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Local MMA personality Ray Flores has been named the cage announcer for the upcoming Shine Lightweight Grand Prix, which takes place at The Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on September 10th.

Flores will be introducing some familiar names to MMA fans at the event. The combatants:

  • Former WEC contender Rich Crunkilton
  • Pride and UFC vet Marcus Aurelio
  • Duneland Vale Tudo fighter Josh Shockley
  • MFC and WEC vet Carlo Prater
  • Art of War vet Hector Munoz
  • UFC vet and submission specialist Drew Fickett
  • KO artist and XFO vet James Warfield
  • Pride and KOTC vet Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett

The tournament format is having success in Bellator and now Strikeforce. Shine’s lightweight Grand Prix looks like it will continue that excitement.

“I think Shine bringing back the tournament format is exciting for a variety of reasons”, Flores told Chicago’s MMA. “There are so many things that can happen and so many scenarios which can play out. The fighters in this tourney are world class. You have guys that are looking to get back to the UFC and have experienced big fight situations.”

“Then you have guys who are up and coming, solid fighters looking to make a name for themselves. I also think Shine is very fortunate to have Chicago native Jason Chambers at the helm as the COO. Here’s a guy who has a vision, brings excitement and energy to this product. He knows what fans want and it’s great to be along for the ride with Shine.”

It’s an especially great opportunity for Duneland Vale Tudo’s Josh Shockley. He was supposed to fight Mark Miller at Bellator 25, but Miller had to withdraw due to an injury. A killer knockout or sub could make Shockley or any of the other combatants a “You Tube Hero” a la Toby Imada’s inverted triangle. It could be a great career boost.

You can watch the tourney on Friday, September 10th at 8pm Central on pay per view.

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