“I’m coming home and I plan on kicking some ass on June 16th” is what former two time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia told the 1,600 fans in attendance at the Biddeford Ice Arena, who were there for The New England Fights second event entitled “Fight Night 2.”
Sylvia was the guest of honor at the mixed martial arts event, where it was announced that the Maine native would be taking a main event spot on NEF’s next fight card. The event will be title NEF: “Fight Night 3″ at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.
This will be the first time that Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia will have the opportunity to fight as a professional fighter in front of his home state fans. Speaking about the New England Fight organization and the state of MMA in Maine, Sylvia said:
“I’m stoked that these guys are able to put these fights together and put me on this card. I’m hoping it will be able to help out the sport in Maine; I’m just looking forward to fighting in front of the home crowd and a lot of friends and family that night. Maine has obviously stepped it up, and I hope I play some part of that, getting viewers involved for my fight”
The opponent for Sylvia at the June 16th event has not been decided, but NEF co-owner and match maker Matt Peterson has plenty of options. In a New England Fights press release, Peterson expressed that a “flurry of calls and e-mails” have come his way from fighters, managers, and gyms requesting the fight with the high profile opponent:
“There are so many options right now. We’re working closely with Tim’s management to approve and finalize an opponent.” An announcement is expected within the next two weeks.”
When asked if Sylvia would experience any added pressure fighting in his home state for the first time and in front of friends and family, Sylvia replied:
“None at all, I’m looking forward to it. I want to put on a great show and knock someone out that night.”
Tim Sylvia rose to prominence in the mixed martial arts world when he captured the heavyweight title at UFC 41 defeating Ricco Rodriguez via TKO. Sylvia would go on to win a second world championship at UFC 59 when he secured a TKO victory over Andrei Arlovski.
Tickets for New England Fight’s ‘Fight Night 3’ event are on sale at TheColisee.com or from the Androscoggin Bank Colisee arena box office.