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Tim Sylvia exacts his revenge on Sat. April 15, after scoring a knock-out on Andrei Arlovski to become UFC World Heavyweight Champion once again.   Anaheim, Calif. was host to UFC 59, where Quad City favorite Sylvia, defeated the Belarus national now fighting out of Chicago.What began as a boxing up match between the two powerful heavyweights, ended when one of the two went down, and stayed down.  Sylvia caught a hard Arlovoski right that put him on the mat; he was able to keep his composure and “The Pitbull” Arlovski away with his legs before quickly getting back to his feet.  Shortly after, the two went head to head exchanging blows where Sylvia landed a short and clean right hook that put the Champion Arlovski face down on the mat.   Once Arlovski went down, the “Maine-iac” Sylvia wasted no time to get on Arlovski’s back and unleash a fury of punches to the side his head, where his only defense was his outstretched fingers under his face until the referee stopped the fight.   It was 2:43 into the first of what was scheduled for five, five-minute rounds that the championship belt went back to Tim Sylvia, who held the championship once before.  The two fought over a year ago in match that resulted in a quick win for Arlovski when he knocked Sylvia to the mat and then stretched back Sylvia’s leg for a win by submission in under a minute.
The belt now comes back to the Quad Cities where Sylvia trains with UFC legend Pat Miletich at Champion Fitness in Bettendorf, Iowa.  Originally from Maine, Sylvia fights out of Davenport, Iowa where early in his career he worked security at Azteca Mexican restaurant during their Noche Latina, dance parties. 
Another winner of that night was the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz.  The Mexican-American fighter took on Forrest Griffin, the winner of the first season of the reality show The Ultimate Fighter.  In the first round Ortiz exploded in the octagon to deliver his classic “ground and pound” punishment on Griffin.  After easily mounting Griffin, Ortiz delivered numerous punches, forearms, and elbows that left The Ultimate Fighter winner’s face cut and bloody.  Griffin managed to hold his ground during the second round where he made it a point to stay on his feet.  During the third round it was a fairly even match until Ortiz took, Griffin down towards the end to score enough points to win the decision. 
Ortiz is one of the two coaches on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter that airs Thursdays on Spike TV.  The other coach is Ken Shamrock, who hates Ortiz just as much as Ortiz hates him.  For more information on UFC and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) log on to www.ufc.com or www.sherdog.com.

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