Shine Fights has been forced to move its Friday event featuring an eight-main lightweight tournament to the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma after Virginia denied the promotion a license to host the card in the state.
Shine Fights recently allowed fans to vote on the tournament’s opening round matchups, which reportedly prompted Virginia to nix the event which had been slated for Fairfax’s Patriot Center.
“I was given verbal approval for our Sept 10 event by the Virginia state commission 32 days prior to the fight date,” CEO Devin Price said in a release. “The commission did not express any problems with our event until certain members of the MMA community accused Shine of having reneged on our responsibilities following the cancellation of our May 15, 2010 ‘Worlds Collide: Ricardo Mayorga-Din Thomas’ fight card in Fayetteville, NC.
“The Virginia commission was understandably concerned, but instead of allowing us to prove the concerns were unfounded, they refused to provide a license.”
The opening round matchups include:
- Carlo Prater vs. Richard Crunkilton
- Kyle Baker vs. James Warfield
- Marcus Aurelio vs. Dennis Bermudez
- Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett vs. Drew Fickett
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Pictured: Marcus Aurelio