After a troubled 2010, the Shine Fights organization has once again ran into trouble just days into 2011.
Today two key members of Shine Fights backroom team, COO Jason Chambers and matchmaker Santino DeFranco resigned from the promotion.
Shine Fights appeared on the MMA radar last year after attempting to put on a fight between former UFC fighter Din Thomas and controversial boxing star Ricardo Mayorga on pay-per-view. It was a nice idea on paper, but in reality it turned out that Mayorga was still signed to an exclusive boxing deal with promotor Don King who gained a court order the day of the fight to stop him from participating.
The promotion then declared that the event would go on regardless, before pulling the plug on it as people filed into the arena.
Chambers came onto the scene after that fiasco and a one-night lightweight tournament, also on PPV, was drawn up for September. Again the promotion hit difficulties before the event after failing to gain clearance to hold the show in it’s originally planned venue in Virginia. Just 7 days before the tournament went live the promotion had to move to Oklahoma instead.
Despite the difficulties the event did go ahead, though it gained notoriety for it’s poor production values and the fact that the ropes surrounding the ring were not properly tightened, resulting in several fighters falling head first out of it during the evening.
After they struggles they had faced so far few would have blamed them if Shine had decided to call it a day, but instead they have pressed forward with ambitious plans for more events in 2011. In preparation for that several notable fighters had been signed to the promotion, including former UFC fighters Efrain Escudero, Rolles Gracie and Mike Cieznolevicz.
It had been believed that the company were planning an event for early in the New Year, but after today’s resignations it’s unclear what the future holds for them.