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Monday, October 17, 2011
Injury forces Rizzo out of fight with Sylvia

By Franklin McNeil

Heavyweight Pedro Rizzo revealed on Monday he has suffered an arm injury that forced him to withdraw from a Nov. 5 fight with Tim Sylvia.

“Unfortunately, I got injured training here in Holland, had a partial tear in the triceps tendon of my left arm,” Rizzo said via his Twitter account. “I am in the prime of my condition and I’m really very frustrated with what happened.”

The 37-year-old Rizzo hasn’t fought since July 2010 when he registered a first-round TKO of Ken Shamrock in Sydney, Australia. Rizzo (19-9) is currently on a three-fight win streak.

His fight with Sylvia was to headline ProElite 2 at i wireless Center in Moline, Ill. Sylvia will now face Andreas Kraniotakes.

During his most recent fight, Sylvia stopped Patrick Barrentine in the first round on Aug. 20. The former UFC heavyweight champion is 29-7.

The ProElite 2 co-feature pits heavyweight Andrei Arlovski against Travis Fulton. Arlovski (16-9) will enter the fight on a high note. He halted a four-fight skid with a third-round TKO of Ray Lopez on Aug. 27.