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CBS thinks they know what they’re doing

MMA Payout is reporting that Gary Shaw might be on the edge of being pushed out of ProElite:

Speculation within the MMA industry suggests that Gary Shaw’s days at ProElite may be numbered. Rumors suggest that Shaw may be out by the end of the summer, possibly soon after the July 26 CBS event. Multiple sources have told that the expected move is another example of CBS’s growing influence on the company. Santa Monica Capital Partners, the largest shareholder in the company, is also believed to have taken a more active role in the company of late.

There’s good things and bad things about this situation. I’ve never liked or trusted Shaw … he’s always seemed like a snake to me. But he has led EliteXC into the #2 spot in North American MMA. While a lot of the sleazy choices and actions of the promotion bother me, I have to wonder if CBS is going to steward the company better than Shaw. At least Shaw has a promotional background and knows what the fuck he’s doing. The only thing we’ve seen CBS do is force EliteXC to shotgun a second show in July that is looking like a potential dud.

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    It’s all fun and games until they oust Gary Shaw and install $kalla as head of EliteXC

  • tertio

    I dunno. I like ELiteXC so i guess i have to like what Shaw did with the company so far. Its like Burger King. You know its bad for you, its cheap, greasy, looks like shit and full of shady ingredients…. but it tastes fucking good.

  • D. Capitated

    Great success for any promotion that was going to run HBO or Showtime (and CBS, as it turned out) was going to end the same way for those promotions as it does boxing. They want the fighters for themselves.

  • Dr. Gonzo

    How can you not trust that face?

  • Dr. Gonzo

    Everything about orgs that blow has to do with the presentation of the show. They try to add a bunch of bells and whistles to something that doesn’t need it. All we need to see is fights and maybe a little intro about the fighters. We do not need the following in MMA shows:
    1) Strippers dancing
    2) Horrible announcers w/ no experience in the sport
    3) Hair bands or bands in general
    4) Idiotic DJs
    If you guys can think of anything else let me know. I watch Wednesday night fights and Friday night fights every week and they do not try to intoxicate you with bullshit. Its just fights. Not a circus enviorment, just fights. If CBS can pull this off I might be inclined to tune in…

  • Steve

    “Everything about orgs that blow has to do with the presentation of the show”

    Not everything.

    1. Booking a ‘Youtube sensation’ as their main event rather than talented fighters like Lawler & Shields.

    2. Rigging fights for aforementioned internet sensation.

    3. Discarding unified weight classes in order to provide an advantage for the promoter’s pet fighters.

    4. Allowing aforementioned pet fighters to repeatedly miss weight by unheard of amounts without so much as a reprimand.

    5. Encouraging a known hothead to get in the cage and challenge the champion immediately after a an emotional win, and then claiming innocence when a brawl breaks out.

  • kel

    Ditch Jared..Keep Gary (on a leash)!

  • threenutsinabag

    Goldberg vs Lesnar and Kimbo triple threat match pls.

  • godzillad

    the only reason Shaw got EXC to be #2 was because they didn’t go out of business after one show like everyone else.

  • Lifer

    lets just pray they dont drop the coordinated track suits.

  • Esther Lin

    It’s a skill not to go out of business, godzillad. I’m not saying I love the promotion but “not going out of business” isn’t something that’s easy.

    And Steve, “2. Rigging fights for aforementioned internet sensation.”

    I have spoken to MANY promoters. The cost of being found out for rigging a fight outweighs any bribe. Everyone thinks it’s a terrible idea, ethics aside.

    LOL lifer. We can only hope. Last show the guys wore actual suit-suits. No tear away pants for Hawaii!

  • Steve


    I respect your opinion, but that Cantrell fight was fishy as hell. An uppercut to the armpit, an elbow to the ear, and Cantrell is tapping before he even hits the ground.

    Also, if you don’t believe some promoters fix fights then you are being naive. Shannon Ritch has made a career out of taking dives, Tony Bonello has made a career out of paying guys to take dives, and even a legend of the sport like Dan Severn has sullied his name in recent years by by returning to his pro wrasslin’ roots and agreeing to predetermined results. Heck, Guy Mezger has basically flat-out stated that he ended up in Pride’s doghouse because he wouldn’t take a dive here and there.

    Fixing happens in every sport where there is major money involved. To believe that a sport that is, in part, an offshoot of pro wrestling is immune to such temptations is ludicrous.

  • TKO Todd

    Dana White doesn’t look so stupid now does he? I’m sure CBS wanted the stock options for them too.

  • Esther Lin

    I’m saying in particular for this promotion, I happen to know the risks outweigh the benefits. I’m not being naive, I’m being practical.

    Cantrell didn’t take a dive anyhow, it was the end of a ridiculous day and his shameful method of not getting hurt in a match he shouldn’t have taken, or been tapped to fight. I’m saying sure, he was mismatched, but fights aren’t literally rigged, they’re planned and promoters in this case, simply hope for their result. If he’d been paid to lose, it was a shitty, boring loss that the promoters disliked. And it came after a lot of other shit that day, that many people don’t know about so I’ll just keep my mouth shut.

    Todd, no kidding. I’m sure the UFC was not willing to let go of any control just to get onto network.