EliteXC Primetime Post-Fight Press Conference


Imagine a motley crue of happy, winning fighters mixed with bruised and battered, losing fighters…then throw in some blood thirsty reporters. Let’s just say that Gary Shaw was smart in letting all the fighters say their peace first and let us ask questions later. I won’t get into all the boring details of the press conference, but here were some highlights:

James Thompson stopped in before he went to the hospital (he was having trouble breathing) — he seemed so humble. Very classy guy.
Brett Rogers made a seemingly innocent comment about Kimbo’s fighting ability (of course, Kimbo was not yet in the room).
Kimbo came in as Gina Carano was speaking. Suddenly no one cared what she was saying anymore.

And then the s**t hits the fan. Once the press is allowed to start asking questions, people go for the jugular. Someone pretty much tells Kimbo what Rogers said…and that’s when there’s suddenly a swarm on the stage. Lawler is holding Kimbo back. Baroni is holding Rogers back. Both their corners are trash talking. I even get my foot stepped on by someone scrambling to get up there. But finally things are calmed down and the press can start firing away again. A few minutes go by of harmless questions. Then, hands shaking and heart racing, I decided to be brave. I ask Robbie Lawler if he’s disappointed that his fight wasn’t the main event despite being a championship fight. Robbie laughs and jokes that it doesn’t matter to him because he’d get paid the same either way. I’m relieved…until Shaw grabs the mike and looks at me. He tells me that that was an aggressive question, and that ALL the fights were equal, they were ALL main events. Yeah, yeah whatever. And I bet he doesn’t play favorites with his kids either.


  1. Scooby Doo

    June 3, 2008 at 2:51 am

    That's the kind of press conf. i want to hear about not Dana white bousting about himself and his org.. I want RAW Emotionszzs fighters talking not pres. of company. oOOOhh YYeeaahh!!!!!! What a Rrusshh!!! (Road Warriors ,shit)LOL.

  2. derek

    June 3, 2008 at 4:00 am

    AdrainTapia, awesome reporting. how did you manage to procure passes to the press conference and ringside seats?? and what part of nj are u from? i'm from central nj.

  3. CagE

    June 3, 2008 at 4:12 am

    Media Credentials my friend….CageTodays writer Nichole is from NJ, so it just made sense for her to attend and get that great coverage.

    Unlike the UFC, other organization's still let blogs and non-mainstream news sites cover their events.

  4. Jordan Katz

    June 3, 2008 at 5:05 am

    Great coverage Nichole. I love how you asked a controversial question that incensed a reaction from the PRESIDENT GARY SHAW!! Exactly what good journalists are supposed to do. Great story.

  5. Kash

    June 3, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Great journalist there. Nichole I hate all of the questions that are just fluff. No real MMA fans care about all of that. You went for it and even though Lawler can't speak his mind, it shows that the Pres. had a little to hide there.

    By the way I saw the video for the Kimbo and Rogers altercation. After it was done Shaw and Kimbo were up there talking with their arms one each others shoulders. How says there are not favorites huh Shaw?

  6. Nichole Lesniak

    June 3, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for all the compliments guys. I was thinking the same thing about everyone else's questions. Who that Phil Baroni still wants a paycheck, or that Gary Shaw loves CBS and Showtime?!?

    My husband actually thought I was nuts for asking….but I just had to! I really felt like Lawler got dissed by the whole evening.

    And btw Derek – I'm also from central NJ :)

  7. kom34

    June 3, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    hey nichole. i would love to see the response from shaw from that question…priceless.

  8. Nichole Lesniak

    June 3, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    kom34 – it was funny, he seemed pretty pissed – called it an "aggravated question". If you can find a video of the full press conference, it comes up shortly after the kimbo/rogers argument.

  9. tom

    June 3, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    they stopped the fight early

  10. kom34

    June 4, 2008 at 9:17 am

    nice. i'll check out the press conference. they probably have it on the elite site.

  11. kom34

    June 5, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    the video i saw had your question and then robbie starting to answer. after that it cut to the next scene. nice job because they cut our shaws reaction from the video i saw. i dont know if lawler is cocky or hates shaw but he didnt seem interested in anything shaw was saying.

  12. Nichole Lesniak

    June 6, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    kom, I think that says a lot that they cut shaw's reaction – shows a lot about what ppl think of shaw lol

    lawler didn't seem too cocky to me, he just didn't seem to care. like he said, he'd get paid the same either way. he prolly also realizes what a d-bag shaw is.

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