By Zach Arnold | August 16, 2011
“Thank you, Dana White. You made a huge mistake and you once again made Jared Shaw smart.” — Jared Shaw interview with FightHubTV.com
A couple of interesting events are happening soon, one being Pro Elite’s relaunch in Hawaii at the end of the month. To which Jared Shaw, son of Gary Shaw and former boss of Pro Elite, says the following:
“I think they’re a joke. I think my father called it right. I think T. Jay Thompson has too much dye in his hair. He forgot that he used to run around stripping for men and I think if he’s got anything else to say about the way the Shaws ran it, he can come say it to my face. Seriously, T. Jay. *blows kiss*”
With news of UFC reportedly landing a deal with the Fox TV family, a lot of people are saying a lot of things. Bellator isn’t saying anything right now, but you have to think that they are thrilled at the possibility of receiving a lifeline from Spike TV should UFC vacate the network. If Bellator is willing to cede some creative control to Spike, we could very well see a true & solid second-tier promotion in MMA to develop new stars. That would be an excellent development. What would not be an excellent development is if Bjorn Rebney goes into TNA mode and decides to stick to his tournament format rigidly, business be damned.
Another person who has plenty to say is Jared ‘$kala’ Shaw, the son of Gary Shaw. Jared is busy promoting Kimbo Slice, who won a boxing match in Oklahoma last Saturday night in 17 seconds. Remarkably, ESPN ran the result on their news ticker that same night and treated it as a serious story. On Monday, clips from Youtube of Kimbo’s win were shown on both ESPN & ESPN2. In other words, there are people in the media who are taking Kimbo’s attempted run in boxing seriously.
“What I thought is exactly what I told people we’d deliver, which is an injection into the boxing scene — steroid-free syrum. Kimbo Slice has hands, that’s just the natural cause. The last three years, it’s a mirage. You think because he wasn’t winning in MMA or wasn’t knocking people out (that) he wasn’t born and bred for thsi sport, you’d be crazy. If you really know both sports then you in Mixed Martial Arts, you have a much more squared-up stance. There’s takedowns, there’s kicks, he’s got a lot of things to look for. Now he’s just looking at two hands in a straight box and as he showed you (Saturday) night, he’s a human highlight reel. So whether you like Kimbo Slice, Jared Shaw, Gary Shaw or not, it doesn’t really matter because now you’re going to watch. Kimbo Slice is here to make a statement and as he just told me, he’s got a plan. He ain’t here to be a sideshow. He’s here to knock people out, take names, and build properly towards hopefully a Heavyweight championship run.”
And as for why everyone is stupid and should start marking out…
“As Kimbo stated, when we were in Mixed Martial Arts he was looking for a lot of different things, so he was unable to commit to just a punch for the fear that he knew his ground game was, you know, suspect anyways and he didn’t want to get easily taken down. he doesn’t have to look for that any more. So, with every day comes more learning in this game and with fights comes even more of a learning curve and he’s going to learn to get under those punches and he’s a very, very scary out for any heavyweight, I don’t care what size and what weight, what age, what color, creed, especially what their record is, it doesn’t matter because the fact is this guy has killer instinct. I don’t see that in David Haye, I don’t see that in Wladimir Klitschko. I’m not saying that Kimbo’s better than them, so please don’t take my words out of context. I’m saying I don’t see killer instinct. You can love Mike Tyson because he knocked people out. You better love Kimbo Slice.”
I breathlessly await the prospects of a transformative fight like Kimbo vs. David Haye or Kimbo vs. James Toney for an alphabet soup title.