by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Shine Fights on Thursday announced a welterweight bout pitting former Bodog welterweight champion Nick Thompson against Eduardo Pamplona on May 15 in Fayetteville, N.C.

Thompson vs. Pamplona will be part of the undercard for the promotion’s “World Collide” pay-per-view featuring former boxing world champion Ricardo Mayorga squaring off the UFC veteran Din Thomas.

Thompson (38-12-1) has fought all over the world, including in organizations such as the UFC, Bodog, Sengoku, EliteXC, and Strikeforce. He holds victories over UFC veterans Josh Neer, Keith Wisnewski, Chris Wilson, Ansar Chalangov, and Paul Daley, as well as current Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez and Cage Rage veteran Mark Weir.

“I am happy to be with Shine and I look forward to earning the first shot at their welterweight title,” said the 28-year-old.

“Eduardo is a tough and exciting fighter. He is the kind of fighter you like to fight because there will be fireworks… while he has not had a loss in the last three years, I am confident that I am the better fighter and will stand victorious when the night is over.”

One of the top welterweights in Brazil, Pamplona (12-2) is now on a mission to prove that he is also one of the best 170-pound fighters in the world. Already a veteran of Pancrase, Shooto, the IFL, and M-1 Challenge, Pamplona will now bring his aggressive striking and world-class ground game to Shine Fights. Having earned victories over MMA legends Jorge “Macaco” Patino, Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons, and fellow Shine signee Daniel Acacio, Pamplona made his U.S. debut in 2007 at “IFL: Atlanta” in an exciting three round war with former EliteXC champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler. Pamplona lost a hotly contested bout that night, but the 34-year-old has reeled off seven straight victories since, bringing his record to 12-2 overall.

“This fight with Thompson is a big fight for me,” Pamplona said. “He has many great victories on his record, and I believe it will be a great fight between us. I believe this fight will have a lot of movement. We both like to stand up and exchange. I believe we will stay on our feet.”