Official Release Fromteam Extreme And Miletich Fighting Systems
Official release from
Team Extreme and Miletich Fighting Systems
UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia announced today that he had taken a banned substance prior to his title defense against Gan McGee on Sept. 26 in Las Vegas.
"I made a terrible mistake … the biggest mistake of my life," Sylvia said. "I wish I could take it back, but that isn’t possible. So, I’m ready to accept the consequences for my actions."
The Nevada State Athletic Commission notified Sylvia of the infraction earlier this week. Sylvia hopes to have a hearing in front of the board on Oct. 15 in Las Vegas.
"After I won the title, I wanted to look better … to have a better physique," Sylvia said. "I have never taken steroids before, so I tried it for a month after the Ricco fight. Now, it’s obvious that it was a big mistake."
Sylvia said he will abide by whatever decisions are made by the NSAC and Zuffa.
"I just want to apologize for letting people down… my fans, my teammates, my family, the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the UFC," Sylvia said. "I can’t express how disappointed I am in myself right now. I’ve gotten such great support from so many people … I hope they will stick by me and help me get through this. I want to accept responsibility for what I did, do whatever I have to do to put it behind me, and move on with my career."
Tito Ortiz Battles Defeat in a Candid Interview, Speaks of Next Opponent
By Loretta Hunt
On the heels of last week’s UFC 44, FCF has been able to secure the first exclusive interview with former light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz on his devastating loss to undisputed champion Randy Couture. In the comprehensive interview set to run in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter, Ortiz speaks out on the fight, his injuries going in, who and when he wants to fight next, his rematch clause, and a slew of other hot topics. His answers may surprise you. An opening excerpt follows:
FCF: Tito, thank you for taking the time to speak with FCF. With a week to reflect on the fight, you must have some thoughts regarding it.
FCF: As round after round went by, while you remained unable to take some control of this fight, we can only imagine the thoughts that were running through your head.
FCF: It sounds like your gunning to fight Couture again right away.
FCF: No one else to fight? I think there are a lot fans that say you could fight Chuck Liddell, maybe even Vitor Belfort first?
Find out what Ortiz had to say next, including his thoughts on matches with both Liddell and Belfort, as well as his response to fan feedback following his loss. All in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter.