EliteXC’s V.P. says Silva vs. Kharitonov is “not happening”; clarifies other reports

EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw contacted FiveOuncesOfPain.com to correct several stories that have appeared on this site that have been attributed to other sources.

In response to a story that appeared on FightLine.com that claimed a fight between Kimbo Slice and Brett Rogers had been “confirmed for October,” Shaw said he was mis-quoted in the piece. He clarified his position by stating that “A fight could possibly take place between Kimbo and Rogers within the next 12 months” but added that nothing has been made official. Shaw believes that the two are destined to fight but that it’s not expected to happen until scheduling and the proper platform can be worked out.

Shaw also responded to a Sherdog.com report that claimed Antonio Silva had agreed verbally to fight Sergei Kharitonov for the vacant EliteXC heavyweight title during the SHOWTIME portion of the next installment of “Saturday Night Fights” on July 26 in Stockton, Calif. He issued a clear denial, saying “That fight is 100 percent not happening.”

When asked about whether an opponent was in place for Silva, Shaw indicated that one has been selected that is worthy of fighting for a title but that a deal was in the process of being finalized.

Shaw also indicated that an announced fight between Nick Diaz and Thomas Denny is considered likely to air on CBS on July 26, but that thus far, the only two bouts are guaranteed to be broadcast during the network television portion of the card. Those two fights include a rematch for the EliteXC middleweight title between Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith as well as a bout featuring Jake Shields and Nick Thompson competing for the vacant EliteXC welterweight title.

While speaking with Shaw, he expressed why he felt a need to correct some of the existing reports that he felt are erroneous.

“People like to make comments all the time, speak in anonymity, or sometimes run with stories without actually speaking to the parties involved,” Shaw stated. “Over the past three days I have read too many erroneous reports, from the demise of Gary Shaw, to CBS pushing us into making matches, to matches that aren’t event happening. It’s great to have your name out in the public; branding is branding, but the fact remains if it hasn’t come form one of the horse’s mouths, then it can only be taken as a rumor. Those horses are Doug DeLuca, Gary Shaw, Jeremy Lappen, and myself.”

Since this site has referenced reports from other sites that Shaw is being phased down, we felt it was only fair to give Shaw a chance to address specific reports that his father’s role in the company had been downgraded.

“EliteXC is a team with core values,” he responded. “Nothing will or has changed. Gary will not be in the public eye as much, because he has other endeavors blossoming, and wants to spend more time with family (mainly grandchildren and his wife). I’m not gonna lie to you; the Tim Russert episode really struck a chord with Gary. He has an extensive travel schedule and is a workaholic much the way Tim was… And (the) truth is he’s getting up there in age.

“So Gary is at a point now where he just can’t keep up the constant back and forth to California from his home (in New Jersey). And so he’s just taking a step back in his life, not in the company (and) not being pushed. Just taking some time to be healthy and enjoy everything he’s built from the ground up. The creator rarely gets to smile at his artwork because he’s so busy making more.

“I’m here; I’m talking to you now, I’m saying the Shaws are not going anywhere. EliteXC is not going anywhere. CBS is not trying to control our way of promoting. We will see everyone on July 26th with another great card from EliteXC, SHOWTIME, and CBS. Last but not least I just want to put these names out in the public: Jaydee Penn, Rich Chou, J.T. Steele, Eric Naranjo: that’s the team along with, Doug, Jeremy, and myself. That’s EliteXC; they all deserve credit. We work as one (and) nothing is changing.

24 COMMENTS
  • Jeff L says:

    That sucks, Thanks for clarifying. The Shaws are suspect all the way around. We will see who he delivers that is worthy. No way is it better thab Kharitonov, that would have been AWESOME.

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  • woooburn says:

    still would like someone to ask him about the infamous “stand them up!” remarks.

    while i dont necessarily agree with some of the decisions the shaws have made as an organization, i do respect gary’s decision to take a step back. hell, i’m only 29, and i feel like i’m not focusing enough on the important things. good for him. and i like jared’s willingness to speak to them media to clear the air. should avoid alot of confusion and speculation, if he continues to do it. just seems odd to me that he refers to has father as simply “gary”, but i guess that’s business.

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  • HexRei says:

    Anyone see Guillard’s fight from RITC (besides Cobra who linked it to me)? If you thought Jared yelling stand them up from the side was shady, the ANNOUNCER was yelling at the promoter to stand them up and inciting the crowd against the ref who actually started standing them up LESS quickly once the announcer opened his stupid mouth.

    It’s shady for a promoter to be giving suggestions to the ref but the fact is that the refs are employees of the state and should know better than to listen to anyone else when it’s their judgement call to make.

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  • Thanks Sherdog, make me look like an ass. Much appreciated. I might need to add them to the “ask Caplan if they’re a reputable source before posting something” list.

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  • William W. says:

    This really begs a question that no one has asked – why is MMA journalism in such a sorry state? Can you imagine if any other sport had journalists who act like MMA guys do with their “post first, investigate later” methods? In the last year we have see so many false, inaccurate and downright foolish stories from “respected” MMA news sites.

