Adrenaline MMA officially announced its debut event, which takes place at the Sears Centre in Chicago, Ill., on June 14, featuring the heavyweight showdown between former UFC number contender, Jeff Monson, and relatively unknown but talented local product, Mike Russow.
According to the press release, 12 other bouts are slated for the show that will feature some familiar names and faces.
Here’s the rest of the card:
Terry Martin vs. Daiju Takase
Brian Gassaway vs. Tony Fryklund
Alberto Crane vs. Clay French
Jeff Cox vs. Bart Palaszewski
Taiwon Howard vs. Rory Markham
Jame Giboo vs. Mark Miller
Herc Hayes vs. Kerry Schall
Rob Kimmons vs. Hector Urbina
Aaron Rosa vs. Ron Fields
Dom O'Grady vs. Mike Stumpf
Joe Jordan vs. Ryan Williams
Christian Reynosa vs. John Hosman
Not bad at all for an inaugural event. And that more than likely has much to do with longtime MMA manager and Adrenaline MMA CEO, Monte Cox.
He and others started the promotion after M-1 Global collapsed without ever staging an event, enlisting the services of former UFC heavyweight champion ,Tim Sylvia, and undefeated IFL star, Ben Rothwell, to anchor the organization.
In addition, it appears that Adrenaline MMA is in cooperation with the IFL -- Bart Palaszewski, Mark Miller and Zac George were all granted permission to compete on the card. And, according to the release, EliteXC provided striker Aaron Rosa and all-around standout Hector Urbina.
Sylvia and Rothwell, on the other hand, will be loaned out to other organizations such as the new Affliction upstart brand. In fact, "The Maine-iac" is expected to fight the last man to hold the Pride FC heavyweight title, Fedor Emelianenko, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on July 19.
It’s apparently all about sharing.
Doors for the first ever Adrenaline MMA event will open at 5:30 p.m. ET and fights are set to begin at 6 p.m. ET. To purchase tickets click here or call (888)-SEARSTIX.
For more information head over to the official Adrenaline MMA Web site right here.