Fickett wins Shine Fights Grand Prix

by Ray Hui | source:

Call it a comeback, at least for one night.

Drew Fickett, who around 2005 was considered one of the best welterweights in the world, entered the limelight for the first time in years and submitted three opponents Friday night to win the inaugural Shine Fights Lightweight Grand Prix tournament at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla.

The evening was a significant turnaround for Fickett, who entered the pay-per-view event losing five of his last six and eight of his last 11. And Fickett took full advantage of his opportunity to impress, finishing quickly in his trio of tourney bouts.

In his first fight, Fickett submitted Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett with a standing guillotine choke and then in the semifinals, tapped out Dennis Bermudez with a rear-naked choke.

Fickett was fresh, needing only five minutes and 36 seconds of ring time to dispatch of Bennett and Bermudez to advance to the finals against Carlo Prater. However, it was a completely different story for Prater, who went the distance in two fights for a total of 23 minutes of action.

In a rematch from 2004, which coincidentally was also part of a one-night tournament, Fickett advanced through a basic progression by scoring a takedown and softening up Prater from mount to set up the tapout-inducing rear-naked choke.

"He gave up his back and I'm really good with back," Fickett said. "So once you give up your back, you might as well tap out before something bad happens."

Since Fickett won his semifinals bout in just 122 seconds, Prater had even less time to recover from his two previous fights. No additional bouts were scheduled for what could have been a rest period, only a short drum act inside the ring. Despite entering the fight at a disadvantage, Prater kept his post-fight interview positive.

"Drew is a true champion," Prater expressed, emotionally after the fight. "He's extremely strong."

"I'm back," Fickett said. "155-pounders look out!"

1. Drew Fickett def. Charles Bennett via submission (guillotine) - Round 1, 3:34
2. Dennis Bermudez def. Shannon Gugerty via unanimous decision after two rounds
3. Kyle Baker def. James Warfield via split decision after three rounds (OT)
4. Rich Crunkilton def. Carlo Prater via split decision after three rounds (OT)
5. Drew Fickett def. Dennis Bermudez via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1,
6. Carlo Prater def. Charlie Brown via majority decision after two rounds
7. Drew Fickett def. Carlo Prater via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:02

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Mepaqehe site profile image  

9/12/10 12:58 PM by Mepaqehe

 They did. Like 4 times. They even put on more and more verticle ropes through the event. I heard they had the ring shipped in the day before but forgot to send the proper straps.

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9/12/10 12:50 PM by Roo Badley

Agreed. I thought we'd see some of his quick witted humor come through, but he seemed a little tight at times. He should have loosened up and joked around more.

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9/12/10 12:27 PM by sly fox

 I thought oma warmed up a bit as it went on.. joanne was good the ring was terrible, but im sure theyll have learnt from that

CaSz site profile image  

9/11/10 5:05 PM by CaSz

P.s. That ring was shocking. How did they not tighten up those ropes at any point?

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9/11/10 5:04 PM by CaSz

OMA sounded like he was talking to 3 yr olds with his really slow over pronunciation of his words throughout the card.

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9/11/10 4:10 PM by DanasDaddy

Great ring...LOL! Glad to see nobody got killed in that thing.

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9/11/10 4:06 PM by sly fox

 prater bio

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9/11/10 4:03 PM by MMA Girls

ttt for Prater!

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9/11/10 3:27 PM by sly fox

 he is brazilian, trained with goes in lutra livre, but lives in texas now... he moved to the us as a teen, and wrestled in oklahoma in high school, and moved back to Brazil in the late 90s.. i really enjoyed the crunkleton/ prater fight, very technical, very skilled... probably one of my favourite fights of the year... two very tough guys and very skilled Ive never bothered watching shine fights before, but have to say I really enjoyed the event ive followed prater for a while and hes one of my favourite fighters... Drew Fickett is a beast so nice to see the two fight again  

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9/11/10 2:43 PM by Granite007

Decent event. Never a big fan of 1 night tournaments, either. And you saw why, yesterday. Lots of guys tumbling out of the ring(not safe). Even with the OMA hate, I thought he did decent for being a relative greenie at it. Give him time. Hopefully everyone gets paid(including the guys from the prior show). Only time will tell.