Gary Shaw Contradicts EliteXC, “We’re looking for a stand-up fight”


EliteXC consultant Gary Shaw adds some more fuel to the EliteXC fight fixing fire, contradicting EliteXC’s Head Of Operations Jeremy Lappan and his own son Jared “$kala” Shaw in a recent interview with the LA Times.

Elite XC consultant Gary Shaw said he wouldn’t hesitate to “go to a fighter and say, ‘We’re looking for a stand-up fight.’ You’re not asking him to throw a fight. You’re talking about a fan-friendly fight, not about protecting Kimbo.”

Shaw said he has urged MMA fighters in the past to maximize the action, to avoid an abundance of yawn-inspiring wrestling.

“Do I think that’s unethical? No,” Shaw said. “Because in MMA, you get bonus money for a knockout. I don’t see it as unethical . . . asking him to be TV and fan friendly.”


  1. jbraytown

    October 9, 2008 at 4:32 am

    what an idiot!!

  2. Thomas

    October 9, 2008 at 5:02 am

    This whole debate would be a lot more interesting if Elite XC's darling had in fact won.

  3. tj

    October 9, 2008 at 5:08 am

    He is right about the fan friendly thing. More people will watch a stand up fight than a ground battle. Just think about it Stephan Bonnar and Forrst Griffin basically made the sport the Moneymaker it is today. Sure it was big back then but after that fght and eason of the first TUF it has been nothing but great for the UFC. Geting bigger and bigger and has gained a lot of fans because of the stand up war and no ground war could have ever done that. But I know that ground is part of the sport and if u can use then go for it.

  4. Business Owner

    October 9, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Are you kidding? Every time I bring in a new fan I show them some of the best ground matches and that's what sells them on the sport. The technique and the chess like intelligence it takes to win on the ground is what sells my friends and family. 80% of MMA stand-up is embarrassing to watch, it's at an amateur level still. When everyone has the ability to stand with Anderson Silva, and survive, or at least stand with BJ, then I will be interested in the stand-up of MMA.

  5. Andre

    October 9, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Gary Shaw must have something wrong with his brain , how could he even make a statement like that. this guy should just keep his mouth shut and stick to what he knows boxing , comments like this are hurting the sport.

  6. Ryan S

    October 9, 2008 at 8:19 am

    His statement pretty much says it all. You know, what kind of fans are they aiming to have if they don't want to show much (if any) ground fighting?

  7. Alex

    October 9, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Maybe Elite only rewards KO's but don't say MMA. MMA is about the ground as much as standing. You know I don't think these guys even care about the sport. In their mind it's probably a spectacle so thats how they approach their shows.

  8. Oswald Gobblecock

    October 9, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    EliteXC's just tryin to save their asses. They wanted to help Kimbo out. If they can't understand that ground fighting can be just as exciting then they should have started the company!

  9. Alex

    October 9, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    They need to train or something. They probably don't know what a rear nake choke is. If you start a business in something at least know it and appreciate it.

  10. nick

    October 10, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Kimbo slice sucks. He is a joke, he could never make it in a real organization. He has not fought anyone. Look at Tank Abbot, he looks like he is pregnant.

  11. Rhys Wilkins

    October 24, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    fuck gary shaw.

    if he actually wud have the nerve to go to a jiu jitsu guy and say “dont go to the ground, stand up” thats fucking illegal. what a stupid prick.

    stay in boxing gary shaw, please for the love of god.
    dont ever try and fuck with mma ever again.

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