Scheduled to face Mike Russow in the main event of Adrenaline MMA‘s debut show in Chicago, Jeff Monson has been forced to pull out of the match due to a not-quite-healed broken hand that he sustained in his Sengoku II bout against Josh Barnett last month. Replacing Monson will be Jason Guida, a Chicago-based fighter (and brother of UFC lightweight Clay Guida) who has built a record of 17-15 in various regional organizations. It’s an odd choice considering Guida has competed mostly as a middleweight, two weight classes under Russow, but according to Adrenaline honcho Monte Cox:
“It made sense for me at this point to go with two Chicago guys fighting each other. And they come from different camps in the same city and I just thought, you know what, this will probably sell me more tickets than anyone I can get on a week’s notice.”
Jeff Monson is still officially on the Godz of War card in Charlotte, even though it takes place just one week later. Saddled with a dodgy hand, the Snowman probably knew that he wouldn’t be able to compete on consecutive weekends, and was forced to make a decision — and it looks like he went with the higher-profile opponent in Ricco Rodriguez.
Ticket-sale wise, the loss of Monson was the last thing Adrenaline needed. Though Cox is hoping to move 4,000-5,000 seats of the 11,000+ seat Sears Centre, sales have been sluggish. Cox blames it on the economy:
“All the shows that I’ve been running and other people have been running have suffered. The only people that seem immune to that are the UFC. But for the rest of us who do shows on a regular basis we’re feeling the pinch, as far as the entertainment dollar.”
There are still some halfway-compelling fights on the card involving Terry Martin, Clay French, Tony Fryklund, Bart Palaszewski, Rory Markham, Anthony Lapsley, and Aaron Rosa; if you have HDNet you can watch the action live beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT. Or, if you’re in the Chicago area you could probably just saunter in halfway through the show and take a seat at ringside.