Drew Fickett

Le Breaks Shamrock in Instant Classic


In a fantastic third round to an exceptionally exciting, give-and-take slugfest Saturday on Showtime, Cung Le delivers the kick that may have broken Frank Shamrock’s arm. Le captured the Strikeforce middleweight title when defending champion Shamrock could not continue after the third round.

SAN JOSE – In a bruising battle of Bay Area rivals, undefeated Cung Le broke the right arm of defending champion Frank Shamrock en route to capturing the Strikeforce middleweight title with a thrilling, give-and-take, crowd-pleasing third-round TKO Saturday on Showtime.

The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated mixed martial arts event, presented by EliteXC and Strikeforce, attracted an enthusiastic, well-behaved crowd of 16,326 at the HP Pavilion that produced a gate of more than $1 million. Those in attendance included EliteXC standouts Kimbo Slice, Jake Shields, Nick Diaz and Phil Baroni.

The fight card aired on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

Gilbert Melendez (14-1) of San Francisco successfully defended his Strikeforce lightweight belt with a second-round knockout over hard-trying but outclassed Gabe Lemley (11-7) of New London, Iowa, in a second world title match on a five-bout telecast.

In other televised scraps, Drew Fickett (32-5) of Tucson, Ariz., earned a shot at the vacant EliteXC welterweight crown against Jake Shields by submitting Korea’s Jae Suk Lim (9-4) in the first round; super heavyweight Wayne Cole (11-6) of Oklahoma City, Okla., submitted (armbar) Mike Kyle (9-6-1) of San Jose in the first round and EliteXC standout Joey Villasenor (25-6) of Albuquerque, N.M., knocked out Ryan Jensen (11-4) of Omaha, Neb., in the first round.

In the top non-televised fight, Tiki Ghosn (10-7) of Huntington Beach, Calif., registered an upset three-round decision over previously undefeated welter Luke Stewart (5-1) of San Francisco by the scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice.

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CSAC Causes Fickett to Replace Diaz


Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

The California State Athletic Commission has surprisingly ruled that Nick Diaz will not be permitted to fight at this weekend’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show, which will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Why? Well it depends who you ask. While MMA Weekly first broke the news late last night, Sherdog has since learned that there is quite the discrepancy as to why Diaz will not be competing.

According to CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia, Diaz failed to submit medical papers in time.

“He did not turn in his medical information in time for the fight,” Garcia told Sherdog’s Josh Gross. “They were just turned in today.”

EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw says different. According to Shaw, the issue has nothing to do with a deadline for Diaz’s medical papers and everything to do with the fact that the Stockton, California native owns a medical marijuana card, stemming from Diaz’s case of Attention Deficit Disorder.

“He never mentioned anything about late medicals,” said Shaw. “And if there were late medicals it wasn’t because of Nick Diaz and it wasn’t because of EliteXC. Nick does what you ask him, and you punish him? It’s like if you have a Ferrari and a police officer gives you a speeding ticket before you turn the key.”

Diaz’s adventures with marijuana have gotten him in trouble before. After submitting former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi in April of last year, Diaz’s enormous upset was changed to a no-contest after the Nevada State Athletic Commission found that the amount of marijuana in Diaz’s system during the fight gave him a competitive advantage.

Drew Fickett, who was originally slated to take on Jake Shields for the EliteXC welterweight title before Shields suffered a back injury during training, will now step in and take on Diaz’s scheduled opponent, Jae Suk Lim.

Shields-Fickett Scrapped


Jake Shields throws a body kick at Renato Verissimo. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The highly-anticipated EliteXC welterweight title showdown between Jake Shields and Drew Fickett scheduled for this weekend’s co-promoted event with Strikeforce has been scrapped.

EliteXC parent company ProElite officially announced the cancellation on their website earlier this afternoon, citing an injury Shields suffered during training as the reason why the Cesar Gracie product will be unable to compete. Five Ounces of Pain reports that Shields has pulled a muscle in his back.

The fight was slated to take place on the television portion of a card which features a main event middleweight contest between former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and decorated Sanshou kickboxer Cung Le.

Shields was victorious over Mike Pyle in his last fight at EliteXC: Renegade in November. The bout was originally slated to be for EliteXC’s welterweight belt but that idea was scrapped once Pyle decided not to sign a contract extension with the promotion.

After spending over two years under the Zuffa banner, Fickett decided to explore new opportunities and submitted both Anthony Lapsley and Mark Weir in separate HDNet Fights and Cage Rage events. No word as to whether or not a replacement opponent will be found for Fickett in time.

Shields, Fickett to Battle for EliteXC Belt


Jake Shields and Mike Pyle square off at the weigh-ins for EliteXC: Renegade. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC

Welterweight phenom Jake Shields will attempt to become EliteXC’s first welterweight champion in history when he vies for the vacant title against UFC veteran Drew Fickett at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Cung Le on March 29th.

