Shields-Fickett Looking Unlikely


Drew Fickett submits Jae Suk Lim. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

It was only a little more than three months ago when Jake Shields and Drew Fickett were set to battle it out in order to crown EliteXC’s first-ever welterweight champion. Their March date was squashed after Shields suffered a back injury during the week leading up to the bout, forcing Fickett to take on Jae Suk Lim instead.

A fight between the two was tentatively scheduled for this past weekend’s “Return of the King” event, but concerns involving Shields ability to be ready in time for the fight began to mount. Then unexpectedly, it was Fickett who fell victim to the injury bug, suffering a knee injury during training. Or did he?

Five Ounces of Pain points out that while Fickett signed on to fight rising Canadian prospect Ryan Ford at a Maximum Fighting Championship event in July, his most recent fight, a submission win over Jeff Horlacher at a Rage in the Cage event just ten days go, has flown under the radar.

Why would Fickett take a fight on June 7th if he was supposedly too injured to be able to compete against Shields one week later?

While his injury healing up quicker than expected and Shields deciding against fighting this past weekend could have happened, Shields camp says that isn’t the case according to the latest post on their graciefighter.com site.

Apparently EliteXC officials have been unable to get in contact with Fickett and are now considering releasing him from his contract, a move that would go against the type of employee Fickett has been to other organization’s in the past.

In addition, Shields will now be fighting in one of the featured bouts on EliteXC’s next network television event on CBS on July 26th. Two current welterweight champions in different organizations are being discussed as potential opponents for Shields: BodogFight welterweight champion Nick Thompson and reigning IFL welterweight title holder Jay Hieron.

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