Shine Fights CEO Devin Price blasts Virginia Athletic Commission for putting the kibosh on Sept. 10 grand prix

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... after word got out that some unclaimed baggage was still on the carousel following the May 15 "Worlds Collide" fiasco.

"I was given verbal approval for our Sept 10 event by the Virginia state commission 32 days prior to the fight date. The commission did not express any problems with our event until certain members of the MMA community accused Shine of having reneged on our responsibilities following the cancellation of our May 15, 2010 "Worlds Collide: Ricardo Mayorga-Din Thomas" fight card in Fayetteville, NC. The Virginia commission was understandably concerned, but instead of allowing us to prove the concerns were unfounded, they refused to provide a license. And we could have proved this since on Friday [Sept 3] the North Carolina commission ruled that Shine HAD met all its obligations from the May 15, 2010 event. It is unfortunate things had to end this way; however, I know we will still have a great show on Sept 10 and we are happy to be working with the First Council Casino."

Shine Fights CEO Devin Price fires back at the Virginia Athletic Commission after getting denied a license to hold the promotion's lightweight grand prix on Sept. 10 at the George Mason University campus in Fairfax. Price claims the sanctioning  body was completely on board with their upcoming pay-per-view until they got wind of some recent claims that fighters who were stiffed by the cancellation of the "Worlds Collide" event earlier this year have yet to be paid. The show must go on and Shine will instead bring their card to the First Council Casino in Oklahoma. Is the damage already done? Or will fans still shell out 30 clams for the lightweight tournament on Friday night?

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