his very public campaign to get a ufc contract. If he wants the latter to happen, he needs to stop doing the former and face some legitimate opposition. Why wouldn't CP rip on a guy who claims he could beat half the heavyweights in the UFC and then fights nothing but jobbers, as if we should just take his word for it?
Kimbo Lesnar- June 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm
Perhaps my UFC reference is what took this off track. My point was that a victory in 12 seconds by TKO should not make him the subject of scorn.
Pen Fifteen- June 18, 2012 at 11:37 am
I guess the Sylvia apologists are forgetting that either all or almost all of Syvlia's wins in that span have come at superheavyweight, a class populated by absolute freakshows and cans. The whole "who else can I fight?" excuse is the same lame shit Sean McCorkle tries to pull. If Sylvia wanted to find a competitive fight, my guess is he could. In reality, he's just trying to pad his record to avoid getting Wagner'd or Mercer'd again.
Kimbo Lesnar- June 18, 2012 at 7:41 am
If you think that the name Kimbo Lesnar is 'nut hanging' to Lesnar, you have a very high opinion of Kimbo.
I am not saying that Tim should be the next HW challenger to the UFC belt, but he is 7-1 in his last 8, and he just scored a 12 second TKO. CP writer is making fun of him for it, and that doesn't make sense to me.
As for his fighting 'journeyman', name one HW outside of the UFC or Strikeforce that isn't considered a 'journeyman'. Going 7-1 at HW would usually be enough for the UFC to give someone a shot. Not a title shot, mind you, but at this point it is clear that DW is trying to make a point.
Darkside- June 18, 2012 at 2:40 am
Sylvia got destroyed for five rounds by Randy. Fedor killed him after he (Fedor) had fallen off to nothing. Arlovski (haha) managed to beat him. Mir snapped his arm in half. Abe Wagner (who?) destroyed him with a quickness. And, oh yeah, Ray Mercer (lol) knocked him out quicker than it took me to type this. But yeah, keep telling yourself that Tim is a "great fighter" because he has beat a few cans lately. Seriously dude, stop trolling.
Mir please break Brocks neck- June 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm
Tim Sylvia went FIVE rounds with Randy Couture (TWENTY-FIVE minutes). Here's a list of guys that BEAT Randy in under 15 minutes: Lyoto Machida, Minotauro Nogueira, Brock Lensar, Chuck Liddell (TWICE). My point is.... TIM IS A GREAT FIGHTER. All you anti-Tim people should give the guy a chance. I'd support Tim and would love to see him back in the UFC.
Darkside- June 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm
Damn dude,for not being a Lesnar fan, you sure are hanging off his nuts pretty hard...
Kimbo Lesnar- June 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm
Man, he wins in 12 seconds and you shit on him? What the hell do you want? He's only fighting journeymen opponents? UFC has everyone else. He looks to be fighting what he can get. Are you trying THAT hard to crawl up DWs ass, that you are going to shit on a 12 second KO effort?? Damn! I am no Tim Sylvia fan, but damn. That is some hard core hating. Good win Tim.
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