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Jared Shaw Wants Some Love

Elite XC’s Jared Shaw takes a little shot at yours truly in this MMA Rated interview, calling me Ben “UFC” Fowlkes, which I suppose is an implication that I’m pro-UFC and anti-Elite XC, although I like to think that my record as an equal opportunity critic speaks for itself. If an organization does dumb things, it’s my job to point it out. If one organization does more dumb things than others, they’re going to receive more criticism. That’s just how it works. If it makes me a hater, I can live with that. But since when do we all have to like everything?

$kala says he just wants some love for his fighters, not himself. Fair enough, Jared. You do have some good fighters in your organization. Guys like Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, Wilson Reis, Nick Diaz, and “Ninja” Rua, just to name a few. These are all fighters that I enjoy watching. But your fighters aren’t what you’ve been criticized for, and I think you know it.

Let’s take the event you’ve got this Saturday, for example. On the undercard you’ve got a few interesting scraps between guys like Paul Daley and Jake Shields, Benji Radach and “Ninja” Rua, and a sweet little co-promotional joint between Affliction fighters Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson (nice work scoring that, by the way, whether you had anything to do with it or not).

But your main event features a 3-0 fighter in Kimbo Slice, who has yet to face an opponent coming off a win, taking on a forty-four-year-old legend of the sport who hasn’t won a fight or even made it out of the first round in over four years. And that’s your main event.

Your other star, the lovely and talented Gina Carano, is taking on an opponent who is 0-2 in her last two fights, while her real competition — “Cyborg” Santos — fights someone else on the same card.

This isn’t meant as a knock on your fighters at all, Jared. Kimbo and Gina both seem like good people, and you’re making them wealthy people. Good for them. I don’t hate on anyone for getting their bread. What I take issue with is your organization’s approach to matchmaking.

You want something that will grab ratings, but you’re afraid that if Kimbo Slice or Gina Carano fight tough opponents, like Brett Rogers and “Cyborg” Santos, respectively, they might lose. And they might. But that’s how the fight game works, or at least how it’s supposed to. That’s what makes fights interesting. You approach it as if a loss for either of them derails your gravy train. I don’t necessarily agree (this is MMA, not boxing, and a loss isn’t the end of the world for a fighter), though I can understand why you might see it this way. But the fact is you are setting up fights because you think they are winnable for your stars, not because you think they’ll make for exciting fights.

That’s your prerogative as an organization. You can make whatever matches you think you can sell. But that doesn’t mean the rest of us have to applaud you for it. That’s our prerogative.

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Anonymous- December 30, 2008 at 1:16 am
me 2...bravo
AJ- October 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm
Both Jared and his brother are douchebags. I worked with them back in the day and they are both spoiled little bitches. I remember when the Sopranos first started and Jared was going for an audition on it and acting like he was already on the show. FUCK THE SHAWS AND ELITE XC
Jesus- October 6, 2008 at 10:05 am
This piss ant is the VP. GOD help this organization!
Von Goethe- October 5, 2008 at 2:01 am
I don't know about you guys, but the EliteXC Heat was fantastic, yeah, Kimbo is a hack, but big deal, there is like four other major televised fights, each was great.

Ninja Rua vs Benji Radach was a show stealer, damn that fight was great, Gina Carano vs the rapper wannabe, excellent fight, Carano knows how to hit and she goes for the kill and that chick score a few punches of her own, Taylor vs Dale, damn, if Semtex had defended that takedown in the second round he'd have KO'd Taylor, and the Arlovsky vs Nelson, badass fight, both fighters threw bombs and something of a slugfest, it was a beautiful KO, no idea why Nelson was complaining after, he seemed ok right after, but he dropped like a corpse, so of course the ref would stop the fight.

About the main event, well, like my BJJ master and pro MMA fighter says, in MMA anything can happen, it's a box of surprises, Kimbo lost that fight because he took it lightly, yeah, he is not the best fighter, but he is alright, even tho im not riding his bandwagon and quite frankly I'd have paid to see that show with or without him, his mind was outside that cage and he got caught, frankly, the follow-up shots looked like bad shots, hitting the back of the head, body and everything else except his face, I hope EliteXC continue to give us some quality programming, I hate some of his shows, specially ShoXC, but this one was great.

