(Maybe they should change their name to "Unlikely Fights.")
I’m not sure why Shine Fights keep trying to put together these long shot cards after their last event got scrapped, but the promoters are apparently a stubborn lot as they are planning a one-night lightweight tournament for September 10 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
According to a report from fiveouncesofpain, the winner of the tournament, which will feature a cast of notable fighters including Guillaume DeLorenzi, Drew Fickett, Richard Crunkilton, Carlo Prater and Charles "
Krazy Horse" "Kid Kaos" Bennett, will take home a $50,000 purse.
I’m surprised that anyone is still agreeing to fight for the promotion, since several fighters who were supposed to fight on the May 15 card still haven’t been paid what they were promised after the show was cancelled by the North Carolina Athletic Commission due to the organization’s inability to provide a ringside physician for the show or to come up with the fighters’ purses prior to the event.
We spoke to the manager of one of the tournament participants about the show and what guarantees his client was made that the event won’t be cancelled like the last one was and, if it is, that the fighters won’t be left empty handed. He tells us that the venue has already been booked and that fighters will be receiving an advance on their show purses as well as a guarantee that it will go on as planned.
So the next question is, what kind of an athletic commission would sanction a one-night tournament?
I soon had my answer.
Virginia’s athletic commission ( the Virginia Department of Professional Occupational Regulation) has long been regarded as one of the worst and most inept in the sport, so its no surprise that they are the ones to allow a tournament.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the early UFC tournament format, but under the current safety guidelines and the ABC’s unified rules, they aren’t feasible for any reputable commission to sanction.
Knowing that it was the commission in North Carolina who put the kibosh on the show in May, I can see why the promoters would choose a much more easygoing commission for their next show since it seems the governing body in Virginia will let you make up your own rules and scoring system.