Former Pride standout Murilo “Ninja” Rua has signed a three-fight deal with Ohio-based Shine Fight Promotions, according to his manager, Eduardo Alonso. Alonso added that UFC veteran Falaniko Vitale has been mentioned as a potential opponent for Rua’s Shine debut, tentatively scheduled for early 2010.

Rua (17-10-1), a former EliteXC middleweight champion who has split his last six bouts, hopes to revitalize his career in the upstart promotion.

Alonso told by e-mail that Strikeforce did not show proper interest in Rua and that Shine made perfect sense because of the serious investment they are making in building the promotion.

At just 29 years old, Rua will look to revitalize his career in parallel fashion to his younger brother, light heavyweight contender Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who nearly unseated undefeated Lyoto Machida as UFC champion last month.

Shine has run two events so far and has garnered media attention for signing former boxing standout Ricardo Mayorga to fight in mixed martial arts.

Mike Fridley contributed to this report.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC signs Polish heavyweight Damian Grabowski

  • 17 days ago

The UFC has signed another talent from Poland. "Polish Pitbull" Damian Grabowski, a former M-1 Global heavyweight champion with a record of 20-2, has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC, MMAFighti read news >>

Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto: Live round-by-round updates

  • 27 days ago

MMA Fighting has Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto live round-by-round updates for one of the top boxing fights of the year Saturday night.The main event will start a little after 11:30 p.m. ET. Check read news >>

'King Mo' Lawal doesn't see Bellator 142 tourney as big deal: 'It's just two fights'

  • 27 days ago

Muhammed Lawal said he doesn’t view Bellator 142’s one-night light heavyweight tournament as the daunting task others have built it up to be.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>

UFC Fight Roundup for Week of September 6

  • 27 days ago

It looked to be a slow week regarding new fights, but the UFC tacked on numerous bouts late in the week to help flesh out some of the upcoming fight cards. The one that captured the most headlines wa read news >>

Invicta FC 14 weigh-in video

  • 27 days ago

At Invicta FC 14 weigh-ins, all 18 Invicta FC fighters taking part in Saturday's Invicta FC 14 fights will step on the scale Friday evening, and we'll have the live video here at t read news >>

Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad fight card preview

  • 27 days ago

Here's a quick look at all the fights on this weekend's Invicta FC 14 card, including headliners Tonya Evinger and Pannie Kianzad and co-main fighters Katja Kankaanpaa and DeAnna Bennett. Invicta FC read news >>

Urijah Faber told Paige VanZant 'you're going to have a lot of haters'

  • 27 days ago

LOS ANGELES -- From high-profile fights to intensive media tours to an individual Reebok sponsorship, Paige VanZant has a lot on her plate for a woman barely old enough to legally drink alcohol. The read news >>

Mayweather vs Berto fight purses revealed: 'Money' guaranteed $32 million, 'The Beast' $4 million

  • 27 days ago

No matter who he fights, "Money" makes some. There are a lot of apt descriptions for Floyd's upcoming fight against Andre Berto (preview), among them "milk run," "turkey shoot," and "callous slap in read news >>

Jake Butler

  • 27 days ago

MMA and UFC news, results, rumors, fights and MMA rankings from the fan perspective. read news >>

Conor McGregor and TUF 22 Premieres to Best Series TV Ratings in Two Years

  • 28 days ago

Conor McGregor, Urijah Faber, and 16 exciting fights propelled the two-hour premiere of TUF 22 to its most-watched season debut on FS1 since the fall of 2013. read news >>