By Zach Arnold | September 7, 2010
For those keeping score, Shine Fights was going to have a Lightweight tournament old-school style in Virginia at the Patriot Center (campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia — the Washington D.C. area). Jason Chambers was scheduled to talk about the event on Luke Thomas’s MMA Nation radio show. Instead, the Virginia state athletic commission canceled the Shine event after reportedly claiming that they wouldn’t sanction the show due to ‘fan booking’ of tournament fights. This resulted in Shine issuing a press release in which the league said that they had a verbal agreement with the Virginia commission.
Faced with this dilemma, we have the following two stories to link to:
In short, MMA Rising is reporting that if any of the fighters go through and fight on the Shine card that they will get suspended in all states that sanction MMA. In the case of Marcus Aurelio, he is booked against Shin’ya Aoki on the DREAM card on 9/25 at Nagoya Rainbow Hall and has to figure out what to do — does he fight on a Shine show that is under some pressure, to say the least, or does he fight in Japan for a promotion that has fighters complaining about money problems?
Shine says that they have been the victim of bad and inaccurate press from MMA media members and Tapout Radio conducted an interview last night with one MMA writer singled out in particular, JA Yount. Listen to that interview here (28 MB).
It should be worth repeating from the MMA Rising article — Oklahoma’s commission won’t sanction this event. We’re not talking California or New Jersey here, but rather Oklahoma.