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Gary Shaw Now “Behind The Scenes” With Elite XC

(Shaw offers a financial advice seminar urging fans to invest in track suits.)

On yesterday’s Elite XC conference call Pro Elite Chairman Doug DeLuca was confronted with the inevitable ‘have you guys fired Gary Shaw yet?’ questions that we all knew were coming. You may recall that rumors of Shaw’s demise within the company have been floating around for some time, despite his son Jared’s best efforts to convince people otherwise. DeLuca offered this fairly oblique description of what’s happening with the elder Shaw:

Question: Doug, what is Gary Shaw’s status with this company? Is July 26 the last show he has with EliteXC?

DeLuca: I was waiting for one of those questions and the opportunity to set the record straight. Gary is still very involved with ProElite. Gary and our team from day one at ProElite basically took MMA at our company from ground zero to a huge network success. So, Gary’s got a lot to be proud of in the MMA world. In the process of doing it, as you can imagine, Gary being from the East Coast and we being a West Coast company, took a lot of time from Gary. He was traveling non?stop. It took a toll on his boxing business, which is very successful and it took a toll on his family. To some degree, it took a toll on his health. We collectively made the decision that Gary was going to back off a little bit, kind of take a little bit of a relaxed role as far as being involved front and center, which is a good thing for all those three things, for his health, for his boxing business, and for his family. But Gary is still very much involved and I still talk to him almost every day. He’s still there. Gary’s interest still lies in EliteXC and ProElite, making it a top organization in the world. That’s the status with Gary.

Interesting. So they collectively made the decision that he would fade out of view and not be heard from in interviews or seen on camera. You know, for his health and stuff. So then, what does he actually do for Elite XC these days?

DeLuca: Gary is still, like I said, majorly involved. I would say he’s more or less consulting in terms of all his promoter abilities, all his contacts and everything Gary does. So Gary is kind of behind the scenes with us, kind of shaping the direction of the company, the way it’s going, pulling the strings in terms of how we’re going to promote, what we’re going to do. Again, his involvement is very much similar to what it’s always been. The difference is, he’s not going to be front and center, doing all the time?consuming stuff that he’s done in the past.

Riiiiight. He’s not doing the time-consuming stuff, like making decisions or talking out of his ass in interviews about how Kimbo is MMA’s best heavyweight striker. Basically, he’s a consultant now? Not that it wouldn’t be a positive step for Elite XC. But why are we tip-toeing around it?

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Anonymous- July 11, 2008 at 7:57 pm
The CBS show was only a success because of the people who were on the card. Before you can call something successful it has to succeed. After the last showing that displayed how much of a circus act they are, I highly doubt they will hit those numbers again, even with Kimblow on the card. I personally know that I will never be watching it again, I even canceled Showtime. I know i'm not the only one. If I want to voluntarily watch garbage i'll put it on WWE.
Kim Couture is a bearded clam- July 10, 2008 at 9:31 pm
They just want Gary Shaw to use his "contacts" from working for the New Jersey Athletic Commission for 20 years to rig another win for Kimbo. After that, they will completely kick his fat ass to the curb.
Procannonfodder- July 10, 2008 at 6:24 pm
Way, way behind the scenes please. (like on the moon, and send Jared with him)
Kim Couture is a cunt- July 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm
Fat pig got fired. perfect, looks good on him.
Old, Bald and Irish- July 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm
@ Anonymous:

The Saturday Night Fight event that EliteXC produced was a success...for the CBS Network. If I recall correctly, EliteXC basically set up a prime-time deal at the rate of an infomercial. So, pretty much, CBS got the show for beans...and not even magic ones!

I doubt EliteXC is outta the red just yet.

I can't wait to see Shaw selling his tracksuits on Ebay...
Anonymous- July 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm
ProElite/EliteXC is a huge network success? hmm...dunno how I missed that one.
Vrax- July 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm
They're tip toeing because they want to keep Gary happy and, in their view, productive, even after his demotion. I think the phrase "all his contacts" here is key. There are likely clients that Gary knows and can deal with better than anyone else they have. At the same time they got the memo that Shaw can't handle the media and fails utterly at remaining cogent on camera.

So they're just trying not to diss and humiliate him while sticking to their plan of demotion.

Oh wait that was rhetorical and for humor, my bad. As a denizen of the internet I have to nit pick any little thing you say, or they'll take my membership.
Than- July 10, 2008 at 4:37 pm
With Gary Shaw out of the picture I might actually watch the next Saturday Night Fight on CBS...maybe