Apologies for the delay getting this up; I was in Montreal all week.
THE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WILL BE UP FOR GRABS AT UFCâ 48: PAYBACK
Tim Sylvia To Meet Frank Mir for the Heavyweight Championship
LAS VEGAS, NEV., April 19, 2004....Tim Sylvia makes his much anticipated return to the Octagon Saturday, June 19, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center as he tries to regain the belt that he relinquished after a successful title defense in UFC 44. Sylvia gave up his belt after testing positive for an anabolic agent following UFC 44 and was unable to fight in UFC 47 because new test results were not available at the time of weigh-in.
UFC President Dana White says it's time for Sylvia to return, "Tim has served his suspension, been very remorseful and has handled the matter extremely well. I'm looking forward to seeing Tim back in the Octagon and I'm anticipating a tremendous fight."
Sylvia (18-0) from Davenport, Iowa will battle Frank Mir (7-1) from Las Vegas in an attempt to regain the title that what was once his. Mir is coming off an impressive win over Wes Sims in UFC 46, knocking Sims out in the second round. Mir knows this is going to be a tough battle, "I am training expecting this to be the hardest fight possible. Tim is going to be in the best shape possible and is not going to make a single mistake."
Also added to UFC 48: Payback; Dennis Hallman (51-8-2) from Olympia, WA, looks to avenge a previous defeat to Frank Trigg (9-2) fighting out of El Segundo CA. Veteran lightweight Matt Serra (12-3) from Long Island, N.Y., will meet Ivan Menjivar (13-2) from Montreal, Canada in his UFC debut. Las Vegan, Jason Miller (22-4) will also make his UFC debut against Welterweight Georges St. Pierre (6-0).