McKee is unbeaten in three fights under the MFC banner (Photo courtesy of MFC).
Fight will be for McKee’s Lightweight Championship
After a rather stunning announcement earlier this week that Maxiumum Fighting Championship (MFC) owner Mark Pavelich and lightweight veteran Drew Fickett (40-13) had buried the hatchet from a public quarrel in 2008 to agree on a multi-fight deal, the situation has now taken another surprising turn. Fickett had already been slated to make his promotional debut at MFC 28: Supremacy on February 25th, and we now know it will be opposite Antonio McKee (25-4-2) for his MFC Lightweight Championship Belt.
“No one, and I mean absolutely no one, gets an easy ride in the Maximum Fighting Championship,” Pavelich said. “McKee wants to claim he’s still the man in the lightweight division. Then go prove it against one of the hottest fighters on the planet. And Fickett says he’s coming to the MFC to choke out everyone. Great, now go do it against the champion who has lost only once by submission in 12 years. The winner will truly deserve the championship belt.”
The dispute between Pavelich and Fickett occurred when the lightweight agreed to a deal with the MFC, but he ultimately did not ever fight for the promotion. The end result was a budding feud between the two that many fight fans did not see as ever being able to reach a resolution.
“My biggest thing is that everyone deserves a second chance, and everyone deserves forgiveness,” Fickett remarked. “Mark and I had a quarrel, but everything has been forgiven and I appreciate that he is giving me a shot. He called me with this opportunity even after we had such a big dispute. To me, that’s just beautiful, it’s just awesome. I think Mark and I are now able to sit back and have a beer and laugh about all that past stuff.”
A former veteran of the UFC, Fickett has more than a few notable wins on his resume. Among the fighters he has been able to defeat include Kenny Florian, Josh Koshcheck, Kurt Pellegrino and Josh Neer. After starting his career with a highly impressive record of 34-5, the Tampa native saw things take a turn for the worse as he lost eight of his next 10 fights. 2010 was then a much better year for him, going 4-0 and winning the Shine Lightweight Grand Prix.
“No one can beat me now,” the 31-year-old Fickett stated. “Mentally, I burned out, and I didn’t really want to fight. Now, I have a renewed passion for the sport, and I have a re-invigorated spirit. I’m going to choke people out, and people are going to get hurt. I’m coming to the MFC, and I’m going to win the belt. It’s going to be awesome.”
On the other side of the ring on February 28th will be a huge test for the reformed Fickett. McKee, who had not lost a fight in over seven years until being defeated by Jacob Volkmann in a somewhat questionable split decision loss at UFC 125 on January 1st, is undefeated in three matches under the MFC banner. Before the loss to Volkmann, he was on a 14-bout unbeaten streak, and the ageless 40-year-old Judo Brown Belt now looks to get back on the winning track against a very formidable Fickett on February 25th.
MFC 28: Supremacy will be held at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, and the main card of the show will also be broadcasted on HDNet.