(This mean machine needs to be covered with a protective layer of blubber. Otherwise it’s just too dangerous. PicProps: Tapped Out)
Just in case you were actually starting to feel kind of bad for Tim Sylvia, there are some marvelous comments from him out on Tuesday which should remind you why you never liked the guy in the first place. Of course, by “marvelous” we mean “the sadly typical ramblings of an obese man who refuses to take responsibility for his own fuck-ups.” Turn out, Sylvia came into his fight with Abe Wagner with a hurt knee, you guys. Now it might need surgery. Nonetheless, the former UFC champ says if referee Jason Herzog hadn’t prematurely stepped in to call the fight just 32-seconds into the first round he was about to jump up and whip Wagner’s ass, bum wheel and all.
“It was stopped way too early…It was bullshit,” Sylvia tells Five Ounces of Pain about his loss at Titan Fighting Championships last weekend. “The sad part is the ref told the promoter and my corner he was sorry because he knew he made a mistake and stopped it a little early.”
We’ll get to Herzog in a minute. First, some Breaking News: In addition to making the above obligatory excuses for his defeat, Sylvia has decided he fights better when he doesn’t show up for bouts weighing 311-pounds and looking like his body might split open like a Johnsonville brat on a hot grill. Damn it, if only he’d known that before the fight!
“I will never fight at super heavyweight again,” Sylvia says. “I fight much better at 265 so from here on out that’s what I am going to fight at.”
Oh, we get it, it was the weight class’ fault he showed up looking like such a fat ass. Wait, what? Given that Wagner weighed-in at a burly 265.2-pounds, Sylvia’s effort to live up to his billing as a “super heavy” was, like, overkill. There wasn’t anything stopping him from using the three weeks of notice he had for this fight to slim down a bit, right? Of course, shit always looks so simple in hindsight. If only there had been some warning signs that tipping the scales at more than three bills wouldn’t be a recipe for success.
Maybe it was that aforementioned knee that wouldn’t allow him to get in shape. To hear Sylvia tell it, it must have been bothering him a lot: “I went into the fight with a bum knee and it got worse somehow during the fight so I go in for an MRI sometime this week and might need surgery,” he says. “We will see.”
Got worse during the 32 seconds it took Wagner to starch his ass, huh? This seems like a prime opportunity to employ CagePotato’s 12-Word Checklist for Knowing if You Should Fight Through Injury. So easy an MMA fighter could use it! Here it is: Hurt knee? Don’t Fight. You do fight? Don’t talk about your knee.
Finally, on the topic of Herzog – who did kind of screw up, but only by not looking more confident about the stoppage – Sylvia says the official should have been more familiar with his track record of coming back from seemingly insurmountable odds to win the UFC title … and also lose it by embarrassingly lopsided decision … and also by getting his freaking arm broken in half.
“Refs need to know the fighters,” Sylvia says. “Did he see my fight with Andrei Arlovski – the second one – (where) I got dropped, got up and KO’d him? The Randy Couture fight I got dropped and fought for twenty five minutes.”
Yeah, losing a fight at a small-time show and then pulling out the “Don’t you know who I am?” card is pretty fucking weak. You get in the cage, you should assume that you’re going to be judged by the same rules as everybody else. Frankly, when you get pounded all over the ring in the first 30 seconds before eating two shots to the kisser, slumping down to the canvas and falling flat on your substantial belly, you got no room to complain about the stoppage.
Should referees give certain guys more leeway than others when it comes to absorbing punishment? Maybe it seems that way after you lose. From the outside looking in however, it feels like that’s the kind of thinking that could get somebody killed.