Drew Fickett back with MFC, facing McKee for title

source: mmamania.com

In one of the most astonishing turn of events in the history of the Maximum Fighting Championship, MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich announced that the organization has signed world-ranked lightweight Drew "Night Rider" Fickett to a multi-fight contract.

Fickett will make his organizational debut at MFC 28: Supremacy on Friday, Feb. 25 televised live on HDNet Fights (10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT.  Fickett's opponent will be revealed in the very near future.

Pavelich and Fickett were involved in a heated feud back in 2008 when the fighter had initially agreed to compete in the Maximum Fighting Championship. When Fickett ultimately did not fight, a  controversy erupted that created a huge stir in the mixed martial arts world.

"My biggest thing is that everyone deserves a second chance and everyone deserves forgiveness," stated Fickett. "Mark and I had a quarrel but everything has been forgiven and I appreciate that he is giving me a shot."

"I've got a lot of love for a lot of people," reflected Fickett, who turned 31 on Christmas Eve. "I'm really grateful for the people who are around me. I've got my daughter. I've got people who care about me. I've got a good girlfriend who supports me.

"I'm surrounded by good people and I'm away from the BS and the partying. It's made me want to fight."

"No one can beat me now," touted Fickett, who holds 29 career wins via submission. "Mentally I burned out and I didn't really want to fight. Now I have a renewed passion for the sport and I have a re-invigorated spirit.

"I'm going to choke people out and people are going to get hurt. I'm coming to the MFC and I'm going to win the belt. It's going to be awesome.

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Antonio McKee won the Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight title by defeating Derrick Noble at MFC 20 in early 2009. He fought two more times for the promotion before making the jump to prove himself in the UFC.

Drew Fickett was heading for the MFC in 2008, but a public falling out between him and MFC president Mark Pavelich ended badly. Fickett and Pavelich parted ways.

Now, the turns of fate have both headed back to Canada to fight each other at MFC 28 for the lightweight title.

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xeducatex site profile image  

1/14/11 5:34 PM by xeducatex

Wow bummer for mckee. Loses his ufc debut ending a 7 year win streak and then has to face a resurected and better than ever fickett. I don't see him winning. I see a sub or ko for fick

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1/14/11 5:26 PM by nostripewhite

MFC Champion = 1 and done on UFC undercard.Go tent show.

donttazemebro site profile image  

1/14/11 6:23 AM by donttazemebro

I think Drew is trying not to be hammered all the time now Carl, lol. Great fight if Drew is back to good form. McKee better lay on Fickett hard if he wants to avoid the Kos KO + Choke

CarlWinslow site profile image  

1/14/11 4:33 AM by CarlWinslow

Thanks pavelich for not putting ryan ford on that, anyway I love drew, reps Mexico but white and is hammered all the time, just like me, well I rep socal so same thing

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1/14/11 4:00 AM by donttazemebro

New interview w/fickett covering the MFC deal, next fight, problems in the past and his advice for recovery. Great stuff from Fickett as always

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1/13/11 10:46 PM by Maximum Fighting

  Hot news from MFC Ticket Hotline   With service and convenience fees being increased across the board by various ticket-selling agencies, the Maximum Fighting Championship is delivering big news on savings to its loyal fan base.   Starting Friday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m., all tickets for MFC 28: Supremacy will be sold exclusively through the MFC Ticket Hotline. The only cost to customers will be the purchase price of the tickets plus GST – no service and convenience fees*. This will save all ticket-buyers at least $12 per ticket.   The only place to purchase tickets for MFC 28 at the River Cree Resort and Casino will be the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.   “It is about time that a professional sports organization passes along a savings to its fans especially when we hear from so many people how frustrated they are by having to pay these exorbitant extra fees,” stated MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “The MFC has always put its fans first and we want to make sure that they get the best deal possible.   “Our Ticket Hotline staff is also best-suited to find fans the seats they will be the happiest with because customer service is incredibly important to us and we do it better than anyone else in the MMA industry.   “Nothing beats seeing an MFC event in person and experiencing the action and the atmosphere with the ring just a few feet away.”    *Out-of-town orders may be subject to shipping costs.  www.MFC.TV    

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1/13/11 6:51 PM by Maximum Fighting

  McKee to defend MFC crown against Fickett Lightweight championship at stake as co-main event at Supremacy Title-holder Antonio McKee will face the toughest test of his reign as the Maximum Fighting Championship’s lightweight champ when he comes into the ring at MFC 28: Supremacy. ...At the same time, Drew Fickett’s first foray into the MFC will take him right into the deepest waters of the organization’s lightweight division. It’s a perfect storm. As the co-main event for MFC 28: Supremacy, McKee (25-4-2) will defend his belt for the second time when he takes on Fickett (40-13) on Friday, Feb. 25 live on HDNet Fights from the River Cree Resort and Casino, just outside Edmonton, Alberta. “No one – and I mean absolutely no one – gets an easy ride in the Maximum Fighting Championship,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “McKee wants to claim he’s still the man in the lightweight division … then go prove it against one of the hottest fighters on the planet. And Fickett says he’s coming to the MFC to choke out everyone. Great … now go do it against the champion who has lost only once by submission in 12 years. “The winner will truly deserve the championship belt.” Fickett, who joined the MFC earlier this week with a multi-fight contract, will ride a four-bout winning streak into the showdown with McKee. The pair has some interesting similarities through their respective well-established careers including a fair number of common opponents. McKee, who represents his own Team Body Shop from Lakewood, California, earned the MFC’s 155-pound title in his debut fight, securing a five-round decision victory over Derrick Noble. Fickett began his 2010 resurgence, and ended a sour losing skid, with a second-round submission of Noble. Both fighters have scored decision wins over fellow veteran Edwin Dewees, and both hold victories over Carlo Prater. McKee defeated Prater in what was supposed to be his first title defence but the bout was changed to a three-round affair when Prater missed weight. McKee went on to post a dominating three-round verdict. Fickett has topped Prater twice in his career, submitting him in the third round of a bout in 2004 by way of guillotine choke, and then needing only two minutes to beat him last year via rear-naked choke. McKee is undefeated under the MFC banner. On top of his wins over Noble and Prater, McKee notched one of his most impressive victories when he earned just the third TKO win of his lengthy career thanks to first-round smashing of Luciano Azevedo at MFC 26. WWW.MFC.TV  

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1/12/11 1:12 PM by Maximum Fighting


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1/12/11 1:11 PM by Steve4192

If I were a big promotion, I wouldn't touch him either. Not until he proves his sobriety is something more than a short-term blip. He's a great fighter, but he has burned too many people/promotions in the past with his alcohol-fueled escapades to expect a quick rise back up the ladder. He has to prove he is reliable.