Jared Shaw has responded to comments Mark Dion made yesterday regarding the KJ Noons/Nick Diaz rematch and the deadline that EliteXC imposed upon them. As you might suspect, Shaw had strong words for Mark Dion.
“[Negotiating] is the manager’s fiduciary responsibility for the fighter. But it’s also the manager’s responsibility to get his fighter to take the right fights that lead him to financial gains, and it’s up to the manager to make sure that he has the fighter understand how EliteXC feels about him. Otherwise the manager is painting whatever picture he wants to paint. And in this case, this manager — his 15 minutes of fame is costing his client his career.”
“I don’t really have to say much because Mark Dion said pretty much everything for me. In fact I wish just saying ‘hi’ … would make Mark Dion have his press conference. I will be the first one there in the first row because I need a good laugh. There’s not many good sit-coms on anymore, and I need a good half-hour laugh.”
The point everyone is harping on is how asinine it is for Dion to give up this much exposure for his client. Shaw addressed that as well.
“So according to Mark, the opportunity to be on CBS doesn’t help him, does it? Then Mark needs to tell that to the winners of ‘American Idol’ or ‘Survivor.’ Or even the losers of those shows who have all blasted into the stratosphere.
“He needs to say that to any competitor or athlete who has had an opportunity to be showcased on national television. You think Michael Phelps would be on Sports Illustrated, on Wheaties boxes, would be the No. 1 Google search? You think that would happen if he didn’t have the platform of network television to be showcased on? He would just be another swimmer winning awards.”
The way things are looking at ProElite this could easily be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for KJ Noons. If he were to put on a good performance on network television, even if he lost, he would find himself in a better position than 95% of all other mixed martial artists. It could make his career. You can’t buy that kind of opportunity, and quite honestly, he would be better off doing it for free than not doing it at all.
Refusing to take the fight isn’t coming without consequences though. Shaw stated in a previous report that they could extend the length of Noons’ contract if he didn’t respond by the deadline. It appears EliteXC is following through on their word.
“We have already sent a letter. It doesn’t extend for fights. It just extends for time. With that and time off for injury following the first Nick Diaz fight, pull up that chair if you’re not willing to fight.”
As you may have noticed from my previous post, Dion’s comments that really set me off were the ones about Eddie Alvarez. It truly shows the man has no class or professionalism. Shaw didn’t let that slip by unnoticed either.
“I think Mark Dion owes an apology to Eddie Alvarez. I think he owes an apology to every human being out there at this point.
“You want to say Eddie Alvarez is the No. 1 contender? Fine. Do I think Eddie Alvarez is a great fighter? One-hundred percent. Do I think he’s worthy of a title challenge? One-hundred percent. Does he make great fights? One-hundred percent.
“Unfortunately Eddie is not available at this time due to recovering from an injury and also due to the fact that he is getting married, and he is going on a honeymoon. Sorry, Mark Dion. It doesn’t take five to 10 minutes. It takes five to 10 days. And sometimes it takes longer than that.
“It’s marital bliss, and the guy deserves that. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And your selfish ass is not going to get in the way of that.”
Despite everything that’s been said, Shaw doesn’t believe Noons is at fault for this whole situation. He lays all the blame squarely on Dion’s shoulders for mismanaging his client.
It’s hard to imagine Noons hasn’t been in contact with Dion throughout the whole ordeal though. Dion hasn’t allowed EliteXC to have any direct contact with Noons, which raises all kinds of questions due to allegations Brandon Vera made against Dion of not communicating contract offers the UFC was making to him, but that doesn’t sound like the case here. Noons echoed Dion’s statements to MMANews.com that they would hold a press conference and the truth will come out. It certainly seems like Noons and Dion are on the same page.
I just hope the “truth” has nothing to do with money. As Dana White likes to say about Tito, “He’s stepping over a dollar to pick up a dime.”