GARY SHAW CRITIQUES UFC HARSHLY…DANA WHITE FIRES BACK
2008 is here and so are the dozens of “what will happen with UFC in 08 stories.” The worst of which was the one by MMA newbie Ryan Hockensmith of ESPN.com.
We wanted to take a different angle with our 2008 UFC preview story on FoxSports.com.
Will the UFC snuff out all competition? And is there a real competitor on the horizon?
Gary Shaw of Elite XC thinks his company will be Dana White’s foil this year. As far-fetched as it may seem, Shaw said his company is Pepsi and UFC is Coke.
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White responded via Kevin Iole’s blog on Yahoo. He qualified much of what Gary said as a total joke.
White fired back at Shaw Friday in a conversation with Yahoo! Sports, portraying Shaw as a money grubber who only began promoting MMA when he was failing at boxing.
White said the UFC did better in 2007 than it did in 2006, contrary to Shaw’s assertions, and said Elite XC is no threat to the UFC.
“Gary Shaw is (an expletive) loser,” White said. “We beat our pay-per-view numbers from last year. Do you hear that? We beat our pay-per-view numbers from last year. We just don’t brag about it because we don’t talk about our business in the public.
“And if we were getting competition, it’s not coming from Elite XC and both of the people who are watching their shows. This guy is a low-level bottom feeder. He didn’t like MMA a few years ago, but when he finally couldn’t make money at boxing any more, he came over to this sport to try to leech money out of it.”
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