The Illinois State Professional Athletic Commission reversed their decision to deny German heavyweight Andreas ‘Big Daddy’ Kraniotakes (12-4) a license to compete at the upcoming ProElite show.
On Thursday, sources close to ProElite told MMAFighting.com that the Illinois Commission would now grant Kraniotakes a license to fight former UFC champ Tim Sylvia on November 5th.
Just one day before, the Commission had denied ‘Big Daddy’ his license on the grounds that many of his 16-pro bouts were not sanctioned, all of which took place in Europe where the sport is still new to many countries.
The ProElite: Big Guns event is set for Nov. 5 at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois and besides featuring the Sylvia vs. Kraniotakes bout, includes the opening round of the promotions Heavyweight Tournament.
Kraniotakes, who has been training in the U.S. for this match, has won three straight and is 5-1 in his last six fights. All of his twelve victories have come by stoppage, eight by KO and four by submissioin.
Sylvia is 1-1 in his last two and is 5-1 in his last six matches. He was last in action this past August, earning a first round TKO finish. ‘The Maine-iac’ has competed at weights higher than 265 lbs in his last seven, so it will be interesting to see if the former champ can make the heavyweight limit.