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Drew Fickett submits trio of opponents to win Shine Fights Grand Prix

Fans of MMA are likely familiar with Drew Fickett’s name for a plethora of reasons. The 30-year old has experienced a number of notable highs and lows in the sport, including wins over Josh Koscheck, Kurt Pellegrino, and Ken Florian earlier in his career to arrests, bizarre post-fight antics, and professional disputes with a variety of promotions.

Friday night Fickett gave the public another reason to remember his name, winning Shine Fights controversial eight-man, single-evening tournament with a series of submissions over opponents Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, Dennis Bermudez, and finally Carlos Prater. The wins improved Fickett’s overall record to 40-13 and could mark a turnaround in his career. Prior to the victories, Fickett had dropped seven of his previous ten bouts but won in April over MMA veteran Derrick Noble meaning he’s officially on a four-fight streak in the right direction. Fickett was also the only Shine Fights competitor to finish an adversary, let alone more than one of them.

Prater advanced in the tournament after Rich Crunkilton was unable to compete in the semi-final though he defeated Prater via split decision in the night’s opening round. The Brazilian-by-way-of-Texas then fought another alternate, Charlie Brown, who took the place of Kyle Baker (also injured in an opening round split decision victory). Prater out-pointed Brown to advance to the card’s main event where he eventually fell to Fickett by way of Rear-Naked Choke a few minutes into the match-up.

A complete list of Shine Fights results can be found below:

Charlie Brown def. Brian van Hovan via Majority Decision
Drew Fickett def. Charles Bennett via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Dennis Bermudez def. Shannon Gugerty via Unanimous Decision
Kyle Baker def. James Warfield via Split Decision
Rich Crunkilton def. Carlo Prater via Split Decision
Drew Fickett def. Dennis Bermudez via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Carlo Prater def. Charlie Brown via Split Decision
Drew Fickett def. Carlo Prater via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)

  • Rich S. says:

    Three first round submissions in one night.. That’s just badass..

    Nice to see him excel after such a rough patch in his career.

  • Dufresne says:

    When Fickett has his head in the game, he’s flat dangerous.

    3 fights, 3 subs, 1 night. Nice work, you earned that title.

  • danw84 says:

    The thing that sucks about single night tournaments is, like what happened twice here, when a winner can’t continue, and some dude who didn’t do anything gets to advance to the next round for no reason. It’s stupid.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    yep i love the tournement format but it rarely works. same reason why professional MMA will never work in the olympics.

    props to drew

  • Rece Rock says:

    Just glad crazy horse didn’t advance at all- I really can’t stand that character

  • Guthookd says:

    Of all the events in the past few days…Bellator, Tachi, Shine, Shark & MFC….this was the best one I think.

    Fickett was on fire. The first guillotine was just sick…from standing position. I hope he keeps up the hard work and doesn’t blow it like he has in the past. He just might end up in the WEC again. Hope so.


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