Former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua and veteran Falaniko Vitale will square off at Shine Fight’s upcoming “Shine III” event, which is tentatively slated for this spring, the promotion announced on Wednesday.
Rua (18-10-1), a PRIDE veteran, is 4-2 since losing the EliteXC title to Robbie Lawler in 2007, including a current two-fight win streak over Alex Stiebling in September and Jason Jones in December.
Vitale, a two-time UFC fighter in 2003, hasn’t fought since a decision loss to Frank Trigg in Strikeforce in October 2008. He had previously won two-straight and five of his past six.
Pictured: Murilo “Ninja” Rua