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8/12/10 2:59 PM
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Host of notables announced for Sept. 10 Shine Fights eight-man lightweight tourney

In a throwback event reminiscent of MMA's early days, Shine Fights officials today announced the organization's Sept. 10 return and a single-night eight-man lightweight tournament.

The show, which airs on pay-per-view, takes place at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.

Tournament participants include WEC vet Richard Crunkilton (16-3), undefeated Josh Shockley (6-0-1), UFC vet Drew Fickett (37-13), former Palace Fighting champion Carlo Prater (24-7-1), multi-promotion standout James Warfield (21-6), PRIDE/UFC vet Marcus Aurelio (20-8), Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Hector Munoz (9-3) and the infamous Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett (23-17-2).

The Virginia State Athletic Commission oversees the tournament under Nevada State Athletic Commission rules. 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.

"The grand-prix format can be traced back to the grassroots of MMA," Shine Fights COO Jason Chambers stated. "Fans will be given the unique opportunity to witness some of the world's most talented athletes go head to head, more than once, in a single evening. And they will see firsthand the intense conditioning, determination and will that is needed to survive in such a demanding format. Fans better purchase their tickets quickly because we are expecting a sellout."
 
Tickets range from $24 to $350 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com beginning this Saturday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT). A 15 percent discount applies to seats purchased within the first 48 hours of the on-sale date. 
8/13/10 1:19 PM
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