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Shine Fights moves event from Virginia to Oklahoma in lieu of licensing issues

Shine Fights’ quest to promote a single-night, eight-man tournament hit a snag late last week when Virginia’s athletic commission refused to license the event originally slated for Friday, September 10th at the Patriot Center in Fairfax. While explanations of the change have ranged from safety concerns to alleged financial issues depending on who is asked, one thing is certain – the promotion’s Lightweight Grand Prix will not take place on the George Mason campus.

However, as is the standard in entertainment, the show will go on. According to an official statement released by company heads Devin Price (CEO) and Jason Chambers (COO) the card has now been moved to the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma and will continue as planned for this Friday evening.

“We will not be holding our event as scheduled at The Patriot Center however we have managed to successfully move our entire event to Oklahoma. I want to apologize to the local fighters and fans and express my gratitude for your support. It was a pleasure meeting you,” Chambers recently explained on popular MMA forum The Underground.

Shine Fights’ lightweight tournament will take a page out of UFC history and involve eight fighters competing over three stages in an elimination-style format. The athletes currently scheduled for participation are Marcus Aurelio, Richard Crunkilton, Carlo Prater, Drew Fickett, James Warfield, Kyle Baker, Dennis Bermudez, and Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett. The event will be available on PPV for $29.99.

The announced first-round pairings are as follows:

Charles Bennett vs. Drew Fickett
Rich Crunkilton vs. Carlo Prater
James Warfield vs. Kyle Baker
Marcus Aurelio vs. Dennis Bermudez

  • nothing_shank says:

    Looks like at least 1 of the 4 fights isn’t happening. Marcus is scheduled 15 days later at DREAM. I doubt he’s fighting at both events. Its like a “pick your poison” situation for him. Which company that can’t pay its competitors do you choose to fight for?

  • Lord Faust says:

    OK, before I say anything, I’d like preface this: I have a lot of respect for local promoters, and any business owner who deals with such a difficult market.

    That out of the way, I am seriously wondering what is going on with Shine. This is absurd, between the nonsense over the Mayorga fight, and now this!? I am certainly not an expert, but would logic not dictate that you’d want to make sure you had a license to hold an event BEFORE you started promoting said event, and selling tickets.

    This does look like it could be a cover story for something else. Shine is building themselves a very bad reputation, in terms of delivering on their promised fight cards. This solution — provided it doesn’t collapse under a cloud of excuses and poor planning — at least gives people a chance to see the fights, even if it may involve additional travel and logistical issues.

    Something has struck me as being “off” about this company, and the more their events continue to be plagued with scheduling / licensing / legal issues, the less I’m inclined to pay attention to them.

    I hope, regardless of what happens, that the fighters don’t end up stuck, dick-in-hand.

  • Guthookd says:

    NSS – I’d think that it would depend on how confident Marcus is in his ability to defeat Shinya. If I were him and I thought I had a good chance I’d fight Aoki. Wins over the other guys would be great, but Shinya is top of the pile.

    Who knows. I guess we’ll see.


  • MCM says:

    look like OK now has a problem with Shine and may not allow them to do the show either.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Oklahoma can’t actually prevent them from doing the show because it’s on tribal land. News item coming soon with a little more detail.


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