Evening News and Notes: Sylvia-Mercer Set, Strikeforce Inks Thompson & More


Tim Sylvia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 25, 2009.

  • Adrenaline MMA figurehead Monte Cox has confirmed that his client, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, will face former Olympic boxing gold medalist Ray Mercer in a boxing match that will headline Adrenaline MMA’s third showing on May 30 at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fight will be Sylvia’s first-ever professional boxing match.

  • Former BodogFight welterweight champion Nick Thomson revealed Wednesday that his contract with EliteXC has been picked up by Strikeforce, which purchased limited assets from ProElite earlier this month. “They just called me today and they’re going to pick me up. So I am now with Sengoku and Strikeforce,” Thompson told MMA Weekly. “The Goat” recently won a decision over British welterweight Paul Daley at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s latest event on February 20.

  • UFC veteran Alberto Crane will try to keep a three-fight winning streak alive when he faces current No Limit MMA welterweight champion Eric Regan in the main event of Rage in the Cage 123 on February 28 in Arizona. Since his release from the UFC, Crane has won three out of his last four fights. All of his wins have come by submission in the first round. Regan is most notable for dropping a decision against UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard last March.

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