Jared Shaw said the whole Ben 'UFC' joking, and at the end of the interview he actually praises Ben, not to mention give interviews to a blog that sort of trashs him on a daily basis, also, their programming has stepped up in quality quite a bit since their first shows, and competition from Pro-Elite and Affliction is good for MMA fans and fighters alike, an UFC monopoly is not, that is just what a lot of people don't seem to understand.
UFC fan- October 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm
Hey BEN ,today, after waking up, basking in the glory of "rightness" do you feel a need to call Shaw and ask for an apology, or simply call him a fucking pussy and laugh in his face in the wake of his lameness, and Kimbo-cocksuckery?
I mean how do approach this, all things considering, since KIMBO blew up in his face with being beatdown by a scrub who couldn't even make it as a curtain puller for UFC?
How do you stay humble with this knowledge, it must be hard to keep from rubbing it in Shaws stupid looking face.
Best of luck with all that today.......meanwhile, if you will excuse, there's a lotta room to bask so Im gonna go bask heavy in all this myself.
BenUFC- October 4, 2008 at 5:45 am
BenUFC fowlkes seems less suckassy as BenIFL if youre gonna whore out, so congrats.
You can work for a shitty org like IFL and call out shitty orgs. You have no credibility on this matter.

You are no better than the other gay gossip rags.

Urijah's Team Alpha Male Afterparty sounds like something more to your liking:
BenUFC- October 4, 2008 at 5:45 am
BenUFC fowlkes seems less suckassy as BenIFL if youre gonna whore out, so congrats.
You can work for a shitty org like IFL and call out shitty orgs. You have no credibility on this matter.

You are no better than the other gay gossip rags.
UFC fan- October 3, 2008 at 1:04 pm
Tell it like it is Fowlkes.
He is just bitter cause elite xc sucks cock, and he has no fanbase to speak of.
berzerkED- October 3, 2008 at 12:00 pm
whats up with that look jared shaw gives ariel at the end... looks kinda gay ...
jared shaw's mum- October 3, 2008 at 7:44 am
and very good it was too, cheers for that he of the massive cock. now son stop puttin on shit fights, get yer tongue out of kimbos arse and accept that you're a first degree tosser. dinners at 5, bring your friends . mom xx
he of the massive cock- October 3, 2008 at 7:42 am
jared shaw if you're reading this i know its not the appropriate time to tell you but i fucked your mom.
NealTaflinger- October 3, 2008 at 2:21 am
Yeah, how is Mini Shaw going to crack on a dude who used to pull a paycheck from the IFL?
Anonymous- October 2, 2008 at 11:49 pm
CageToday- October 2, 2008 at 11:19 pm
Nice job, free publicity...
Anonymous- October 2, 2008 at 10:02 pm
Awww shit- October 2, 2008 at 9:44 pm
Wow. That was hard to watch. Jared Shaw was all weird and awkward.Ew.
Jemaleddin- October 2, 2008 at 9:39 pm
Quibble: Not by much, but it's not like Santos has faced such stiff competition that she's a proven step up for Carano.
TUF Guy- October 2, 2008 at 9:39 pm
I want to see Ben fight that douche. I think it would be an even fight. On a bright note, I just picked up my 94 Toyota Corrola, I got Lambo doors put on it. I am gonna roll to UFC 90 with it. It's sick, it has a picture of me on the hood and my huge arms on the doors. So when you lift the Lambo door and look at the car from the front it looks like I am looking at you with my arms going like "Whats up? What you wanna do?". I still don't known how they managed to draw the life size biceps on it, but they fit, somehow.

Ben let me know if you would like to set up a fight with that guy. I will provide the ring and bandaids for the scratches. I'll even sweep up the hairs you guys pull out of each other.
norremo- October 2, 2008 at 9:23 pm
I just threw up in my mouth... is that Seth Green's twin brother?
Josh Aint Thug- October 2, 2008 at 9:12 pm

i want to try so hard to take elitexc seriously, but like you said Fowkles, the matchmaking needs a serious tune-up
jrod- October 2, 2008 at 9:11 pm
theKnappyOne- October 2, 2008 at 9:05 pm
Regardless of whether or not Mr. Folkes is hugging on the UFC's nuts (which I don't believe he is), I still love him. And I invite $kala to suck on the MMA communities' collective nutsack for being snide, arrogant, and delusional. Make good matchups - that's what's good for MMA. October 2, 2008 at 9:02 pm
Funny, I'm willing to bet that Jared and his Dad will somehow find a way to blame the media for the failure of EliteXC. I don't know about you guys, but I'm rooting for Ken to win and personally destroy EliteXC!
ben- October 2, 2008 at 8:46 pm
Fowlkes, you'll always be "IFL" to me.

drummer- October 2, 2008 at 8:46 pm
well said