[UPDATE] UFC President Dana White is disputing earlier reports that Tim Sylvia is signed to Zuffa LLC, telling MMA.TV “long story, but yes, Tim is not with Zuffa.” While it is clear that White is saying that Sylvia is not with Zuffa, he does not say the fight is off. Stay tuned as more information is sure to become available soon. [UPDATE]
Tim Sylvia appears to be headed back to the Zuffa stable after launching a strong social media comeback campaign and winning his last three fights. Sylvia will take on Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier at a currently unnamed Strikeforce event on September 29. MMAJunkie first reported the news.
Sylvia has not fought for Zuffa since his UFC 81 loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, a fight that Sylvia dominated before making a mistake on the ground. Sylvia floundered for awhile after the loss, including a devastating loss to Fedor Emelianenko and showing up in terrible shape in a loss to Ray Mercer. Sylvia found a renewed drive after having a four-fight winstreak ended by Abe Wagner at Titan FC 16, Sylvia has since shed weight and won three straight.
While it may appear odd for Sylvia to face Cormier, it is important to consider that, with Showtime and Strikeforce trying to cut the heavyweight division, that Strikeforce was left with only Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier on their roster.
Sylvia has been pushing hard for a second chance in the UFC and an impressive showing against a top prospect like Cormier would go a long way in helping that effort.