Shine GP unsanctioned, fighters will be suspended

source: has confirmed that all fighters on this Friday’s Shine Fights card in Newkirk, Oklahoma will face ineligibility suspensions for taking part in an unsanctioned event. The suspensions, expected to last between 60 and 90 days, are enforceable by all member states in the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC).

Fighters deemed as “ineligible” will be unable to compete on any sanctioned mixed martial arts cards until the duration of their suspension has expired. All Shine Fights participants will face this distinction.

As first reported yesterday, the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission will have zero involvement with the planned Shine Fights event. No commission representatives will be present and the OSAC will not handle traditional duties such as ensuring that each individual fighter is insured by the promotion and that required medical staff are on-hand. Shine Fights will model its show after an Oklahoma-based promotion known as C3 Fights, which runs unsanctioned events throughout the year. Fighters on C3 Fights events face the same ineligibility suspensions that Shine Fights competitors will.

Additionally, the OSAC will have no control over fighters receiving payment. In January, 5150 Combat held an event at the SpiritBank Event Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The promotion was unable to pay the fighters who competed on the card and, following months of delays and promises, the promoters fled the country. Fortunately, the OSAC had required 5150 to put up a $50,000 bond in the event that fighters could not be paid in a timely manner. The bond was subsequently cashed and fighters received most or all of their fight purses.

That will not be the case here should Shine encounter further issues with paying their fighters.

According to Shine Fights COO Jason Chambers, Shine has secured funds to cover all fighter purses and has placed the funds in an escrow. However, in the event that Shine cannot pay its fighters – as it reportedly failed to do following a failed event in May in North Carolina – there will be no commission to ensure that fighters are paid. has learned that, in addition to concerns over the planned formatting of the Shine Fights event (a one-night, eight-man lightweight tournament), the promotion’s controversial past played a part in the OSAC’s decision not to sanction their event this Friday.

While Chambers has stated that Shine is committed to “maintaining continuity with the local standards [rules enforced by the OSAC],” the commission’s rules and guidelines are clear. Fighters participating in unsanctioned MMA, as the Shine Fights event will be, are subject to ineligibility suspensions and will be unable to compete on any sanctioned cards until deemed eligible to do so. Chambers has claimed that no suspensions will be handed out to Shine Fights combatants, but the OSAC and commission associates state otherwise. The OSAC policy has been in place for over a year.

With no commission involvement, Shine Fights will hold little accountability in the event that anything goes wrong with their Friday event. Nonetheless, the promotion intends to move forward with Shine Fights 3: Lightweight Grand Prix, which will air live on pay-per-view. The event is now set to take place at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

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J A Yount site profile image  

9/7/10 11:28 PM by J A Yount

You make a couple of valid points, but the one thing that's being overlooked is that while most of these sports are self-governed, because of the unions they are subject to anti-trust laws. Not to mention that any enterprise that makes obscene amounts of money is going to be watched by the politicians.I don't believe that boxing or MMA could be self governed. As long as there are scumbag promoters, amateur agents, and idiot athletes there will need to be some sort of governance.I can promise that if there was no commission some slimeball promoter would try to put on a triple threat MMA bout with 10 five-minute rounds. And some wannabe agent will talk his buddy/client into taking the fight because said promoter offered him $1000 cash under the table to talk his guy into taking the fight.All the while getting his client to do it for $2600 flat and instead of getting paid sponsors, the agent gets them both a free gear sponsorship that gets the agent a dozen free t-shirts.Meanwhile the fighter will believe that doing such a match is good for his career, and that $2600 is more money than he'd get fighting anywhere else. And what the hell, he needs a few new shirts too.Oh did I mention, the promoter is sticking this kid in with two former UFC champions that outweigh him by 60 lbs.yeah it's an extreme case, but we've already seen this extreme pop up before, haven't we?

Haulport site profile image  

9/7/10 10:45 PM by Haulport

There is no disconnect. My system or another would be in use for some orgs right now except that the utterly incompetent ACs won't allow it. They decide the rules of a game....but only for boxing and mma. And they haven't modified those rules in a significant fashion in the decade since they created them. The gov't has NO PLACE in running private business beyond standard OSHA regulation for safety. If the commissions only: 1. liscenced fighters/required medicals and 2. designated a system of suspensions for certain injuries Not only would they be doing something that is 100 times above and beyond how concussions, torn acls, broken bones, etc. in, say, THE NFL are handled, but MMA would be the better for it....... This country has become filled with sheep who actually want every aspect of their lives decided by strangers in Washington and their various state capitals. These bureaucrats don't care about you. These bureaucrats don't have your best interests in mind. These bureaucrats are not looking to assist your companies. They are strangers who have their own personal agendas and have ZERO accountability...................

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9/7/10 10:34 PM by Haulport

You people are really sheep. Honestly. All those sports have self-governance is your answer to me saying that the STATE governments should get out of running MMA? Really????? No shit sherlock.......They are ALLOWED to self govern. Do you understand what that means??? And if you think for half a second that school boards are watching out for the safety of the junior varsity football team you are on crack. There are more High School football deaths each year that are NOT covered by the media that you make believe is "keeping it real" for those sports. MMA CAN'T and WON'T EVER BE ABLE govern itself because the Athletic commissions WON'T ALLOW IT. Period. End of story. So your statment is circular logic. They ACs won't allow self-governance until mma creates a commissions......but the ACs won't allow that............ And btw JA Yount, I am not picking you out. This post is for all the peoople on this thread who think commissions are a good thing and are fooling themselves into believing that the major sports commissions are some sort of not-for-profit group that oversees the sport. The NFL is the company. The teams are franchises......JUST LIKE MCDONALDS............

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9/7/10 11:09 AM by Coolface_Awesomeson

^^ That's in reference to Haulport, by the way.

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9/7/10 11:05 AM by Coolface_Awesomeson

Hmph... I'm a l'il surprised. I wouldn't think that someone who favors such an involved and rigid/objective scoring system for MMA, would also be against commissions.There seems to be a sort of disconnect there.

Chomas site profile image  

9/7/10 10:11 AM by Chomas

looks like Beau has some free time after all this Friday

Markos site profile image  

9/7/10 10:03 AM by Markos

Halport seems pretty pissed..... must of had money on the one of the Shine Fights fighters lol

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9/7/10 10:00 AM by Markos

Damn i liked Jason Chambers but if this is the company he keeps. i dont think so manShine has fucked up royally more than once

ADAMantium site profile image  

9/7/10 1:21 AM by ADAMantium

Shine is wretched and has hit a new low. There is NO coming back from this. What a shame.Shine has been run so horribly really.

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9/7/10 1:16 AM by humphrey sphinctermuscle

oh come on smoogy, that stuff is exciting. It's almost a game seeing if the event will even happen, then whether you'll get's fun on a number of levels