Shine Fights signs veteran welterweight Nick “The Goat” Thompson

SHINE FIGHTS AGREES TO TERMS WITH MMA VETERAN NICK “THE GOAT” THOMPSON Debut Expected to Take Place in Early 2010 Miami, FL (USA): Shine Fight Promotions (Shine Fights) is excited to announce the signing of UFC and StrikeForce veteran and former Bodog Fight world champion Nick “The Goat” Thompson. Thompson broke into the national MMA … Read more

Din Thomas ready to teach Mayorga respect – Pro MMA Now exclusive interview

Former professional boxer-turned-mixed martial arts fighter, Ricardo Mayorga is expected to face nine-time UFC veteran Din “Dinyero” Thomas (25-8) at Shine Fights III, tentatively set for sometime in April. Ever since Thomas signed with Shine Fight Promotions back in December, he has made it very clear he wanted to fight Mayorga. After what Ray Mercer did … Read more

Shine Fights officially announces bout between Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Falaniko “Niko” Vitale

Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs. Falaniko "Niko" Vitale

Miami, FL (USA): Shine Fights is pleased to announce the official signing of a bout between former world champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua (17-10-1) and tough Hawaiian fighter Falaniko “Niko” Vitale (26-9). The bout will take place at a yet-to-be announced Shine Fights III event, which is tentatively scheduled for spring 2010.

Ninja and Niko are both well-known to casual and hardcore MMA fans. Rua was a PRIDE mainstay, fighting in Japan’s premier MMA organization a total of 13 times, and his brother is UFC light heavyweight contender Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Vitale is noted for his time in the UFC, where he defeated Matt “The Law” Lindland, as well as his experience in StrikeForce.

In addition, both fighters share a common opponent in “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler, and both have battled top MMA competition. This will be a huge fight for the combatants, as a victory will help propel the winner towards bigger and better fights, while the loser will head back to the drawing board.

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Din Thomas signs with Shine Fights; wants Ricardo Mayorga first

Photo: Sine Fights - Din Thomas wants to test himself against professional boxer Ricardo Mayorga.

Ohio (USA): On the heels of “Shine 2: American Top Team vs. The World,” one of the biggest MMA events in Florida history, Shine Fight Promotions (Shine Fights) is excited to announce the signing of the newest addition to its rapidly developing world-class roster, ATT member Din “Dinyero” Thomas.

Thomas is a nine-time UFC veteran, and is one of the top fight names in the world. Details of the contract will not be released, and “Dinyero” is slated to make his Shine debut in early 2010.

An experienced veteran who has been professionally competing since 1998, Thomas is excited about the opportunity to join a growing promotion like Shine. “I signed my contract to fight, and I’m happy,” he stated simply.

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Mario Stapel to face Yves Edwards at Shine 2

H.I.T Squad team member and German mixed martial artist, Mario Stapel has been announced as the opponent for American Top Team member, Yves Edwards at Shine 2 on Sept. 4.

UFC & PRIDE veteran, Marcus Aurelio had been cancelled from the Shine 2 show. As a replacement for Aurelio, PRIDE & UFC veteran, Yves Edwards was added to what is now one of the most phenomenal fight cards to ever hit Miami, Shine 2. As a member of the American Top Team, Yves Edwards joins his fighting family on the card, which is appropriately sub-titled, ‘American Top Team vs. The World.’

Starting his career in 2000, Stapel began on a 3-fight win streak. With fights against notable fighters like Duane “Bang” Ludwig, The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 finalist, Andre Winner and Shine Fighter Beau Baker. Coming off of a first round submission win over Harris Sarmiento at Shine 1, Stapel is ready to step up to the challenge Yves Edwards is ready to dish out.

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