With each day comes more disappointing Shine Fights news. The upstart promotion is unsuccessfully attempting to rebound from a massive failure with the previously deflated “Worlds Collide” show. Shine ran into more problems last week after the Virginia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Program put their one-night lightweight tournament idea on the chopping block.
Reasons for the cancellation are rumored to be the promotion asking fans to pick the fights without clearing such a move with licensing parties and supposedly not having paid fighters who were scheduled to compete on the previously canceled May card. As if criticism of the promotion was not already at an all-time high, word breaks that the relocated tournament will not be sanctioned in Oklahoma.
MMA Rising reports the following:
With just days to go, Shine Fights has moved their embattled Lightweight Grand Prix to the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma. However, the event will now be unsanctioned and MMARising.com has confirmed that the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission will have zero involvement.
Shine Fights representatives contacted the OSAC prior to the event’s move and were informed that the commission would not approve the tournament format that the promotion intends to use. As a result, no commission will be present at the event in Newkirk if it proceeds as planned on Friday.
Needless to say, this is an unfortunate development. 6th-Round.com has reached out to both Shine and the VA Program for comment. Further updates to this situation will be published as they become available.
The tentative line-up for Friday night’s event is:
- Drew “The Master” Fickett vs Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett
- Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio vs Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez
- Carlo “Neo” Prater vs Rich “Cleat” Crunkilton
- Kyle “Alley Cat” Baker vs James “The Unbreakable Heavy Hitter” Warfield
Source: MMA Rising