Shine Fights contract jeopardizes Aoki vs. Aurelio in DREAM
The announcement came over the weekend that former UFC and Pride lightweight Marcus Aurelio had been contracted to face Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at Dream 16 on Sept. 25 in Japan. It now appears Aurelio’s placement in that fight could be in jeopardy due to his current contract with Shine Fights. The Brazilian is expected to compete in Shine’s lightweight Grand Prix this Friday.Sources speaking anonymously to MMAWeekly.com over the weekend stated that Dream officials had been contacted by Shine Fights about Aurelio’s involvement in their Sept. 25 show, and were informed that he had never been granted permission to compete outside of their exclusive deal. If the agreement stands and permission is not received, Aurelio’s spot against Aoki could be yanked.
Shine Fights COO Jason Chambers said “I can confirm that we do have an exclusive deal with Marcus Aurelio. I want to be fair with our agreement; I want our fighters to be fair. Our agreements are exclusive, within that there is language that speaks to giving permission to fight in other organizations. So a fighter can fight somewhere else, as long as we give that approval.”
“I can confirm that I have not given any approval for Marcus Aurelio to fight in Dream.”
“There’s definitely a possibility Marcus Aurelio fights in Dream. If you see him fight Sept. 10 in our pay-per-view, those chances are greatly improved.”