The fight, which has not yet been officially announced, was revealed by Shields through his MySpace.

The event is scheduled to take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and includes an anticipated main event middleweight contest between former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and decorated Sanshou kickboxer Cung Le.

Shields was victorious over Mike Pyle in his last fight at EliteXC: Renegade in November. The bout was originally slated to be for EliteXC’s welterweight belt but that idea was scrapped once Pyle decided not to sign a contract extension with the promotion.

After spending over two years under the Zuffa banner, Fickett decided to explore new opportunities and has now fought twice in the last four months in two different promotions. Fickett submitted both Anthony Lapsley and Mark Weir in separate HDNet Fights and Cage Rage events.

WCO “The Return” Features Star-Filled Card

The World Cagefighting Organization headed by Bruce Bellocchi has teamed with Valor Fighting, Xcess Fighting and Primal MMA to produce one of the greatest MMA cards seen in years! Heading the lineup is Renato “Babalu” Sobral as he makes his long awaited stateside return since his UFC departure. Babalu will take on veteran Lion’s Den fighter, Vernon “Tiger” White.

The star studded undercard features two former UFC Heavyweight Champions. Former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Mark “The Smashing Machine” Kerr’s return to the cage as he continues his comeback against K1 legend, Rick Roufus who is making his MMA debut. Then the bad blood boils over as former UFC Heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguiz finally meets Mike Kyle.

Also in action is Joe “Diesel” Riggs as he takes on Gracie Barra fighter Gustavo “Ximu” Machado. Wesley “Cabbage” Correia returns taking on veteran Jimmy “The Titan” Ambriz. Tiki Ghosn battles it out against Team Quest’s Dave Gardner. UFC Veteran’s, David “The Crow” Loiseau and Drew Fickett will also see action as will Antonio McKee.

“My goal is to compete with the big boys. I think you can see by the card we have put together that we are making a statement. The fans want great fights. We’re giving it to them” - Bruce Bellocchi, of The WCO.

Renato Sobral vs. Vernon White
Mark Kerr vs. Rick Roufus
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Mike Kyle
Joe Riggs vs. Gustavo Machado
Wesley Correia vs. Jimmy Ambriz
Tiki Ghosn vs. Dave Gardner
David Loiseau vs. TBA
Drew Fickett vs. TBA
Antonio McKee vs. TBA

Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain Quick Results

Ronnie Mann def. Jordan Miller - Submission (Triangle)
Robert Paczkow def. James McSweeney - Submission (Front Choke)
Abdul Mohammed def. Robbie Olivier - Majority Decision
Ivan Serati def. Lee Hasdell - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Neil Grove def. Robert Berry - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Mark Buchannan def. George Castro - TKO (Strikes)
Mark Epstein def. Tom Watson - Split Decision
Marios Zaromskis def. Ross Pointon - TKO (Cut)
Drew Fickett def. Mark Weir - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Paul Cahoon def. Elvis Sinosic - TKO (Strikes)
Murilo Rua def. Xavier Pokam - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

HDNet Fights Weigh-In Results

Jeff Ford (225 lbs) vs. Erik Paulson (212.5 lbs) *
Freddie Espiricueta (185.5 lbs) vs. Jason House (183 lbs)
Anthony Lapsley (170.75 lbs) vs. Drew Fickett (171.25 lbs)
Matt Thompson (241 lbs) vs. Justin Eilers (231 lbs)
TJ Waldburger (170.5 lbs) vs. Pete Spratt (168.75 lbs)
David Roberts (154.75 lbs) vs. Chris Bowles (153 lbs)
CB Dollaway (186.25 lbs) vs. Hans Marrero (184 lbs)
Corey Salter (N/A) vs. Joel Traves (268 lbs)
David Morris (184 lbs) vs. Liam McCarty (185 lbs)
Justin Howard (244 lbs) vs. Jay McCown (245.75 lbs)

* The main event featuring Jeff Ford and Erik Paulson which was originally scheduled to take place at 205 lbs has now been switched to a heavyweight affair after it was announced that Jeff Ford was unable to make weight.

“I’ve been busting my ass to drop (to the required weight), running, hitting the sauna two times a day, training, dieting, not eating,” said an obviously irritated Paulson. “I dropped down to 205 (Thursday) night and then I got news after I got out of the sauna that (Ford) was about 230 and that he was not going to be able (to make weight).”

 

CKA: Sep 27, 2007

I only wish to be as cool as the Hammer House..

News and Notes

- The Fight Network is reporting that UFC veteran Drew Fickett has been added to the inaugural HDNetFights card on October 13th and will take on Anthony Lapsley. Lapsley was originally scheduled to face T.J. Waldburger. No word on why Waldburger is no longer set to compete at the event.

- If you haven’t already, don’t forget to place a bid on the shorts that UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture wore while defeating Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74. The shorts are also autographed and are being auctioned off as part of the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund.

