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Gary Shaw Knows Women

In a conference call held yesterday with Gina Carano and Kaitlin Young, EliteXC boss Gary Shaw announced that he intends to create the league’s first women’s title, with the winner of the Carano/Young scrap on May 31st likely fighting for the 140-pound belt sometime this fall; other titles in different weight divisions will follow once EliteXC builds up its roster of female fighters. Shaw also mentioned his goal of putting an all-women’s MMA card on CBS or Showtime next year. And just when we were about to hail Shaw as a champion of gender equality, he hits us with this:

Question: The IFL is very interested in the notion of having unified champions, wherever it’s possible or practical. Would that be something you would want to get involved with?
Shaw: I’m all for it…If they want to do women’s, we’ll fight for a women’s IFL belt…Women like jewelry. The more belts the better for them. They like accessories. So why not fight for an IFL belt or a DREAM belt?

Shaw also gave credit to Kaitlin Young as a dangerous and exciting striker, despite the fact that she’s probably a very bad driver. But it wasn’t all assholishness during the conference call. Shaw gave reporters some straight talk about EliteXC’s financial status and their ability to compete with the UFC:

“We’re not embarrassed about our numbers. We’re losing money. We’ll probably lose more money. But that’s what start?ups do. There are very few companies that start from day one and make money. It’s about staying power. The UFC lost over $35 million before they (got a) push. We know we have the product. We know we have the fighters…Yes, we’re losing money. Are we going to be here long term? Yes, we’re going to be here long term. We’re the only company out there that has a SHOWTIME type deal and a CBS deal. Nobody else has that to offer to any athlete…We’re number two behind the UFC, there’s no question. We’re Pepsi to Coke. We’re Avis to Hertz. But it’s not always a bad place to be. As I said, we’re far, far away from 16 months ago when we started. I don’t think anybody would have ever believed that we would have been on SHOWTIME, we would have been going on CBS, and we’d have the rosters that we have, the product that we have in 16 short months.”

Notably, Shaw also addressed Affliction’s chances of surviving as an MMA promotion:

I think they’re going to find out that they’re better off in the clothing business. Stick with what you know. Stick with what you do best and don’t try to be somewhere that maybe you shouldn’t be. I mean, look, we’re not allowing any of our fighters to wear anything with the Affliction name. UFC has done the same thing. So wouldn’t they have been better off being in the clothing business where they have a spectacular line of clothing and lifestyle brands and being branded in our show on CBS in front of potentially 100 million eyeballs than try to do fights that may not be competitive or may be boring? … I think that maybe they’ll do one or two fights. My prediction: they’ll be back in the clothing business.

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Shaw's an idiot- May 14, 2008 at 10:12 am
"than try to do fights that may not be competitive or may be boring? … " Shaw says, as he lines up the next 29 second, tomato can fight for Kimbo....
Stevezilla- May 13, 2008 at 9:28 pm
IMO, the CBS deal may give the EliteXC a boost in terms of turning MMA into a mainstream hype. As retarded as this may sound, some people I know are not up for purchasing PPV even for a good MMA fight. I too, as well as other MMA fans, am all about a good card. However, the CBS and Showtime deal may have been a costly move rather then offering some legite contracts to some legite fighters for a heavy price. I think that would have been a much better investment...
HExdizzle- May 13, 2008 at 7:19 pm
Anyone that knows MMA knows that the Affliction card is a good card so far. If Affliction can pull this off right they are going to turn a profit. I already want to purchase the pay-perview! Elitexc is getting better but its still a limp weiner in the MMA world. If it wasnt for the fact that most of the world has some kind of satellite dish that allows them to receive "Show Time" for free, not alot of people would even pay to watch the fights they have put on. As a fan of MMA I could care less about who the Promotion is, I just want to see a good fight card. Give me a good fight and I'll pay to watch it! Done plain and simple.
shaw sucks affliction's cock- May 13, 2008 at 5:57 pm
if affliction can pull together the first event, it will instantly make them a player in the mma event world. shaw will eat his words about "non competitive and boring fights" and affliction not being able to do it. i think he is scared. he is going to be goin down on affliction like a crackwhore for a rock. i will also be entirely amused if affliction turns a profit before elitexc. strikeforce has had one event that the avg mma fan can name...the shamrock/cung le fight...that's it. elitexc has the kimbo/tank fight...that's it. i know they have done more, but no one knows/cares about it. i dont think anyone wonders what would happen if fedor got a hold of his prize monkey. jealousy, pure and simple.
sarah- May 13, 2008 at 5:35 pm
WOW. with a quote like that and those dashing good looks, i can only assume that gary shaw gets laid every single night.

i think i've found someone less likable than dana white. god help us.
durka durka- May 13, 2008 at 3:42 pm
doopa doopa doo
Vrax- May 13, 2008 at 3:01 pm
dy-no-mite3000- May 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm
jst4fun: Um..... Shaw had literally NOTHING to do with organizing Shamrock/Le. That fight was all StrikeForce's doing. Showtime airing the show stems back to a breach of contract that Shamrock did with signing to EliteXC when he was signed to an exclusive StrikeForce deal which subsequently forced Showtime to bend over for StrikeForce and Cocker, which brought forward the co-promoted shows deal.

The only reason why these other companies are talking about allowing interpromotional fights and shared titles is because they have all realized they are fighting a losing fight and this is a last ditch effort by these companies trying to legitimize themselves to the public viewing eyes and wallets.
jst4fun373- May 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm
you have to give it to shaw for at least one good show... the lee and shamrock fight as well as the card was awesome. i think elitexc will be around for a while. with all the talk from different companies now doing co-promotions and competeing for belts in other companies why wont they let fighters wear affliction? taking that away from the fighters is cutting into their sponsorships.
L Grant- May 13, 2008 at 2:29 pm
LOL @ "Women like jewelery". This guy is even better than Dana White. I love these idiots who are the "face" of MMA organizations.
But, he makes a point about Affliction. They're kind of screwed without the clothing being shown on the big shows. I hope their MMA org takes off though. The first card is WAY beyond anything Elite XC has done.
I mean, Elite XC has Kimbo as their HW rep. Affliction has Fedor. Sure Kimbo has more drawing power right now, but if Affliction markets it properly and uses the name recognition of Tim Sylvia, people will see who Fedor is. Then maybe we can see a Kimbo vs Fedor fight. Ha!
Oxycotking- May 13, 2008 at 2:05 pm
Ha Shaw is a fat idoit. He should of stuck with what he knew, boxing.