Mike Ciesnolevicz IFL

Mike Ciesnolevicz

Despite a rocky road over the course of its short history, Shine Fights continues its attempts to build a strong fight promotion.

Shine on Tuesday announced that it is adding UFC and IFL veteran Mike Ciesnolevicz to its swelling roster.

“It’s an honor to bring a well-respected veteran like Mike into the Shine fold,” said Shine Fights COO Jason Chambers. “He is such a tough fighter, and is bound and determined to really make his mark on this sport.”

Ciesnolevicz made his professional MMA debut in 2003, reeling off seven straight victories. As a result of his early success, he earned an invitation to the then-fledgling International Fight League. There, he faced past and future UFC competitors such as Reese Andy, Andre Gusmao, Alex Schoenauer, and Carmelo Marrero.

After running his record to 16-3, Ciesnolevicz made his Octagon debut at UFC 95 against Neil Grove. After the fight hit the mat quickly, Ciesnolevicz locked in a heel hook submission, torquing the hold until Grove’s knee popped out of its socket. The tough Brit had refused to tap. Due to this shocking finish, Ciesnolevicz had made a huge impression in his Octagon debut.

In his next UFC bout, Ciesnolevicz suffered a TKO defeat at the hands of Tomas Drwal. He was released from the promotion following this bout, but has earned a submission victory in his only fight since leaving the UFC.

Ciesnolevicz joins other recent Shine signees Efrain Escudero and Rolles Gracie.

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