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
Alonso told Sherdog.com 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
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
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.