Adrenaline MMA CEO Monte Cox is bringing in a big gun to help his upstart promotion gain some traction.
Cox, who also represents many of the sport's top fighters, held the first Adrenaline MMA event earlier this year in front of a sparse crowd, and a second show scheduled for September (then October) was eventually postponed for a variety of reasons.
But as Ron Kruck reported on the most recent edition of HDNet's "Inside MMA," the second Adrenaline MMA show will take place Dec. 11 with MMA trailblazer Pat Miletich (28-7-2) and King of the Cage and EliteXC veteran Thomas Denny (26-17) headlining the event.
The show takes place Dec. 11 at the i wireless Center in Moline, Ill., and airs live on HDNet.
Miletich, a legendary trainer and former UFC welterweight champion, returns from his two-year layoff from professional competition. He last competed in September 2006 at an IFL event, where he suffered a first-round submission loss to Renzo Gracie. That fight came after a four-and-a-half-year layoff from 2002 to 2006. The Denny fight will be just his second in nearly six years.
Miletich, who's since devoted most of his time to the Miletich Fighting Systems team in Iowa, meets Denny, a popular California-based fighter and former KOTC champ who last fought in July and suffered a second-round TKO to Nick Diaz in a CBS-televised bout.
Denny, 37, is only three years younger than 40-year-old MIletich.
According Kruck, Cox-managed fighters Ben Rothwell (29-6) and Ryan McGivern (12-6) are also scheduled for the event, though no opponents have been revealed.
"We want to do two or three Adrenaline shows a year," he said. "Our funding has been kind of delayed because of all the stuff that's going on (with the economy). We've been assured (that) we're all set, but until I get the funding, I’m just not ready to do anything."
Apparently, that funding came through.