We’ve stumbled upon another exclusive news release for the compelling third event to be hosted by the new breakthrough organization “Shine Fight Promotions”.

Luta Livre demolition man Luciano Azevedo of the esteemed Renovacao Fight Team, who is the only man to both beat and finish top featherweight Jose Aldo, will make his long awaited stateside debut by facing Kyle Watson, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach for Matt Hughes’ HIT Squad.

Azevedo is one of the most exciting and under-appreciated fighters in the sport today, and he clearly stated in our interview with him that his intention was to take the next big step of his career and show the American audience his thrilling style of nonstop aggression and unbridled tenacity.

Azevedo recently dominated Jean Silva and finished him with a triangle (his favorite submission) in the first round of WFE 5, after which Silva announced his retirement from MMA.  Luciano also put on the fight of the night at the Bitteti Combat 4 show, where he was edged out in a razor-thin split decision against former Pride fighter Milton Vieira from ATT.

The entertaining Brazilian is 6-2 in his last 8 fights, and in addition to Milton Vieira, his only other recent loss came by way of Fernando Vieira (who also beat rising Korean star Won Sik Park) by another split decision that could’ve gone either way or resulted in a draw.  Authenticating Azevedo’s durability and resilience, he has only been finished once in his career, which was at the hands of legend Hayato “Mach” Sakurai when Azevedo took a chance by competing in a higher weight class to be a part of the prestigious Pride Fighting Championships.

Check out some fight videos of Luciano Azevedo and read our interview with him to learn more about this fan-friendly fighter.

The fact that Kyle Watson was chosen to be the head instructor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Matt Hughes’ fight team speaks volumes about his abilities.  Watson is 12-6-1 and is the current TFC (Total Fight Challenge) lightweight champion.

Watson’s losses include solid names like Spencer Fisher, Bart Palaszewski, and Henry Matamoros.  He’s riding strong on a 4-fight win streak, and is 7-1 in his last 8.  Check out this interview of Watson from for some background information on him.

The complete card thus far for Shine Fights 3 in March of 2010 is:

Ricardo Mayorga vs. TBA

Hector Lombard vs. Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira

Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Falaniko Vitale

Danillo “Índio” Villefort vs. Nick Thompson

Luiz “Buscapé” Firmino vs. Luiz Azeredo

Fabio Maldonado vs. Daniel Tabera






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