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Shine Fights officially moves Sept. 10 card to Oklahoma

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After being run out of Virginia, Shine Fights has found a new home for its Sept. 10 show, which will feature an one night eight-man lightweight tournament: Oklahoma.

MMA Weekly confirmed the move Sunday.

Following issues with the Virginia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Program, Shine Fights has picked up and moved their show in less than 24-hours to Oklahoma, with the card now taking place at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

The news of the move was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday by Shine Fights COO Jason Chambers.

According to reports that surfaced over the weekend, the Virginia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Program had issues with Shine Fight's decision to allow fans to be involved in matchmaking the first round of their one night 8-man lightweight tournament.

The tournament is scheduled to feature notables such as Drew Fickett, Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett and Marcus Aurelio, who just signed on to fight Shinya Aoki later this month in DREAM.

MMAFighting.com reports the field still is not completely set. 

It was reported earlier this week that Drew Fickett would meet Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett as one of the first-round match combinations picked by fans. According to the source, that bout will still take place, though Shine has not yet announced other first-round matchups.

Also in the tournament are UFC veterans Rich Crunkilton and Marcus Aurelio, WEC vet Carlo Prater, James Prater and Dennis Bermudez. Josh Shockley is still listed on Shine's site as one of the tourney's competitors, but Shockley confirmed to MMA Fighting that he had to pull out of the event with an injury, leaving Shine searching for a replacement for his slot.

The show will air at 9 p.m. ET Friday on pay-per-view.

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