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Wait, Jared Shaw Still Has a Job?


(Guess who’s getting promoted to the position of Kimbo’s Official Gold Chain Holder. Photo courtesy of Esther Lin.)

When news dropped that Gary Shaw had resigned from Pro Elite just shortly after everyone within the company, including his son Jared, assured the media that things were just fine and nobody was going anywhere, we naturally assumed that Jared was on his way out too. It’s like when you’re the son of a third world dictator and you get some cushy do-nothing job. When your dad is overthrown by a power-hungry general in a bloody coup, it usually means you’re on the next flight out with a briefcase full of cash or you get killed in your sleep.

But according to new Pro Elite Chairman Charles Champion, whose name is awesome and maybe fake, Jared is going to be sticking around in some capacity:

Jared has been with the company from the beginning. Gary has often said that it was really Jared that brought Gary into it. Jared has continued to work on making matches and continue to promote ProElite and ProElite athletes. He’s continuing to work with the fight team. I haven’t talked to Jared about what he’s going to be doing ten years from now but I have talked to Jared about what he’s going to be doing for the next while with us. He’s enthusiastic and others are enthusiastic about his approach and what he’s doing now, so we think that is all going to work out well.

Seriously? So the lesson here is, nepotism works? Man, this is why I hate learning lessons.

In a different interview, Jeremy Lappen, Elite XC’s Head of Fight Operations, told AOL Fanhouse that he hopes to see Elite XC on pay-per-view eventually, and it’s only a matter of putting on pay-per-view worthy fights. The question is, what would Elite XC consider worthy of our forty dollars? Kimbo Slice? Gina Carano? Robbie Lawler?

Maybe all of the above. To hear Lappen tell it, Elite XC is chock full of number one fighters after their most recent event:

I think Robbie Lawler established himself as one of the best if not the best 185-pound fighter in the world. Nick Diaz was great. Jake Shields is arguably the best 170-pounder in the world. He dismantled Nick Thompson in a minute. A lot of good things happened from that event, and we’re getting the fighters exposure, that’s what it’s all about.

Nothing against Lawler, who is a great fighter, but how exactly does beating Scott Smith make you the best middleweight in MMA? Seems like Elite XC has decided to keep repeating these mantas over and over again in the hopes that they will become true by the power of repetition.

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ClownBaby- July 31, 2008 at 5:09 pm
^awesome tale, almost epic, I am a good writer :) lol
Me- July 31, 2008 at 4:49 pm
Actually it wasn't Diaz who exposed Lawler.

Pete Spratt.
Leg kicks.
The end.
Eric- July 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm
Kendall Grove beating Robbie Lawler eh?
ClownBaby- July 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm
"I haven’t talked to Jared about what he’s going to be doing ten years from now but... what he’s going to be doing for the next while with us." Uh that doesn't exactly sound like job security
What???- July 31, 2008 at 4:03 pm
Dude Lawler got knocked out by Nick Diaz when they were both in the UFC...
Nick Diaz.... yea he's good but KO power? HA!
Lawler is a has been never was, who did he beat last? Oh yea Scott Smith...
who also couldnt hang in the UFC.... Lawler is not top 10 or even close to it.
Nick- July 31, 2008 at 4:03 pm
The bottom line here is that EliteXC will be out of business inside of a year. There is no way they are going to become profitable. They jsut don't have the horses. They have Jake Shields, Antonio Silva, and Gina Carano as the elite of the fighters. Kimbo is the resident freak show. Nick Diaz is the headcase that everyone loves to watch meltdown. Robbie Lawler will get exposed again just like Nick Diaz exposed him 4 years ago in the UFC when everyone thought he was the next coming of Matt Hughes. They need a deeper roster and the fighters are just not available for them. Dream is having the same issues. Their rosters are just not deep enough to sustain any business. Look at Affliction. They over paid for their roster and although it is a good one they now cannot sustain it and are asking fighters to take less money. For better or for worse, the UFC knows how to do it right and we are stuck with them.
rolltide- July 31, 2008 at 3:18 pm
KG, I'd throw Kampmann and Leben on there for good measure. Maybe Tanner 3 or 4 years ago but not how he looked against Grove.
Becks75- July 31, 2008 at 3:15 pm
"It’s like when you’re the son of a third world dictator and you get some cushy do-nothing job. When your dad is overthrown by a power-hungry general in a bloody coup, it usually means you’re on the next flight out with a briefcase full of cash or you get killed in your sleep."
Best sentence I've read all day.
And I'm a writer.
Brilliant.
Greets from Germany.
B.
B-tard- July 31, 2008 at 3:11 pm
Why the hell would anyone want to watch the same 4 fighters every ppv for elitexc. Eventually everyone is going to be sick of seeing the same people every time they have a ppv just like soon everyone's going to be sick of seeing those same 4 fighters fighting every time they have saturday night fights.
KG- July 31, 2008 at 2:58 pm
Lawler the best in the world? Huh ?

People who could DESTROY Robbie Lawler (not in any particular order, just off memory) :

1) Anderson Silva (of course)
2) Rich Franklin
3) Paulo Filho
4) Ryo Chonan
5) Dan Henderson
6) Evan Tanner (good chance)
7) Nate Marquardt
8) Mayhem Miller
9) Patrick Cote
10) Kendall Grove
11) Yushin Okami
12) Possibly Matt Lindland and Kendall Grove

Either of these guys have a high probability of murdering Lawler in the cage.... what is EliteXC smoking? Its like some acne faced dude claiming his fat girlfriend is the hottest chick in the world... because he needs to convince himself of that so he feels better
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