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Tim Sylvia, Ben Rothwell signed by Adrenaline MMA

Just announced on tonight’s Inside MMA, mixed martial arts super agent Monte Cox is starting a new fight promotion called Adrenaline MMA (formerly known as M-1 Global) and has signed top 10 heavyweights Tim Sylvia and Ben Rothwell. “The Maine-iac” said his split from the UFC was amicable and said his deal with the new Adrenaline MMA promotion is non-exclusive. He will not fulfill the last fight on his contract with the UFC and has been released from his contract altogether.

At age 32, he hopes to fight several times a year, in Adrenaline MMA and in other promotions. He stated he’d like to fight in Japan and (of course) said Fedor is #1 one on his list.

Monte Cox stated Adrenaline MMA’s first show will be June 14th in Chicago.

UPDATE: MMA Weekly is reporting that not only have Ben Rothwell and Tim Sylvia signed on for the new Adrenaline MMA promotion, but that they’ve also signed current EliteXC and DREAM fighter Eddie Alvarez. Also according to the report, a fight between American Top Team’s Jeff Monson and PRIDE veteran Mike Russow has already been signed for the inaugural show.

25 COMMENTS
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  • Rich S. says:

    i could only pray that some day Sylvia gets that fight with Fedor..
    simply because i would love to see Fedor put Sylvia where he belongs.. and that’s 6 feet under..

  • Evan says:

    So again…how isn’t this conflict of interest?

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Well… technically Monte Cox doesnt have a management contract with any of his fighters which means he is free to do what ever he wants with them.

  • Terrence says:

    Does this news make a Fedor/Sylvia match more or less likely?

  • Evan says:

    Even though they all say he is their manager?

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    He represents them as their manager but there are no written links between them. He says he has an open door policy where the fighter is free to leave if they feel he’s doing a poor job.

  • Evan says:

    It still boils down to the same thing…in the end he still manages them and is CEO of the company they now work for. A contract means nothing…he is still their manager.

  • mattio says:

    Are all of the heavyweights in MMA flaky? It sure seems that way.

  • Evan says:

    One more thing on the conflict of interest. What happens if this new thing fails which lets be honest, there is a high chance of. If Monte encouraged Ben, Tim and whoever else to sign here instead of the UFC, EliteXC etc… there could be some massive lawsuits coming.

  • Rln says:

    Tim Sylvia headlining an Adrenaline MMA show.. oh the irony.

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    If there is no contract between manager and managee then i guess TECHNICALLY theres no legal conflict of interest.

    It still seems a little iffy, but that’s my reasoning.

  • slimm says:

    if Fedor put Tim 6ft under his mellon head would still be sticking out of the ground.. kinda funny visual actually
    a nonexclusive deal good for those two¿¿ Ben & Tim should or better fight @ the first show of this MMA experiment of Cox s owell he only lost the “1” HW in the world in Fedor had him fight some 7ft tall dude and now he is free~agent and M-1 global is done….. perhaps this will end soon to, just thinking aloud i guess, they re good fighters yet who do they have to fight? Kimbo, Barrnett, BO Cantell, Tank, Big Foot, Coke head Rodriguez, some 90yr old from YAMMA orginazation now im just being bitter…. Randy and also Fedor possibly good potential for a HW only orginazation, cheers…..

  • Wang Chung says:

    i don’t get it. i dunno, this is the most unexciting news ever. monte is the man, but this mickey mouse shit with fedor makes me really not care at all about who fights for him, when, and especially not sylvia. the bright side of this means arlovski will probably resign with the ufc, setting up some tasty HW bouts. and i’d rather watch arlovski than sylvia any day.

  • Fight Fan says:

    To drop Fedor and instead pick up two big name americans (for the same money probably) I would say has something to do with ppv sales in Nth America.
    Anyway who’s to say Fedor won’t fight Tim, Ben, Randy and CroCop now that theyre non exclusive and the UFC can’t stop it from hapening.
    End the UFC’s exclusive contract dictatorship.

  • Yoon says:

    LOL if Sylvia gets to fight Fedor before Randy.Randy wishes he could have parted UFC like Tim

  • JAMES says:

    Sylvia VS BOB SAPP, June 14 in Chicago, Rothwell VS BIG PERM same show.

  • Donk says:

    You just can’t predict MMA, the fights or the business. I wonder what the UFC’s motivation is behind this move? Sylvia is a bit of a roadblock for anyone in a devision where it’s fighters need to rank up some wins. Or is the UFC admitting that there are greener pastures outside it’s HW division? Or maybe they are trying to try and test the waters of cross promoting through Sylvia? Each sounds just as strange as the last…

  • Evan says:

    Donk …Tim just isn’t a draw or well thought of by the public.

    If you have google toolbar installed…type in his name and don’t click it, just see what the first suggestion is.

  • egad81 says:

    Tim is a Tuna Can! Fedor will smoosh him bad.
    Rothwell barely beat Roy Nelson and lost to Tim back in the day.

    I could care less where they fight. I just want to see them both lose.

    I will say this…. This is all part of the “Randy Revolution” that I talked about a few weeks back that could change MMA forever.
    NON EXCLUSIVE CONTRACTS and BIG TIME FIGHTS!!!

  • mike wolfe says:

    I agree with Evan on Monte’s conflict issues. If his fighters whom he manages pay him for his services, he owes duties to them regardless of whether there is a written agreement. If the new org. succeeds and everybody makes money, there probably won’t be an legal hassles because nobody is likely to complain. If there is one unhappy fighter or if the org. struggles or fails, Monte’s life could go nuclear very quickly.

    I hope it works for them. The more MMA the better. I hope Cox can arrange a legit fight for Fedor, but I’m not holding my breath. I’d like to see Rothwell and Sylvia square off. It’d be like watching two long lost brothers go at it. Not much of a grappling game, but lots of striking.

  • Evan says:

    Yup…just one contract goes bad for a fighter and Monte is in trouble. And for everyone who thinks non exclusive contracts are paradise…hows boxing doing?

  • Evan says:

    And I like cross promotion BTW, I just think it is far overdone. I don’t see the purpose of creating a company just to cross promote. That makes belts worthless.

  • egad81 says:

    Evan… Boxing is still HUGE!
    Although it was watered down in the 80’s and 90’s by more and more Sanctioning bodys.

    MMA has promotions & promoters
    The promotions (or companies) have belts for fighters. The only thing that distinguishes who is a true champ is public opinion at this point.

    Imagine if you will… A fighter winning a belt in say Adrenaline MMA. Then being granted to risk that belt or fight for another belt at another promotion.
    You could see guys like Fedor holding all the belts and then who would NOT buy a PPV that he is in?

    Right now people watch what they like…. (see Sam’s WEC story)

  • Brandon says:

    Didnt Dana white get rid of tim silva. that dude couldnt even win a fight against a middle weight fighter. if he is the best adrenaline or whatever is gonna have there gonna end up like pride….. gone.

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