Rising featherweight Shah Bobonis helps Dominick Cruz ready for Urijah Faber (Sherdog)

Shah Bobonis

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Shah Bobonis…it’s not a name easily forgotten. It’s unique. Yet, the fighter behind the name is so much more than an interesting moniker. He’s a rising, young 145-pounder that industry insiders are starting to recognize as a future force to be reckoned with.

Bobonis (11-6) possesses a unique background. Growing up in a military family, Shah moved around a lot. Starting in San Antonio, his family moved to Puerto Rico and then to Florida, where he was basically raised in Miami. A wrestler in junior high and high school, he was a star athlete. Shah went on to play minor league baseball. After his baseball career ended, he took up amateur boxing to stay in shape. A chance meeting with current Strikeforce lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal led to Shah being introduced to MMA. After falling in love with the sport, he began training in earnest, and made his pro debut in 2007.

A two-time title-holder in Mexico’s Combate Extremo (C.E.), Shah is the current C.E. Featherweight Champion. And he’s very confident in his abilities.

“I’m the new generation of fighter,” he explains. “I didn’t grow up wrestling all my life, and I wasn’t born in a gi. I love to fight, and I’ve learned to be proficient in every area of the game. Even if a guy comes in as a world champion kickboxer, I can beat anybody in the world at 135 or 145 lbs,” he confidently concludes.

Represented by former FIFA player agent and current C.E. CEO Michael Shoffner, doors are beginning to open for the well-rounded talent. Shah was recently asked to go to San Diego to help prepare UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz for this weekend’s title bout with Urijah Faber. It was quite an experience for the young fighter.

“I was with him four weeks as one of his chief sparring partners,” said Bobonis. “It was a great experience. Dominick is a really well-rounded fighter. To be in there with someone at that level was a great experience. To see that caliber of fighter, to be exposed to it…you don’t get that every day. Once you train with someone that good, it gives you a level of confidence because you know going into a fight that you’re not going to see someone better than that. It helps your confidence.”

Last year, Shah was scheduled to make his Bellator debut. However, an injury prevented that. Now, he’s looking to string together a few wins and grab that first fight with the promotion.

“The UFC is great, but I think sometimes title shots and main events come about solely based on the marketability of the fight. I love how Bellator does things. You have to fight everybody. And I just want to fight the best, regardless.”

In his next bout, Shah will defend his Combate Extremo 145-pound belt in September. Look for more information on that fight in the coming months.

Combate Extremo is México's longest running professional mixed martial arts promotion. The promotion was instrumental in the growth and regulation of MMA in México by establishing the only federally appointed commission in the country – COMEXAM (Comision Mexicana de Artes Marciales Mixtas) and making it the first promotion in México to adopt the MMA Unified Rules and requiring other promoters to meet minimum regulatory standards.

To date, C.E. has promoted over 100 professional mixed martial arts events in México and internationally, running nine events in the 2010 season alone, along with another twelve scheduled for 2011. Events have featured fighters such as Jon Fitch, Aaron Riley, Brian Ebersole, Brandon Lee Hinkle, MMA pioneer Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch, IFL veteran Vince Lucero, and Bellator veterans Jorge Ortiz, Yahir Reyes, Edwin Aguilar, Cedric Marks, and showcases the top Mexican fighters competing today.

About Combate Extremo

Founded in 1999 by Michael Shoffner and Hector Molina, Combate Extremo (C.E.) has promoted over 100 fight events in México since its creation. With television ratings that eclipse both Strikeforce and the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion during its heyday, C.E. is broadcasted to over 60 million homes in México via cable and satellite television. To date, Combate Extremo has promoted over 100 professional mixed martial arts events in México and internationally. C.E. events have featured fighters such as Jon Fitch, Aaron Riley, Brian Ebersole, Brandon Lee Hinkle, MMA pioneer Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch, IFL veteran Vince Lucero, and Bellator veterans Jorge Ortiz, Yahir Reyes, Edwin Aguilar, Cedric Marks, and showcases the top Mexican fighters competing today.

- Sherdog



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