The Faces Of Ufc 39
Today we continue our pre-fight coverage of UFC 39 with an interview with Cabbage’s opponent, giant Tim Sylvia, as he prepares for his debut in the Octagon.
By Loretta Hunt
6’8". 265 pounds. In an age where large doesn’t necessarily equate to slow; where heavyweights can be technical as well as brawny, Miletich Martial Arts’ Tim Sylvia is looking to etch himself a place among this growing group of mammoth competitors. His journey reaches a new milestone here at UFC 39 with his toughest adversary to date. With a clean record of 15-0 amassed mostly from Extreme Challenge and SuperBrawl action, Sylvia is ready to take on what the next level of competition has to offer. His opponent? A burly Hawaiian by the name of Wes "Cabbage" Corriera, cut from virtually the same cloth as Sylvia himself. Two 265-pounders that BOTH want to keep it standing. (Insert fireworks here.) Sylvia explains how he’s up for that challenge and where he’s looking to go in the UFC heavyweight class — revealing which heavyweight is on his own personal "hit list" and another heavyweight whose experience he has drawn from in the last couple of weeks. For this easy-going Maine native, Friday is only the beginning.
FCF: Let’s first start with your earlier days in the sport. How did you get into mixed martial arts?
FCF: Where were you and the other bouncers getting your grappling knowledge from?
FCF: How did you progress from grappling to MMA?
FCF: From there, how did you connect with the Miletich Martial Arts team?
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From the event’s promoter:
FIGHT NIGHT 18
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September 28th – Seating begins at 6pm, fights begin at 7pm
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From John Petrilli (RITC):
RITC 39 – Bring It!!!
Dewees vs Adkins (UFC Veteran)
Riggs vs "A-Dawg"
Durant vs Alexander
A third Main Event fight has been added to the already awesome RITC 39 card.
Kenneth Alexander (Team Bad Boy, USA) from San Diego, posted 3 impressive wins earlier this year, two in RITC and one in Tito’s Rumble on the Reservation. Kenneth moved to the #1 spot in the RITC Welterweight rankings. US Marine Sergeant Alexander then spent a 5 month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Adam Durant has posted a 4-1 record in RITC matches this year. His lone defeat was to Alexander when Adam stepped up to the Welterweight division to fight Alexander who had a 10 lb weight advantage that night. Adam is now on a 3 fight win streak and is ranked #1 in the RITC Lightweight division.
When Kenneth returned home from Afghanistan last month, he officially announced that he’s dropping to the Lightweight division. Kenneth and Adam are now co-ranked as the #1 RITC Lightweight due to this latest development.
Kenneth now has his sights set on highly regarded Javi "Showtime" Vazquez but first wants to determine, at equal weight, who deserves the RITC Lightweight Championship, so we’ve added this outstanding matchup, Durant-Alexander II, as a Main Event fight to the RITC 39 card.
One of Arizona’s most active and most popular fighters, Edwin Dewees, will be featured in one Main Event fight for RITC 39. Edwin, in just over 2 years, has posted a 23-4 record in RITC bouts. A special thanks to Edwin for stepping up to accept this huge challenge in front on his hometown fans.
Sam Adkins is a Wrestler/Boxer. He has appeared in the UFC on three occasions. Prior to his UFC 8 debut, Adkins had amassed an amateur wrestling record of 83-1, an amateur boxing record of 54-12 and a pro boxing record or 6-7. He was a National Golden Gloves silver medalist and formerly served as a sparring partner for both Tommy Morrison and Riddick Bowe. Sam has fought many notable MMA heavyweights, including Ken Shamrock, Don Frye, Dan Severn, Tank Abbott, Bobby Hoffman, Gan McGee and Travis Fulton.
Sam Adkins is a very experienced fighter who will provide a stern test for local favorite Edwin Dewees. It should be a "war" that you won’t want to miss.
Joseph Riggs just turned 20 years old. He’s a Wrestler/Boxer. He’s a two-time State Wrestling Champion and an Arizona Golden Gloves Champion. In his first year of MMA competition he has posted a 6-1 record over quality opponents including two UFC veterans.
Former #1 ranked RITC Heavyweight, Allan Sullivan is coming out of "semi-retirement" to challenge the current RITC Heavyweight Champ. "A-Dawg" has posted a 5-3 record against UFC veterans and a 9-2 record in RITC matches. He’s looking to regain the top spot in the RITC Heavyweight Division.
With a combined weight of nearly 700 pounds, the Cory Timmerman / Justin Lyon fight in RITC 38 turned out to be a real crowd pleaser. Cory stopped Justin’s three fight win streak with an arm bar submission victory late into round 2. Justin asked for a rematch and since the fans loved their first encounter, we’ll do it again at RITC 39.
These intriguing fights along with a strong supporting card will make for another exciting evening of RITC fights. We’re going to work hard on the rest of the card right up until fight time to provide the best available action for our loyal RITC fans.
Kevin Christopher’s Team Bad Boy USA, from San Diego, will be "invading" Phoenix to showcase some top new talent.
Matt Asher’s Combat Team, from Casa Grande Arizona, will be back in full force. The Asher Team, along with their huge contingent of supporters, have made a phenomenal impact on RITC over the past year.
The always popular fighters from Leininger Dojo will be back for more action as well.
Triple Main Event:
Edwin "Babyface" Dewees vs Sam "The Experience" Adkins
Joseph "Diesel" Riggs vs Allan "A-Dawg" Sullivan
Adam Durant vs Kenneth Alexander
Cory "Tugboat" Timmerman (305 lbs)
There will be 12 fights (the Arizona Commission Limit).
Fight Card subject to change.
Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
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