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.

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