(The "1" represents the % chance that the event will actually go down)
Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this one coming.
SHINE Fight Promotions’ planned Friday night lightweight tournament is looking less and less likely to happen by the day.
Forget the fact that the event was moved less than two weeks out from its original location of the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia to a Native-owned and operated casino on a reservation in Oklahoma, what is likely to cause the show’s kibosh is the fact that there is no commission to oversee the event, which means it is essentially non-sanctioned or underground event.
According to MMAJunkie, the Oklahoma Athletic Commission will likely look to have the unsanctioned event shut down, which the group claims it has batted a thousand at thus far.
"The commission has been 100 percent successful in getting unauthorized events shut down," Oklahoma State Athletic Commission Director Joe Miller said via email. "For [the fighter's] health and safety, it just really concerns me. They have conducted a couple of professional boxing matches at this same tribal location … but the federal law requires a commission be present for boxing. It does not for mixed martial arts."
After the Virginia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Program refused to grant the promotion a license just over a week ago, SHINE CEO Devin Price turned to the media yesterday to spin the situation. He accused the commission of unfair treatment and said they pulled out of sanctioning the tournament because of their show that was cancelled last-minute on May 15 in North Carolina.
"I was given verbal approval for our Sept. 10 event by the commission 32 days prior to the fight date," Price stated in a press 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 cancelation of our May 15 fight card in Fayetteville, N.C."
The reason for the cancellation of that show was later determined to be a lack of medical official for the show and the fact that the fighter’s purses were not handed over to the commission prior to the show as is required in NC.
According to Sherdog’s Loretta Hunt, the reason for Virginia’s rejection of SHINE’s license was similar to what happened in May.
According to Hunt, who spoke with the VPBW’s director of communications, Mary Broz-Vaughan, today, the commission’s decision to not issue the embattled promotion a promoter’s license last Friday was based on SHINE’s "inability to provide mandatory documents, including evidence of a surety bond to cover fighters’ purses."
To make matters worse, MMARising is reporting that all of the fighters on the card will face mandatory suspensions between 60 and 90 days, which will be enforced by all members of the Association of Boxing Commissions. The suspensions are more for precautionary and safety reasons than for disciplinary ones, but have effectively worked here in Canada to deter fighters from fighting on Native-run and non-sanctioned events.
I will be very surprised if this event goes off without a hitch or without fighters pulling out at the last minute. I’m actually shocked that the show has made it this far.