Gary Shaw’s time in MMA may have come and gone with the demise of EliteXC under his direction. But, the long-time boxing promoter still has plenty of stories to tell.
One of those tales involves Fedor Emelianenko, who Shaw had hoped to sign to his promotion. According to Shaw, dealing with the demands of M-1 Global was too much to handle.
“Maybe if Fedor had the right management from the beginning, he would have been a huge star here in the U.S.,” said Shaw, in an interview with FightHubTV.com recently. “Instead (his success) was short lived.”
Shaw compared the fall of Fedor to that of boxing icon Mike Tyson, who saw his appeal drop after defeats to Buster Douglas and Evander Holyfield.
The demands M-1 asked for in return for Fedor to sign with Shaw and EliteXC involved co-promotion and the use of Russian fighters on cards broadcast in the U.S.
“I knew he was also moving up in age,” said Shaw, in regards to not accepting M-1’s contract clauses. “It doesn’t shock me that he lost, I thought someone like Brett Rogers would beat him.”
As for EliteXC’s recent return to active competition, Shaw had little to say.
“No say, no take. People running it are losers,” Shaw said.