(Pudzian eats a right from Sylvia. Photo courtesy of Peter Lockley / Sherdog)
Tim Sylvia got a much needed win in a fight no one much wanted to see and some UFC vets took tough losses in Worchester, Mass. last night.
Tim Sylvia def. Mariusz Pudzianowski by submission (strikes) at 1:43 of Round 2.
Travis Wiuff def. Josh Barnes by TKO (strikes) at 0:34 of Round 1.
Rafael Natal def. Travis Lutter by KO (strikes) at 4:12 of Round 1.
Mike Campbell def. Yves Edwards by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Roxanne Modafferi def. Tara LaRosa by split decision (30-27 Modafferi, 29-28 Modafferi, 29-28 LaRosa).
Lukasz Jurkowski def. Ho Jin Kim by TKO (strikes) at 2:22 of Round 1
Forrest Petz def. Ralph John by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Matt Lee def. Brett Oteri by TKO (strikes) at 1:46 of Round 2.
Anthony Lapsley def. Fred Belleton by submission (kneebar) at 0:59 of Round 1.
Stipe Miocic def. Paul Barry by TKO (strikes) at 1:32 of Round 2.
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Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia maintained his position – #18 – in FIGHT!’s Heavyweight Rankings after winning his good old-fashioned freak fight against unranked strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski. In other main event action, Travis Wiuff moved up one spot in our Light Heavyweight Rankings, from #45 to #44 with his win over unranked Josh Barnes. Former UFC title challenger Travis Lutter is now ranked #84 at Middlweight after getting stopped by unraked Rafael Natal, and UFC vet Yves Edwards drops from #86 to #107 in our Lightweight Rankings with his loss to Mike Campbell.
Matt Lee climbs from #95 to #87 in our Welterweight rankings with his win over unranked Brett Oteri – also at 170, UFC vet Forrest Petz joins our rankings at #49 while KOTC vet Anthony Lapsley enters our rankings at #50.
Sylvia on the atmosphere: “I thought it was a little bit of a hostile crowd to be honest with you. (laughs from audience) I consider myself a bit of a legend in MMA and I hear Mariusz go out there and the crowd’s going crazy! And when I get there—it’s probably, I’m guessing it’s 40-60 for him. I’m going out there. I see Polish guys screaming at me and yelling his name. Fortunately, the fight went kind of the way I wanted it to go, and I kind of switched it back over. I got lucky this time.”
Eric “Butterbean” Esch: “During our national anthem, Mariusz calmed down all the Polish fans. I have so much respect for him to do that. I’ve been to other countries and they don’t respect us. I have nothing but respect for this man for doing that.”
Mariusz Pudzianowski—via translator—on the atmosphere: “It was a great atmosphere. I want to thank all the fans, all the Polish fans who came here to support me. It was absolutely great.”
Pudzianowski on why he tapped: “The conditioning by far was the deciding factor for me not continuing the fight.”
Yves Edwards on the judges’ decision: “I expected a lot out of Mike and I got all I expected. That guy is a lot stronger that you think he is. But it’s up to the judges, man…he got the W and the judges saw a reason to give it to him.”
Mike Campbell’s thoughts on his decision win over Edwards: “Honestly, I was scared as hell going into this fight, and Yves Edwards is a legend in this sport. And I was honored to fight him. I thought the fight was a very close fight. But like Yves, when you leave it up to the judges it could go either way. I was just as unsure as Yves was when we were standing in the middle of that ring at the end of the fight…”