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Bennett Withdraws from Israel Fighting Championship

Written on November 03, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Something new is coming to the Middle East, as Israel Fighting Championship is penciled to grace its first event in Tel-Aviv. Can they be the UFC promotion of the Middle East with Bennett bowing down?

Charles Bennett has been forced to withdraw from Israel Fighting Championship’s inaugural event next Tuesday. According to some sources, it was due to Bennett’s passport set to expire during his time in Israel. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to renew it. Thus, Thiago Meller is slated to take his place in the November 9 tourney, to face Ariel Abargel. More notable fighters like Frank Trigg, Ricco Rodriguez, Hermes Franca, Rameau Thierry Sokodjou and Shonie Carter are also set to compete for the card. The IFC: Genesis will be held at the Nokia Arena in Tel-Aviv.

The Israel Fighting Championship is owned by three Israeli businessmen, who aims to become the UFC-sized promotion in Middle East. Mike Ben-Avi, an American representative for the organization, believes that they are not another promotion and another show. IFC is a big organization that is set to grace a huge show in Tel-Aviv.

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Shine Fights Goes to Oklahoma

Written on September 07, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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"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.

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Shine Fights Lets the Fans Decide

Written on September 01, 2010 by Zac Efren

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The course of the Lightweight Grand Prix tournament fight is in the hands of the fans.

The promotion, Shine Fights, is making a comeback after the canceled event last May. Their first offering is the Lightweight Grand Prix tournament on September 10 and will be taking place in Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Eight participants had signed up for the event but the fans can still cast their votes online with […]

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Fickett vs Bennett Set for Shine Fights’ Opening Round

Written on September 01, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The fans got it! UFC Veteran Drew Fickett will meet the always entertaining Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett in an opening-round match up of "Shine Fights: Lightweight Grand Prix." To whom you'll put your bet on?

Fans of Shine Fights chose a first tournament match up between Drew Frickett and Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, and was officially announced by the organization today. They will meet in an opening-round tourney of Shine Fights’ single night, eight-man lightweight match, that will take place on September 10 at the Patriot Center, in Fairfax, Virginia. Unfortunately, Josh Shockley was scratched from the field due to injury. Fickett just snapped a five-fight losing streak recently, and redeemed it all with a victory over Derrick Nobleat in a XKL event in Minnesota. Bennett, on the other hand, anchors a 7-4 in his record but hasn’t won any fight via decision for the past six years. Other participants for the tournament includes Richard Crunkilton, Carlo Prater, James Warfield, Marcus Aurelio and Hector Munoz.

The Virginia State Athletic commission will oversee the event under the Nevada State Athletic Commission rules. The two first rounds will have two five-minute rounds, plus a three-minute overtime. A three five-minute rounds is set for finale.

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Shine Fights Returns to the MMA Ring in Grand Prix

Written on August 13, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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One night. Eight Fighters. All in a single elimination match. The most anticipated comeback of Shine Fights in the MMA fighting ring is here for real! After 15 years, the Grand Prix format will fill the eyes of the fans once again.

Shine Fights COO, Jason Chambers, announced today that the promotion company will be back in the MMA ring on September 10 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. After 15 years, the Grand Prix format will be held in the US for the first time. Sanctioned by Virginia State Athletic Commission and contested under Nevada State Athletic Commission, each of the 155 lb fighter will be paired off in the opening round. Four winners will move to round two and from there, two winners will battle for championship. Rounds one and two is composed of two 5 minute match, and the finals is a three 5 minute battle. A 3 minute overtime is also included if needed to decide a winner.

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