- MMA Junkie is reporting via Brazilian website RPC that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua fought against Forrest Griffin at UFC 76 with a torn ligament in his knee and will be out of action until early next year. MMA Junkie also pointed out at that no mention of the injury was made by the CSAC after a post-fight examination of Rua.

- We already know that MMA is banned in Vancouver, but so is MMA-related clothing too apparently.

- Sam Caplan has received word via Gilbert Melendez that Nick Diaz has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for a staph infection and is currently recovering at his home in Stockton, CA.

- UFC Daily has learned that Heath Herring will be returning to the Octagon early next year according to manager Dean Albrecht:

UFC heavyweight Heath Herring will likely to return to the octagon in early 2008 according to his manager, Dean Albrecht, who confirmed the news with UFC Daily earlier today.  According to Albrecht, Herring is taking some time off from fighting while continuing to train for his UFC return.

No definite plans have been established for Herring though there are several rumored UFC events in January and February which could host his return to the octagon from the extended break.

The Rock talks MMA:

“Well, I think that there is still great boxing out there, and there are fights coming up that I look forward to seeing. But mixed martial arts is just phenomenal. It is so hot, and it’s clear to me why it’s so popular. I have a ton of love and respect for those guys. I’ve become friends with a bunch of those guys and they have my support. I think mixed martial arts requires an amazing athleticism, and those guys must put together a strategy and a game plan every single time they go out and fight because it’s not one-dimensional, it’s not so predictable. On any given day, the greatest can go down. I think it’s really exciting to see the success that MMA is having right now. Everything that that sport provides and all the attention that people are diverting to that entity right now is well-deserved, and it’s—well, it’s a big deal and I’m excited about it.”

- Darren Rovell of CNBC ranks UFC President Dana White 80th out of 100
sports executives in terms of power.

Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for that find.

- Speaking of Fight Opinion, Zack Arnold is wondering how the Japanese media is going to cover Kazuhiro Nakamura positive drug test.

- Ryan from Fightlinker is impressed with how well UFC 76 did compared to UFC 59 in California.

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

Fickett Talks Knee Injury, Return to Octagon

Drew Fickett spoke to Sherdog’s Tommy Messano to shed some light on the knee injury that forced him to pull out of a scheduled bout against Chris Lytle at UFC 73.

Fickett stated that he first injured his knee during a unanimous decision win over Keita Nakamura at UFC Fight Night 9. He said that the knee was still hurt during training for the Lytle fight and that he ultimately aggravated it to the point where he could no longer continue to prepare for UFC 73.

According to Fickett, he has fully recovered from the injury and is nearly ready to jump back into competition:

“The knee is fine now,” he said. “I’ve been doing a lot of yoga and specific strength training for my injury. I tweaked it in the Nakamura fight and it never really fully recovered since I jumped right back into training.”

Fickett made certain that he wanted to return to the UFC as soon as possible. He revealed that UFC 77 in October would be his ideal choice for a return.

CKA: Jun 29, 2007

News and Notes:

- Renzo Gracie recently accepted Frank Shamrock’s request for a rematch on MMA Weekly’s Sound Off:

Gracie was recently on MMAWeekly Radio to responds to Shamrock’s challenge. “I never get invited to a party that I didn’t show up. I’d love to do it again,” Gracie said excitedly. Anyone who knows Gracie knows that he never shies away from a challenge and that he has the heart of a lion. “I want to finish a fight that I never had a chance to finish. I think it will be a continuation of what we had in February.”

- Maurico Rua has stated that his leg injury is not as severe as many media outlets are reporting that he will still continue to train while undergoing physical therapy.

- Jason Gilliam will be replacing an injured Drew Fickett as Chris Lytle’s opponent at UFC 73.

- UFC Junkie is reporting that Renato “Babalu” Sobral will make his return to the Octagon at UFC 74 against David Heath.

- Jess Liaudin has announced that he will be training with Team Quest for his upcoming bout at UFC 75 in September:

“I wanted to go to [Las] Vegas to train with Randy [Couture],” Liaudin said. “I saw his new gym, and it looked great. Not only that, but everyone trains down there. Martin Kampmann offered to rent me his apartment because right now he’s back home having surgery on his knee. The only thing is that his apartment is about a 15-minute drive from the gym, and I don’t drive.”

“We looked around a number of different gyms,” Liaudin said. “I always wanted to go to Team Quest, but I didn’t really want to go to Oregon. Now Dan Henderson has a gym in California. My manager got in touch with them; you can stay in a house with other fighters, they come pick you up and take you to the gym and, for extra money, they even deliver food for us.”

- Justin Levens has signed a three-fight deal with Palace Fighting Championships.

Video of the Day:

Radio Schedule:

Podcasts -

StrictlyMMA Radio
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Live Shows -

12-1 PM - Tagg Radio
1-3 PM - The Savage Dog Show
3-4 PM - Fight Network Radio
3-5 PM - The Beatdown
9-10 PM - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11-12 AM - Knockout Radio

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