by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
M-1 Global on Friday announced that it had come to an agreement to part ways with former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko. As part of the separation, the American faction of the partnership, led by president and CEO Monte Cox, will continue on under a new name.
Cox told MMAWeekly.com that the new moniker Adrenaline has already risen from the ashes of the former M-1 Global.
Adrenaline will make its debut on June 14 in Chicago, Ill. at the Sears Centre with one fight already officially signed. Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Jeff Monson will face Pride veteran Mike Russow in a heavyweight battle.
Monson comes off a decision victory over Hakim Goram at Platinum Fighting Productions: Ring of Fire. Russow enters the fight following a submission victory over Roman Zentsov at Yarennoka.
Perhaps the bigger news is that several fighters have already been signed to the organization with the most prominent signing being former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, who was released from the final fight of his UFC contract to pursue such opportunities.
“Adrenaline is a new promotion, but it allows fighters to fight for other
organizations… that’s huge,” Sylvia said. “I’ve got 3 to 4 years left
and want to fight as much as possible, so this is the perfect choice for
me at this time.”
Cox said that other fighters that have been signed by Adrenaline include International Fight League veteran Ben Rothwell and former Bodog Fight welterweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who is currently active in the DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix.