Biography(references)After graduation, he worked construction, community gardening, hanging sheet rock, as a bouncer, and painting houses. After high school, he played semi-pro football for three years before becoming interested in MMA, and began to train with Marcus Davis, a fellow bouncer. After training for a year, and winning grappling tournaments, he got the opportunity to fight in a Rhode Island no holds barred amateur event, in which he knocked out his opponent in 17 seconds. In late 2000 Sylvia sold all of his belongings and moved to Bettendorf, Iowa, to train with Team Miletich which had members such as former UFC champions Matt Hughes and Jens Pulver. Sylvia was promoted to a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on October 31, 2011.
Fighter Trivia(references)Sylvia has a son, Maverick, from his previous relationship. In 2010, Sylvia confirmed that he is a police officer in the State of Illinois on a part-time basis .
Awards & Accolades
UFC: UFC Heavyweight Championship (Two times)
UFC: Fight of the Night (One time)
Powerhouse World Promotions: PWP Heavyweight Championship (One time)
International Sport Karate Association: ISKA MMA Super heavyweight Championship (One time)
ICON Sport: Superbrawl Return of the Heavyweights Tournament Winner
Tony Johnson vs. Tim Sylvia | ONE Championship Full Fight | May 2013
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