What seemed like a terrible idea at the time has ended up turning into, well, nothing.
It’s still a terrible idea, but at least it won’t be coming to fruition. That’s because an athletic commission, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board to be precise, has decided to do it’s job and not sanction the proposed boxing match between Sylvia and Ray Mercer.
MMAmania.com has been able to confirm with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia will not be allowed to make his boxing debut against former Olympic gold medalist and world heavyweight boxing champion Ray Mercer after the NJSACB has refused to sanction their main event fight scheduled for Adrenaline III at the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. on May 30.
It is unknown at this time whether Sylvia will remain in the main event slot in a mixed martial arts rules fight, or if Adrenaline will now move in a different direction.
MMA Weekly has also reported on the cancellation of this fight, though cancellation might not be the right word to use here.
Adrenaline III will go on as an all-MMA card, and several replacements for the main event are under consideration, including Jeremy Horn. Adrenaline promoter Monte Cox is currently searching for another venue to host the Sylvia/Mercer tilt, and indicated June as a possibility for the rescheduled event.
Maybe a terrible idea will remain a terrible idea after all.