Yet another hurdle has appeared before Shine Fight's single-night eight-man tournament.
One day after the promotion moved Friday's show from Fairfax, Va., to Newkirk, Okla., a representative from the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission says the commission will not sanction the event, dubbed "Shine Fights: Lightweight Grand Prix."
They also may seek an injunction to stop it from taking place.
"The commission has been 100 percent successful in getting unauthorized events shut down," Oklahoma State Athletic Commission Director Joe Miller today wrote in an email to MMAjunkie.com.
Additionally, Miller said those who fight at the event are prohibited from getting a fighter's license for 60 days per the state's rules on unsanctioned competition. Any actions toward participants will go on the Association of Boxing Commission's national registry and may be honored by other state athletic commissions.
Miller said the decision to deny sanctioning is based on Shine's tournament format, a competition in which the two first rounds of the tournament feature two five-minute rounds with a three-minute overtime round (if needed). The finale is schedule for three five-minute rounds.
Fighters theoretically could fight 41 minutes in a single night.
"For [the fighter's] health and safety, it just really concerns me," Miller said.
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