Fourth Kelowna fighter signs with UFC

Team Toshido members, left to right, Matt Dwyer, Rory MacDonald, Coach David Lea and Shane Campbell.
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KELOWNA – Another member of Kelowna’s Team Toshido has been signed to the UFC.

Shane “Shaolin” Campbell, 28, who came to Kelowna from Edmonton five months ago, is a 6’ lightweight with a professional record of 11-2. With a background in Muay Thai, Campbell has fought around 90 times in the ten years since he started.

“Toshido MMA is excited to announce that Shane Shaolin Campbell is the fourth Team Toshido member to get signed to the UFC,” writes Toshido coach David Lea on his Facebook page. “Shane is taking a short notice fight against the always dangerous John Makdessi in Montreal at UFC 186."

Campbell only found out he'd been called to replace an injured fighter for UFC 186 two days ago but says he's ready to go.

"I'm always confident in myself but anything can happen in there," he says. "It's a huge increase in pay and the exposure is phenomenal. I'm right on the main card which is really nice. It has fight of the night potential."

Campbell is best known for a recent fight in which he hit his opponent with a hadouken fireball, a move made popular in the 1980's video game Street Fighter.

He joins other local fighters Rory MacDonald, Matt Dwyer and Sarah Moras as the latest to make it onto the biggest fight stage in the world.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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