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Gugerty, to Replace Aurelio in Shine Fights

Written on September 09, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Anyone involved in the mixed martial arts is no exception in acquiring injuries, and one of them is the "Maximus." Good thing, there is a warrior in Shannon Gugerty who's willing to take the challenge in lieu of Aurelio.

UFC/VETERAN Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio sustained an injury while training for the upcoming Shine Fights this weekend. Due to this, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master has been forced to leave his post, and taking his place will be Shannon Gugerty. A fellow submission specialist, Gugerty began his professional MMA career with a submission victory over Cub Swanson. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt amassed a 10-2 record and was eventually invited to fight for UFC, where he has competed five times. The 28-year-old San Diego native racked up wins over Dale Hartt and Matt Grice during his time with the UFC. The Shine Fights COO, Jason Chambers, stated that Gugerty is a real warrior as he stepped up on the challenge within three days notice. It will definitely be exciting to see Gugerty compete!

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Shaping Up: DREAM.16 Fight Card

Written on September 06, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Building a fight card for DREAM.16 has faced many hurdles on its way. And though it raised some eyebrows from the media, FEG was able to make form for the event.

Finally! After three weeks out, the DREAM.16 fight card is already shaping up. Last Sunday, Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) revealed some of the matches that will be featured in the event. DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki will face Marcus Aurelio in a non-title match, Kazuyuki Miyata will fight against Takeshi Inoue, and Joachim Hansen will try to make his first win at the featherweight versus Hideo Tokoro. DREAM’s official YouTube Channel, on the other hand, confirmed that Kazushi Sakuraba will compete against Jayson Miller.

Kazuyuki Miyata was supposed to have a match versus Sengoku featherweight champion Marlon Sandro, but was scratched off late during the negotiation. The DREAM vs SRC aspect of DREAM.16 was also abandoned after an unsuccessful agreement between DREAM representatives and Sengoku. The event is scheduled for September 25, at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan, and is set to air live in North America via HDNet. DREAM.16 will serve as the final for DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, and is expected to crown the first champion in the division.

DREAM.16 – Sept. 25th at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan

Light Heavyweight Championship
Gegard Mousasi vs. Tatsuya Mizuno

Shinya Aoki vs. Marcus Aurelio
Joachim Hansen vs. Hideo Tokoro
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue
Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Kazushi Sakuraba

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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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