EliteXC Heavyweight Brett Rogers Issues An Open Letter

EliteXC heavyweight Brett Rogers has released an open letter, detailing his frustration dealing with EliteXC promoting Kimbo Slice as a legitimate MMA contender. The letter released on Rogers website has currently been taken down.

An Open letter to all

On behalf of Brett Rogers, Team Bison and everyone representing our camp: we would like to clarify a few issues that may be mis- interrupted by the press and the many many message boards.

First we would like to start out by once again thanking Gary Shaw and Elite XC. Elite is our home and it is where we hope to be for a long time. They treat their fighters great. More then the day to day treatment of the fighters they are interested in developing fighters and making long term commitments to their fighters. Unlike other promotions who have a tradition of “one and done” and cancelling contracts without notice; Elite is standing by their fighters. We are proud to be with the organization that brought back Yves, Sammy and Phil when others wrote them off. We were proud to be part of an organization that gave James Thompson a chance at redemption (and in our mind earned another chance on Saturday!). Elite gave us an amazing opportunity to bring aboard great sponsors who could really get their money’s worth. [Read more...]

Video: EliteXC “Primetime” on CBS Press Day

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EliteXC President Gary Shaw Responds to Dana White’s Comments

During a EliteXC: Primetime press conference call, EliteXC President responds to statements made by UFC Dana White to the Long Beach Press.

White’s Statements:

“You know what would happen if he fought in the UFC?….I’d put him in against B.J. Penn, and (Slice) would get annihilated. The guy he is fighting, James Thompson, might get knocked out before he gets into the cage. Kimbo has no credibility at all in MMA. … I am telling you, B.J. Penn would beat him.”

Here is Gary Shaw’s response:

Dana White is a jerkoff….That’s what Dana White is — a [expletive] idiot — and you can quote me on that. If he cared about mixed martial arts and the sport instead of caring about his big ass swimming pool and his own personal gains, he’d understand that statements like that make someone a jerk. First of all, I love B.J. Penn, and he is a friend of mine. Kimbo Slice, with one shot, would knock B.J. Penn out. But they are never going to fight. It is an idiotic statement from a complete idiot.”

“If he wasn’t an idiot, May 31 would have been the UFC instead of EliteXC….I rest my case.”

“We’re not embarrassed about our numbers…..We’re losing money. We’ll probably lose more money. But that’s what start-ups do. There are very few companies that start from day one and make money. It’s about staying power. The UFC lost over $35 million before they [got a] push. We know we have the product. We know we have the fighters.”