Shine Fights Goes to Oklahoma
"There really is a Santa Claus. Unfortunately he does not live at the offices of the (Virginia commission)." - Jason Chambers, Shine Fights COO
Last Saturday, Shine Fights had been denied a license in Virginia for its Lightweight Grand Prix at the Patriot Center in Fairfax this coming September 10. However, the event will go on as scheduled, and would be moving the event to First Council Casino at Newkirk, Oklahoma. The third Shine’s event is set to air on pay-per-view, and will be a single-night, eight-man tournament.
The issue in Virginia started when Shine announced that fans can select via e-mail the pairing for the Tourney’s opening round. And based primarily on that concept, the Virginia Commission denied the promotion a license. That left Shine Fights to scramble for a state, as well as a venue, that would host the event on a week’s notice. Good thing, there is the First Council Casino in Newkirk. With the promotion’s attempt to become the “MMA’s most fan-friendly organization,” the Virginia Commission put a roadblock for the plan.
The promotion previously revealed a quarterfinal fight between Drew Fickett versus Charles Bennett. Shine Fights COO, Jason Chambers, also announced via Twitter the first-round match-ups between Rich Crunkilton and Carlo Prater. The promotion’s official website still listed Josh Shockley and Hector Munoz as part of the card, but the two fighter had to withdraw from the event.View Article Source »