Tim Sylvia spoke recently with Steve Cofield of ESPN radio and had some interesting things to say about his former training partner, Brock Lesnar, including a prediction in his upcoming fight with Frank Mir at UFC 81.
“I don’t think he’s gonna have a future in mma,” said Sylvia. “I think Frank Mir’s gonna beat him.
“I’ve trained with Brock. I think Frank Mir’s gonna submit him. He’s a baby. Don’t kick him because he’ll get hurt. He’s a hell of a wrestler man, the guy can wrestle and he’s strong, but he can’t punch and he can’t get kicked. And he don’t know how to kick. He can only go straight forward. I think Mir will submit him.”
Sylvia also believes that the UFC may be putting Lesnar in against Frank Mir in order to set up a future battle between himself and Mir.
“I think Mir has what it takes to submit him,” continued Sylvia. “They could be lining this up between Frank Mir and myself down the road. They tried to [set up the] fight when I was supposed to fight Randy, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not sanction it. They thought I was too good for him. If he wins this fight I don’t think they could say he’s not good enough to fight me anymore.”
Brock Lesnar is a very highly decorated collegiate wrestler. He was a four-time all-American, two-time big-ten Champion and the 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion. He finished his four year collegiate career with an outstanding record of 106-5.
Lesnar also enjoyed a very successful run in WWE before trying his hand at the NFL where he played some pre-season games for the Minnesota Vikings. He was later cut and declined an invitation to play in NFL Europe, instead deciding to go back to Pro Wrestling in Japan for a brief stint before finally settling on a career in MMA.
He has since dedicated himself to the sport, training with UFC Legend Royce Gracie and at Minnesota Martial Arts Best Academy of Minnesota with Sean Sherk, Nick Thompson, and Brock Larson.
He will face Mir at UFC 81 on February 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.