    I actually like this site the best because they actually bother to investigate and get to the source of things (like this; or when Caplan interviewed refs and doctors from EliteXC’s Jersey show). But what does it say about industry when the considered top site (Sherdog) is publishing completely false stories? And Sherdog is involved with Yahoo? Ouch!

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  • ultmma says:

    #3 i think your blowing the melvin fight out of proportion. The annoucer was making wise cracks the whole fight. Its a local show

    and

    if a ref working the state can’t hold up from a few wsie cracks than man up ref. man up.

    #4 lol hehe sherdog

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  • ultmma says:

    sherdog is actually involved with espn…mma weekly and junkie are with yahoo

    and Kevin Iole works for the UF….j/k

    :)

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  • Caplan really does check up on tons of stories and spends most of his day on the phone. He takes no small story for granted.

    We don’t post a small story without confirmation.

    I just assume Sherdog and mmaweekly are good to go. Apparently not.

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  • Nick says:

    And Sherdog STILL hasn’t taken down the story. unbelievable.

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  • DPK says:

    I think Shaw is so upset, because they don’t have anyone as good as Kharitonov to put into the match, and it will be a let down when it is announced.

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  • Banter says:

    No offensive to 5oz, its not their fault, but as a die hard mma fan I can say that mma media is getting worse by the day. Why should we waste time on sites anymore?

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  • [...] 6/26/08 10:35PM ET] – EliteXC matchmaker Jared Shaw tells Five Oz. that this fight is “100 percent not happening.” Shaw also responded to a Sherdog.com [...]

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  • Paul Balsom says:

    I don’t know if anybody here noticed… the first line of that article says, “Kharitoniv COULD be the one…”

    I never knew the word “could” to meet anything definite. Let’s not get our little MMA elitist panties in a bundle.

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  • Paul Balsom says:

    Also, I wouldn’t believe ANYTHING a promoter says until the event happens. Ever.

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  • Davey D says:

    Well, this kinda suck’s. It least there is a chance Sergei Kharitonov might end up in the UFC. Maybe not but it’s worth hoping for.

    Watch Minotauro Nogueira vs. Kharitonov from Final Conflict 2004. It was an all out WAR. Seeing them fight again in the UFC would be awesome. I hope someone from the UFC is reading this or would mention it to them. Sergei deserves to be there. Imagine if he was on the 7/19 card? HOLY SMOKES!!!

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  • Jye says:

    MMA media is 10x better than some of the other sports…. Football (soccer) is the worst. The sport has been ruined by money…… I hope that never happens to MMA

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  • Davey D says:

    I would also like to say best wishes to Gary Shaw. He could take a step and look at his life to see things clearly. He’s a busy man. Getting everything in order when you know you need to is a good thing. Doing it and making it happen is even better. He’s worked hard at trying to make EXC work and it has so far. Let’s see what happens next.

    Cheers!!!

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  • Jye says:

    Btw, I really don’t think Gary Shaw is good for MMA. He brings a whole lot of boxing sleeziness to EliteXC. Dancing girls and the Noons Diaz fiasco. Plus I bet he put Brett Rogers up to calling out Kimbo Slice

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  • darkmetal says:

    Hold on a minute. It seems to me that it appears that ole’ Jared Shaw said he wanted to “clarify” his remarks (amend?) and then goes on to say that Rogers MIGHT fight Kimbo in the next 12 months. Judging the Shaw mentality I think that he probably said something that he couldn’t back up, and then got a verbal lashing from Papa.

    After all, there is a very good chance that Brett Rogers will end the Kimbo gravy train;)

    Truth be told, we don’t know what Shaw has said and if he is simply retracting earlier statements he made. I would not put it past him.

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  • Kel says:

    Ditch $kala…keep Gary!

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  • 124124 says:

    wow sergei wouldve eaten that dude

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  • [...] myself. That?s EliteXC; they all deserve credit. We work as one (and) nothing is changing Source Five Ounces of Pain | EliteXC’s V.P. says Silva vs. Kharitonov is “not happening”;… __________________ PM me with any issues or problems……. U OF M Vs OSU 57 – 41 – 6 Go [...]

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  • [...] Here’s his latest announcements: In response to a story that appeared on FightLine.com that claimed a fight between Kimbo Slice and Brett Rogers had been “confirmed for October,” Shaw said he was mis-quoted in the piece. He clarified his position by stating that “A fight could possibly take place between Kimbo and Rogers within the next 12 months” but added that nothing has been made official. Shaw believes that the two are destined to fight but that it’s not expected to happen until scheduling and the proper platform can be worked out. [...]

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  • dr. satan says:

    Well to Sherdog’s credit:

    “The bout is currently pending approval from the California State Athletic Commission, according to a rep from Silva’s American Top Team.”

    It sounds like they had a source from ATT, and it wasn’t just rampant speculation.

    Perhaps the real reason why the fight isn’t happening stems from more problems with Silva getting sanctioned in Cali, again.

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