Although he wouldn’t get into debating Frank Shamrock‘s version of events, former EliteXC VP and matchmaker Jared Shaw spoke with CagePotato.com today to clarify comments he made during a recent interview with Sherdog’s Jeff Sherwood about the former UFC light heavyweight and Strikeforce middleweight champion’s offer to fix a fight with Kimbo Slice.
Shaw explained today that it was he who asked former MMARated and current AOL Fanhouse reporter Ariel Helwani two years ago to keep the story to himself and not the other way around, as has been reported by several outlets including ours. Thanks to some glitchy audio during the Sherdog interview, it sounded like Shaw said, “The only other person who knows is Ariel Helwani because I told him a long time ago, but he asked me to never say anything,” when in fact Shaw says he said, ”but I asked him to never say anything.”
“Ariel I told the story to almost two years ago, but I asked him to not say anything,” Shaw explained via text message. “You guys got it mixed up and I don’t want that for Ariel.”
Props to Jared for setting the record straight. It didn’t make a hell of a lot of sense that a reporter would want to keep a story that had no personal bearing on him quiet.