Carlos Arias of The OC Register was able to get Gary Shaw to talk a little bit about his thoughts on the fall of EliteXC. He steers clear of any specifics due to “pending litigation” but he does say he’s “not ashamed” of what he did during his time at ProElite. Shaw also talks about the fighters, specifically Gina Carano and Kimbo Slice, and like any good father would, he defends his son, $kala, from all the (warranted) attacks he’s received in the media.
As for the fighters who Shaw feels bad for, here’s Scott Smith’s perspective on the whole situation.
“I’ve been in camp for over eight weeks and I’ve been pushing myself hard. It’s one thing if [it happens] two months out from a fight, but two weeks? It’s devastating. Even if I lost, worst case scenario, (including sponsorship money) I would still be out close to $40,000. Until all the paperwork and everything is done I’m not going to be cleared to fight somewhere else before the end of the year. It’s close to the holidays, I got a mortgage to pay, I’ve got two kids, it’s tough.”
Yeah, Gary, do you feel bad enough to help the fighters and employees who you helped put in this situation? I’m sure you’re not hurting right now.