Former UFC lightweight Din Thomas is in talks to welcome former boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga to the world of mixed martial arts at the upcoming third event from the Shine Fights promotion, which is expected to go down in March 2010 at a venue to be named.
MMAmania.com confirmed the match-up was under consideration earlier today.
"Dinyero" was a top contender in the stacked UFC 155-pound division prior to back-to-back losses to Kenny Florian (because he blew out his knee during the fight) and Josh Neer. Following that, Thomas announced his desire to compete at 145 pounds.
He never got the chance.
Thomas was given his pink slip in May 2008 along with Travis Lutter, David Heath, Kalib Starnes, Joe Doerksen and John Halverson. Since then, he scored a submission win (triangle choke) over Dustin Pierkin at Headhunter Productions "The Patriot Act" back in February followed by a TKO victory (knee) over Gabe Lemley at "March Badness" just over a month later.
Affliction MMA quickly scooped him up for their August "Trilogy" event, but we all know how that turned out.
Still, the 32-fight veteran can get back into the headlines with a big win over the boxing bad boy. In addition to his run as WBA/WBC welterweight champion and WBC junior middleweight champion, the 28-7-1 pugilist was equally famous for his colorful personality.
We know he can punch -- and take a punch -- but will he have anything to offer Thomas on the ground? You can bet the Nicaraguan has no intentions of letting it get there.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates to the still-developing Shine III fight card, which is expected to feature main card bouts pitting Hector Lombard versus Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira and Luiz Azeredo against Luiz "Buscape" Firmino.