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Shine Fights turns matchmaking over to the fans

In an effort to make fans forget about the last-minute card cancellation after Ricardo Mayorga was banned from making his MMA debut in May, Shine Fights has opened up its matchmaking for their Grand Prix tournament on Sept. 10.

Fans are asked to email their lightweight bout suggestions to For some reason, you can't vote for the fights on their website, which makes minimal sense from a user standpoint but a lot of sense from an email marketing sense.

Here are the eight fighters you can choose from in the eight-man lightweight tournament in Fairfax, Va.:

Rich Crunkilton (16-3)
Josh Shockley (6-0-1)
Drew Fickett (37-13-3)
Carlo Prater (24-7-1)
James Warfield (21-6)
Marcus Aurelio (20-8)
Dennis Bermudez (8-0) [replaces Hector Munoz]
Charles Bennett (23-17-2)

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