Just when it looked like Shine Fights had found some stability in their promotion, a shake up has taken place once again as COO Jason Chambers and matchmaker Santino DeFranco have resigned from the organization effective Dec 31, 2010.
Chambers confirmed his resignation to MMAWeekly.com on Monday, while also stating DeFranco had stepped down from the organization.
Over the last several months, Chambers had been working with the promotion to rebuild from the botched show in May that first saw co-headliner Ricardo Mayorga get pulled from the card, and then the entire show get canceled.
Chambers took over as COO just after that show and proceeded to put on the following even in September, the Shine Fights lightweight tournament in Oklahoma.
The promotion had been working to put together another show for early 2011, and signed fighters like former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Efrain Escudero as well as UFC veteran Rolles Gracie to compete on the show.
Chambers had even eluded to a potential TV deal the promotion was in the process of signing, but now the company’s COO has stepped down and away from the company.
Santino DeFranco had taken over matchmaking duties after original matchmaker Ron Foster stepped down following the failed show in May 2010. DeFranco was a former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor himself, and had worked with Shine Fights since mid-2010.
Shine Fights is owned and operated by Devin Price along with his brother Dorian Price, and the organization has made no formal announcement about the changes within their corporate structure at this time.