Boxing promoter and the man who got MMA on CBS prime time television when he ran EliteXC, Gary Shaw spoke out recently about the difficulty of dealing with Fedor's management company M-1 Global:â†µ
"I did try several times to get Fedor to come to EliteXC, but the numbers they were asking, there's no fighter who was worth that. I wasn't willing to meet their demands. I thought M-1 was very difficult to deal with. It wasn't only Fedor. They wanted to be the co-promoters and the managers and they wanted you to put on so many Russian fighters of theirs on every show. Nobody's worth that price. Maybe if Fedor would have had the right management from the beginning, he might have been in the UFC and been a huge star."â†µ
Shaw used the infamous YouTube street brawler Kimbo Slice as his lead fighter with EliteXC, which worked out great until it didn't.