(Honestly, is this the face of a man who wouldn’t carefully read his contract before signing it?)
Final Final Update: Now the entire Shine Fights event has been canceled. Jesus.
This Shine Fights story looks like it’s going to drag out all day and the updates are flying fast and furious. As of this afternoon, the company is still adamant that embattled boxer Ricardo Mayorga will make his MMA debut against Din Thomas at tonight’s "Worlds Collide" pay-per-view event, despite a judge’s orders that he not.
For what it’s worth, Thomas is reportedly telling MMA scribes he’s been informed that he’s still fighting Mayorga and will continue preparing accordingly.
Further developments allege that Don King Productions may take its fight straight to PPV providers and basically dare them to air the program in the face of the legal order.
At this point there are far more questions than answers: Will Shine Fights really defy the injunction? Would doing so be to effectively commit promotional suicide? Is it all a ruse to try to squeeze out a precious few more PPV buys? If Mayorga appears, could he be party to a lawsuit, since he’ll also be in violation of his contract with DKP?
We may not know until Shine’s PPV actually goes on the air. More updates as they occur.