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Shields vs. Fickett could have happened at “Return of the King” (UPDATED)

Remember when it was announced that an EliteXC welterweight title match between Jake Shields vs. Drew Fickett had been re-scheduled for June 14 in Honolulu, Hawaii?

Then remember when it was postponed after Fickett reportedly had suffered an injury?

Well, soon after it was announced that Fickett was scheduled to fight Ryan Ford for the vacant MFC welterweight title on July 25 in Canada. But that wasn’t a big deal considering the fight vs. Ford was more than a month after “Return of the King.” It’s possible to be unable to compete on June 14 due to injury but be healthy in time for July 25.

While a fight vs. Ford on July 25 is easy to understand, the fact that Sherdog’s fight finder shows Fickett having competed at Rage in the Cage 111 and submitting Jeff Horlacher at 2:13 of round 1 on… June 7.

Wow. Just wow.

Update: According to, Fickett is in danger of being dropped from his EliteXC contract. The site also indicates that Shields is a definite for the July 26 CBS show and that Jay Hieron and Nick Thompson are two of the fighters under consideration to fight him.

  • matt says:

    I spoke to Jake at the Newark event and told him about this. He was pretty pissed off.

  • matt says:


    “Death by Rear Naked Choke! NIGHTRIDER!!!”

  • Sergio G. Hernandez says:

    Hieron or Thompson are both fighters that I wouldn’t mind seeing opposite Shields.

    Fickett screwed the pooch on this one.

  • Logan says:

    So was that the second time this bout was rescheduled when Fickett got hurt because I thought it was postponed once because Shields had a back injury?

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Logan Clark, is that you?

    Yes, Fickett vs. Shields had been scheduled originally for March 29 but was postponed due to Shields’ back injury. It was re-scheduled for June 14 and postponed for a second time due to Fickett claiming an injury.

  • Rich S. says:

    well, that sucks..
    i was hoping to see these to fight.. but.. apparently it’s never going to happen, and even if it did get set up again, there would probably be some kind of injury.. lol..

  • matt says:

    I take what I read on GracieFighter with a grain of salt. It’s Ceasar’s site. I hope these two fight. I also think that Jake needs to go to the UFC to convince me he is deserving of a top 10 spot.


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