Travis Galbraith will replace an injured Falaniko Vitale and meet Murilo “Ninja” Rua in a 190-pound catchweight bout on the pay-per-view main card of Shine Fights’ “Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas” on May 15 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the promotion today announced.
“I was looking forward to fighting Niko Vitale, and have been training since New Year’s Eve to fight him. It was sad that he got injured, but that’s how life goes. As a fighter you have to be prepared to overcome those things and step up to the challenges,” “Ninja” said in a released.
A PRIDE veteran, Rua (18-10-1) is 4-2 since dropping the EliteXC middleweight title to Robbie Lawler in 2007, recently rebounding from back-to-back losses with knockouts over Alex Stiebling in September and Jason Jones in December in Bitetti Combat.
Galbraith (17-7), the King of the Cage Canadian middleweight champ, had won four of his last five, losing only to notable Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, before suffering a first-round knockout to Tom Watson at a February MFC event.
Shine Fights 3 is headlined by the MMA debut of former boxing champ Ricardo Mayorga vs. veteran Din Thomas, and also includes Nick Thompson vs. Eduardo Pamplona, Braulio Estima vs. Rick Hawn, and Jamal Patterson vs. Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira.