PRIDE veteran and former UFC contender Jeff Monson (24-7) will meet established veteran heavyweight Mike Russow (9-1) in the main event of Adrenaline MMA's debut the show.
The event takes place June 14 at the Sears Centre, an 11,000-capacity arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., just outside Chicago.
Adrenaline MMA, formerly known as M-1 Global, recently changed names after the organization split ways with Fedor Emelianenko. On this past Friday's edition of "Inside MMA," Ceo Monte Cox announced a new direction for the upstart fight promotion, as well as the signings of heavyweights Tim Sylvia and Ben Rothwell.
Cox shared his vision of building an organization from scratch and "to identify exciting fighters, up-and-coming fighters, and give them a chance to perform on a big stage." However, the debut show will have veteran talent.
Monson, 37, had won 16 consecutive fights before earning a title shot with then-UFC heavyweight champion Sylvia back at UFC 65. Monson dropped a unanimous decision and then left the organization. He's 2-1 since then, which includes a unanimous-decision victory over Hakim Goram in his most recent fight.
Russow, a one-time PRIDE fighter based out of Chicago, is riding a five-fight win streak that includes stops in the Xtreme Fighting Organization and the "Yarennoka!" New Year's eve show in Japan. The 31-year-old submission specialist most recently defeated Roman Zentsov (16-12) with a first-round tapout via north-south choke.