Leave it to a man called “Butterbean” to get this fight going. Mariusz Pudzianowski, the world’s strongest man, will take on former UFC heavyweight champ Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass on April 23rd.
Eric “Butterbean” Esch and co-promoter Corey Fischer told the Boston Herald that the bouts will take place under the Korean-based promotion, Moosin, and Pudzianowski vs. Sylvia will headline the event.
This will be the U.S. debut for Pudzianowski, who has won the World’s Strongest Man title a record five times. The 33-year-old made his MMA debut in December and this show will mark his U.S. debut.
Fischer said that former UFC fighters Rich Clementi, Yves Edwards and Houston Alexander will also fight on the card. But one quote by Fischer might be a bit much: “It’ll be on pay-per-view and shown live in Korea, Poland, Canada and about 14 other countries. This will have more viewers than (the UFC’s) show.”
Perhaps in total viewership, but raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Moosin before reading this or the Herald article. I’m sure Dana White couldn’t care less.
Pudzianowski is no joke and isn’t some sort of novelty act. He dominated in his first fight.
Sylvia is looking to get his career back on track after brutal losses to Ray Mercer, Fedor and Big Nog. He started that process with a KO win over Jason Riley at Adrenaline 4.