In a recent interview with the Baltimore Sun, Tim “Maine-iac” Sylvia answered questions on a wide rang of topics including his July 19th Affliction Banned fight with Fedor Emelianenko, MMA on Primetime, Kimbo Slice and Brock Lesnar. Here’s some clips.
Sylvia on fight with Fedor:
MMA Stomping Grounds: It’s been awhile since Fedor has fought a top heavyweight. Do you think that will factor into this fight at all?
Sylvia: I’ve fought top 10 guys the past three years and he hasn’t. His competition hasn’t been very good. He’s fought fat middleweights or he’s fought freakshows who weren’t good fighters. I think it’s going to benefit me a little bit.
Sylvia on MMA in Primetime:
MMA Stomping Grounds: What’s the biggest misconception most casual sports fans have about MMA?
Sylvia: The biggest thing is they think it’s barbaric or they think it’s fake. We need more mainstream coverage, bigger shows, bigger events. The UFC eventually getting on prime time, showcasing the superstars they have and not using Internet idiots to produce the sport and publicize it.
Sylvia on Kimbo Slice:
MMA Stomping Grounds: Speaking of Internet idiots, what do you think about Kimbo Slice?
Sylvia: I commend him for becoming somebody and making a living for himself. I’m not mad at Kimbo for making a living — he’s a self-made man. They put his fights on You Tube and then they said, I wanna pay you $300,000 to fight on prime time TV. You can’t get mad at him for that. You gotta get mad at the people putting fights on TV. There are better guys to showcase, guys who have busted ass, who have fought for 200 bucks and had to get stitches and have paved the way for other fighters. A guy like Kimbo can walk in and be on prime time to fight a bum — it’s not fair to the true mixed martial artists.
Sylvia on Brock Lesnar:
MMA Stomping Grounds: What do you think about Brock Lesnar?
Sylvia: I think once again, he’s a guy who it’s not fair to come in and be the co-main event. To have one fight and get half a million, it’s not fair to guys like me and guys like [Antonio Rogerio] Nogueira. I know why they try to do this — to get more fans — but there are guys out there who have been loyal to the sport and when stuff like this happens it’s like a slap in the face.
Read the Full Interview Here