Assuncao-Azeredo Greenlit for Shine Fights 3

By Brian Knapp Apr 21, 2010
UFC veteran Junior Assuncao will lock horns with Luiz Azeredo at Shine Fights 3 “Worlds Collide” on May 15 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. The event, headlined by a showdown between former world boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga and American Top Team’s Din Thomas, will air live on pay-per-view.

An Atlanta-based Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Assuncao will carry a four-fight winning streak into the bout. The 28-year-old Brazilian last competed in March, when he submitted John Mahlow with a first round guillotine choke under the Xtreme Fighting Championships banner in Tampa, Fla. Assuncao, who holds a victory over UFC welterweight Dustin Hazelett, has delivered six of his 10 wins by submission.

Azeredo has not fought since his July 2008 submission loss to Ronys Torres. Spawned by the famed Chute Boxe Academy, he counts victories over UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and current UFC welterweight contender Paul Daley among his 12 career conquests.
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