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Former 2x UFC heavyweight champion Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia to be honored at Fight Night 2 event in Maine

Biddeford, ME (April 5, 2012) — New England Fights! is proud to announce that former 2x UFC World Heavyweight Champion Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia (@timsylviamma) will be in attendance as the honored guest at Fight Night 2 on April 14th at the Arena in Biddeford, Maine, and will be making a special announcement that evening.

“Tim Sylvia is the biggest – both figuratively and literally – fighter with Maine roots that we could bring in to put this Biddeford show over the top,” stated NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. “And to add to it, Tim will be making a special announcement about his career at the show. He wanted to do this in his home state in front of his fans, friends, family, and neighbors — this is not to be missed!”

“We’re committed to growing the sport of mixed martial arts in the state of Maine,” stated NEF co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson. “With that goal at the forefront of everything we do, we’re bringing in the biggest names in the fight world. Maine is the only state in New England to produce two world champion mixed martial artists—Mike Brown and Tim Sylvia. Mike was at Fight Night 1 and at Fight Night 2 we’ll have the The Maine-iac who twice held the most coveted title in all of combat sports—the World Heavyweight Championship. This will be another historic night for Maine MMA fans.”

Ellsworth, Maine native Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia made his UFC debut in 2002 when he won a TKO victory over Wesley “Cabbage” Correira at UFC 39. Less than a year later, Sylvia captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship of the World by defeating then champion Ricco Rodriguez in the first round. Sylvia defended the title once before losing the belt to Frank Mir at UFC 48 in 2004. Sylvia fought his way back to another title shot and reclaimed the World Championship in 2006 at UFC 59 by beating Andrei Arlovski. Now Sylvia makes his way to Maine to attend his first mixed martial arts event ever on his home soil.

“I’m excited to be coming home to Maine in the next week or so… and I have a big announcement my fans won’t want to miss!” said former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia when reached for comment.

“Tim will be accessible to fans throughout the show, so this is a great opportunity for fans to meet the former World Heavyweight Champion in person. Tickets to Fight Night 2 have sold very quickly and we’re already nearing a sell-out with over a week to go. The fans in attendance that night will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet one of the biggest stars in fight sport history. They’ll also hear Sylvia’s announcement before the rest of the world, so this is really special. From die-hard MMA fans to casual fans of the sport, no one can afford to miss this one!” stated DiSalvo.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.newenglandfights.com

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