Shaw’s Role At EliteXC Redefined

Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw is still involved with EliteXC – but in a different capacity; according to Steve Sievert of MMAjunkie.com, Shaw’s role with the MMA promotion will be reduced – more behind the scenes than in the past.  According to ProElite Executive Chairman Doug Deluca during a conference call with reporters to promote EliteXC’s show on July 26 on CBS, he stated regarding Shaw’s status, “Gary is still very involved with ProElite.  Gary and our team from Day One at ProElite basically took MMA at our company from ground zero to a huge network success.  So, Gary’s got a lot to be proud of in the MMA world. In the process of doing it, as you can imagine, Gary being from the East Coast and we being a West Coast company, took a lot of time from Gary.  He was traveling nonstop.  It took a toll on his boxing business, which is very successful, and it took a toll on his family.  To some degree, it took a toll on his health.” 

“We collectively made the decision that Gary was going to back off a little bit, kind of take a little bit of a relaxed role as far as being involved front and center, which is a good thing for all those three things, for his health, for his boxing business, and for his family.  But Gary is still very much involved, and I still talk to him almost every day.  He’s still there.  Gary’s interest still lies in EliteXC and ProElite, making it a top organization in the world.  That’s the status with Gary.”

If you take that literally, then one can assume that Shaw simply has a reduced yet no less important of a role with EliteXC; yet at the same time, could it possible that ProElite is slowly showing Shaw and his son Jared the door?  Again, it is too early to speculate, but I’m sure that CBS will have something to say about Shaw’s future with the company; only time will tell at this juncture.  But one thing is certain – Gary Shaw is no longer the face of EliteXC.

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