Aug 3, 2012 - According to a Tweet from ONE FC, former UFC heavyweight champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski will fight at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation on
Aug. 31 in Manila, Philippines. This bout marks the fourth meeting between the
Arlovski was originally scheduled to face Soa Palelei at the late August show, but according to
Palelei on his Twitter account, the fight fell through when he declined to
sign a five-fight contract with the East Asian promotion.
Sylvia, 36, had recently campaigned for a return to the UFC and was tapped to
face Daniel Cormier in the Strikeforce grand prix's final Strikeforce bout, but that
plan was ultimately nixed by Zuffa executives. Sylvia is 7-3 in his MMA career
since leaving the UFC.
Arlovski, 33, is riding a two-fight win streak since being bounced from
Strikeforce. He is 4-4 since leaving the UFC.
The two former champions faced each other three times previously under the
UFC banner: UFC 51, UFC 59 and UFC 61. Sylvia lost the first bout by submission
and won the subsequent two meetings, first by TKO and ultimately by decision in
their most-recent fight.