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Tim Sylvia draws new opponent at November ProElite event

ProElite’s upcoming clash between Tim Sylvia and Pedro Rizzo has been scrapped after “The Rock” was forced out of the event as the result of tearing a muscle in his arm while training for the November 5 match-up. Stepping in for the Brazilian veteran will be 12-4 German finisher Andreas Kraniotakes who is on a three-fight winning streak and has finished every single opponent he’s beaten (eight TKOs, four submissions).

News of Rizzo’s original withdrawal came via his Twitter page, while Kraniotakes’ involvement was first reported by MMAFighting and has since been confirmed by an official announcement from ProElite.

Sylvia will be looking to pick up his sixth win in seven bouts when he faces Kraniotakes. The 29-7 former UFC heavyweight champ was last in action this past August where stopped Patrick Barrentine with strikes before the midway point of their fight’s opening round.

The second show for ProElite since a new management team revived it from the dead, the Moline, Illinois offering also features former UFC title-holder Andrei Arlovski taking on “Ironman” Travis Fulton who has more than 300 professional fights to his credit. Reagan Penn is also expected to take to the ring against a yet-to-be-named opponent.

Check below for a preview of the event:

MMATraining Take: I won’t lie – I actually thought Kraniotakes was a made-up character on EA Sports MMA. Apparently he’s a real fighter and a decent one at that. Twelve finishes in twelve wins is definitely something Sylvia should be concerned about given his track-record in the past where taking a punch is concerned. I could also see Arlovski losing to Fulton too. Should be a very interesting event come November 5 and one definitely worth tuning into.

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