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