Tim Sylvia vs. Pedro Rizzo and Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Fulton Will Headline ProElite in Moline, Illinois

Sources close to the ProElite promotion have confirmed that the second event since the company folded in late 2008, will be November 5th from Atlantic City, N.J., to the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. An official announcement from the promotion is expected this week.

The main event is expected to be a heavyweight bout between former UFC champion, Tim Sylvia and three-time UFC heavyweight title challenger, Pedro Rizzo. In the co-main event fellow former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski will take on the man who has over 300 fights under his belt, Travis Fulton.

The event was originally targeted for November 12th at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, but was moved to November 5th. In addition to Moline, ProElite officials considered the Target Center in Minneapolis as a host venue for the show.

In addition to the main and co-main event, sources confirmed that Reagan Penn, brother of former UFC champ BJ Penn, will fight on the card, as will highly regarded women’s 125-pounder Tara LaRosa.

Though a published report says Sylvia and Arlovski will meet on the card, ProElite’s head of fight operations T. Jay Thompson confirmed that Slyvia-Arlovski will not take place on that day. Additional sources confirmed the Rizzo vs. Sylvia – and that Sylvia-Arlovski IV could be targeted in the future.

Sylvia (29-7) has had a ton of ups and downs since leaving the UFC roster, losing to Fedor Emelianenko in just 36 seconds, not to mentioned being knocked out by former boxing champion and 50 year old, Ray Mercer in just 9 seconds. He picked up wins over Jason Riley, the Worlds Strongest Man, Mariusz Pudzianowski, Paul Buentello and Vince Lucero before being knocked in just 32 seconds by “Ultimate Fighter” season ten fighter, Abe Wagner. He rebounded just a few weeks ago when he stopped relative unknown Patrick Barrentine on the regional circuit.

Rizzo (19-9) has not fought since July 2010, defeating Ken Shamrock at Impact FC in Sydney. Rizzo has fought some of the sport’s heavyweight legends, including Mark Coleman, Dan Severn, Josh Barnett and Arlovski. In 2001, he twice lost to Couture challenging for the UFC heavyweight title. Since leaving the UFC in 2003, Rizzo has had just nine fights in nearly eight years.

Arlovski (16-9) snapped a four fight losing streak which included three devastating knockout losses to Fedor Emelianenko, Brett Rogers, and Sergei Kharitonov when he stopped Ray Lopez on the resurrected ProElite card just last month in Hawaii.

Fulton (247-48-10, according to most databases, though it is believed that 10 of those losses came in kickboxing competitions and not in MMA) fought 13 times in 2010, but has only fought twice in 2011, going 2-0. The majority of Fulton’s losses have come against future UFC fighters like Ben Rothwell, Forrest Griffin, Travis Wiuff, Rich Franklin and Evan Tanner. Fulton has unbelievably fought 305 official professional bouts over the course of his career and is currently on a two-fight winning streak. To his credit he has gone 31-3 since early 2008 making him no pushover.

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