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The Shaws Sully MMA

Slice’s journey from internet fame to household name was the brainchild of one of MMA’s most reviled father-son duos, Gary and Jared Shaw. Gary was an established boxing promoter looking to parlay his talents in the MMA world, and Jared was a…self-described rapper whose father who was an established boxing promoter.  Together their most impressive accomplishment was to make the world of MMA promotion—which from time to time includes rigged judging and fighters getting stiffed on their paydays–look sleazy.

To quickly summarize some their crimes against humanity:

- The Shaws overhyped the already overhyped Kimbo Slice while legitimate fighters like Robbie Lawler, Nick Diaz, and Jake Shields were pushed to the background. A lot of promotions are guilty of playing this game, but Slice actually headlined three cards, twice getting top billing above championship fights.

- “Skala” was publicly busted sneaking a peak at Gina Carano while she weighed-in naked (okay, we’ll let that one slide)

- How desperately were they counting on Kimbo’s success? Well, Seth Petruzelli said he was bribed to limit his attacks so as to give Kimbo a better chance at victory. When that plan didn’t quite play out as the Shaws had expected, let’s just say that Kimbo’s son wasn’t the only person in the audience taking the loss to heart.

- Tied for the title of “Worst Promoter” in the prestigious 2008 “Potato Awards”

- Despite their landmark deal to air events on CBS, Pro Elite accrued over $55 million in debt in only two years. In the wake of Kimbogate, they were left with few options to move forward. They initially threw in the towel, but then played a shell game of “restructuring” while refusing to let fighters out of their contracts, which ultimately led fighters to sue for their right to earn a living with a promotion that actually intended to put on fights.

- Again, in case you missed the earlier link, just listen to $kala’s “music”. I can’t stress enough how truly awful it is.

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CrushCo- June 20, 2011 at 7:09 am
Regarding the "baseball court", that's what GSP calls it in the linked video. Regarding my spelling, yes, I suck.
sPeLLcHeCkEr- June 20, 2011 at 6:15 am
typo:
" 'Skala' was publicly busted sneaking a peak at Gina Carano" should be "sneaking a peek".

and yeah, "baseball court"? unless you meant "baseketball".
dcmsm- June 20, 2011 at 12:44 am
No mention of Jens Pulver?

"It was the scariest moment in Jens Pulver's terrifying young life. Pulver's father was in a drunken rage, which happened regularly. He pulled out a shotgun, aimed it at his son and told him to open his mouth. Pulver said that after a few terrifying moments, his father took the shotgun out of the 7-year-old's mouth and told him, "You aren't worth the bullets." Pulver, his three younger siblings and their mother lived in terror for years. Beatings and verbal abuse were a regular occurrence. "
WuTangClan- June 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm
What the fuck is a "baseball court"?
ReX13- June 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Really well done, Crush.

Can't believe you missppelled schadenfreude though. That's rookie shitt, yo.
SquidInk- June 19, 2011 at 11:42 am
1. Whoever made the Leben vid complete with sound effects and text is a keyboard warrior, nothing more. I'd pay to see that person refer to Quarry as a "fag" in person. Regardless what you think of Quarry as an MMA fighter, I'd bet the farm that he'd be able to handle business with the creator of that vid.

2. God bless Seth Petruzelli for derailing the Kimbo Slice bandwagon of bullshit.

3. Fuck everything about the Shaws.
hooligun- June 19, 2011 at 10:32 am
great story, thanks.
Cryptococcus neoformans- June 19, 2011 at 9:17 am
hxxp://www.someecards.com/2011/06/17/great-moments-in-fatherhood

This is a better list
mDino- June 19, 2011 at 9:10 am
carwin may not have heart but he fights for pride and thats respectable
Dizzylittlelord- June 19, 2011 at 8:55 am
the coleman thing is fucked up, the miller thing is hilarious and the gina carano naked pictures behind the towel dont work
KrmtDfrog- June 19, 2011 at 8:46 am
In fairness to Coleman, the story I heard was that the kids were supposed to be in the back, but Coleman spotted them in the crowd post fight and he felt he had to console them with the daddy is fine, etc. So the fault on this would be (like so many other things) on the PRIDE honchos.
Cryptococcus neoformans- June 19, 2011 at 7:57 am
That Miller story is parenting gold! Who's to say that's not good parenting?
rngeorgeh- June 19, 2011 at 7:17 am
Is Kimbo's son "special"? Just wondering...
WK- June 19, 2011 at 7:04 am
Oh shit, that Miller story was awesome.
FightZen- June 19, 2011 at 6:47 am
Not sure it the sound on that last vid was messed up, or it was just my pc, but Coleman sounds like Lou Ferrigno. Which is kind of how I think Mark Coleman would sound these days...
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