Tim Sylvia Leaves The UFC And Signs With Adrenaline MMA

Tim SylviaFormer UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has left the UFC and signed a non-exclusive deal with Adrenaline MMA – formerly known as M-1 Global.

Adrenaline MMA is a new up and coming organization run by Sylvia’s manager; Monte Cox. Cox was on this weeks episode of “Inside MMA” on HDNet and mentioned that he’s excited about identifying up-and-coming fighters by giving them a chance to perform on a big stage.

Sylvia said that the signing being non-exclusive is a huge deal to him and will allow him to fight six or seven times a year.

The amount of match ups that are now possible with Sylvia is very intriguing. From Fedor Emelianenko, Aleksander Emelianenko, Josh Barnett, Mirko Filipovic, and Mark Hunt, all the way to Hong Man Choi; 2008 should be a very interesting year for Sylvia’s career.

Leonard Garcia Arrested For Drug Trafficking

Leonard Garcia MugshotFeatherweight WEC fighter Leonard Garcia was arrested for drug trafficking earlier this week along with 12 other members of the same cocaine ring.

NewsChannel 11 has learned one of those arrested is mixed martial arts fighter Leonard Garcia. He was arrested Tuesday in allege connection with the cocaine ring. Garica is currently ranked sixth in the featherweight class in MMA. He has fought in UFC and Ultimate Fighting championships.

If convicted, three of those arrested could face up to 40 years in prison and up to a $2 million fine. The others could face up to life in prison and up to a $ 4 million fine.

Garcia has an 11-3 MMA record and has fought in both the UFC and WEC. He had great potential in the WEC and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of turn his career takes because of this arrest.

Source: KBCD, NewsChannel 11