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Gary Shaw and Doug DeLuca resign from ProElite

ProElite, Inc., the parent company of Elite Xtreme Combat, declared via a filing with the Securities Exchange Committee that both Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Doug DeLuca and EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw have resigned from the company.

According to the filing, restated service contracts were agreed upon with DeLuca and Shaw on July 23.

Both Shaw and DeLuca will continue to work with ProElite as consultants. Shaw’s Gary Shaw Promotions has signed a consulting agreement with ProElite through September 30, 2009. DeLuca’s consulting services will be made available through his company “Legacy of Life Entertainment.”

Both Shaw and DeLuca had been with the company since its inception in 2006. Shaw’s public role had been reduced following EliteXC’s first telecast on CBS on May 31 while DeLuca stepped down as the company’s Chief Executive Officer last February and was replaced by former YouBet Chairman Charles Champion.

After stepping down as CEO, DeLuca remained with the company on a full-time basis as Chief Strategy Officer and Chairman of the company’s board. At the time, the move was termed as a “promotion.” DeLuca will be replaced on the board as Chariman by Champion.

Joining Shaw and DeLuca as leaving the company’s Board of Directors are David Marshall and Kurt Brendlinger. Their vacancies on the board will be filled by Edward C. Hannah, Edward Corey, and Robert E. Brierley.

16 COMMENTS
  • Matt says:

    This has been coming for months.

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  • cabj1905 says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! oh fuck yes!!! FINALLY!!!!! …. oh man! EXC may not be dying in a few weeks after all. These are the best news for MMA in 2008 so far (though it would have been funnier if Shaw had just died, but good enough). Now, with a respectable man leading the way for EXC, we can only hope that kimblow gets his ass fired. This is one huge step for the betterment of the sport. I look forward to EXC finally presenting more decent cards on TV.
    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Grary Shaw got demoted hahahahahahaha

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  • Rich S. says:

    you know, i think this is actually funnier than him just dying [which, for saying that, you [cabj1905] are kinda sick in the head, but, oh well]

    because, it’s kind of like he realized he was a failure.. :)

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  • […] FiveOuncesofPain.com first reported the resignations, and stated that both Shaw and DeLuca will continue to work with ProElite as consultants. […]

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  • Cobra Kai says:

    #2 – Wow. Did Gary Shaw bang your girlfriend while sitting on your pillow? You my friend need to take a deep breathe and repeat this, “Gary Shaw is not the devil”. :)

    Anyway, EliteXC’s future is looking better all the time.

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  • Bryan says:

    I agree with Rich S. This has to be embarassing for Gary Shaw to step down after such a colossal failure (pardon the Thompson pun). I’m a little bit upset that his sniveling little turd of a son isn’t gone yet, but hey Rome wasn’t built in a day right?

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  • Michaelthebox says:

    I’d say this is the beginning of the end for ProElite, driven by the CBS guys.

    I hate Gary Shaw with a passion, but the guy knows promotion. CBS is gonna drive the organization into the ground.

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  • Joseph says:

    “I hate Gary Shaw with a passion, but the guy knows promotion. CBS is gonna drive the organization into the ground.”

    Or they can make it legit, take it over, and make it huge.
    They will be advertising during their Survivor and other hot shows, as well as the football season, so we will see. More people should be exposed to EliteXC very soon.

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  • Andrew says:

    What about Jared Shaw? Is he still going to be a part of EliteXC or is he going to go back to N’Sync? Or is it Backstreet Boys?

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  • Vern says:

    The new commish of EliteXC? You guessed it, Don “The Dragon” Wilson.

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  • JoHn says:

    all i can say is hahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  • Todd H says:

    Be careful what you wish for Elite XC haters. As much as people hated track suit wearing Gary Shaw, what some of you need to realize is that he is a promote and he knows how promote. Godd or bad the man knows promotion.

    Unlike some posters I do not sit aty home wishing and organizatons go belly up. fewer organization mean fewer opportunities for fighters.

    This could be either good or bad for Pro Elite. I’ll wait and see.

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  • Evan says:

    “and he knows how promote.”

    no, no he doesn’t. Everyone despised the way he handled that last card.

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  • Echolocating says:

    When the head honchos of large companies are fired, it’s called “resigning.”

    It’s easier (less likely to go to court) to encourage them (basically give them no choice in the matter) to step down and pay them money for consulting (keeping their fat mouths shut and staying out of the way) than to actually fire someone for incompetence.

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  • Kelvin says:

    EliteXC is done…

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  • FYI says:

    ^^ Kelvin in that one you might be completely wrong. Not sure about Shaw, but DeLuca is actually staying as a consultant and was part of making the decision. I’ve heard that he’s actually in a special committee now. DeLuca appears to be the main person in negotiations with CBS and Showtime and actually, as i understand it, he brought ProElite to the table and was the driving force. However, he also had other work obligations. Only time will tell, and in the mean time mma forum going fans will continue gossipping w/o knowing the real truth.

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