Veach has just two defeats in 17 professional fights (Photo by Dave Mandel, Sherdog.com).
Antonio McKee Forced to Withdraw from Title Match after Suffering Knee Injury
The Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) has officially announced that Antonio McKee (25-4-2) has been removed from the feature bout this Friday at MFC 28: Supremacy, with the MFC Lightweight Champion withdrawing from a title defense against Drew Fickett (40-13) after suffering a knee injury in training. Stepping into his place will be Matt Veach (15-2) for a three-round affair against Fickett that will be fought at a catchweight of 160 pounds.
“I’m disappointed not to be facing McKee for the title, but it’s only a matter of time until I get my hands on the MFC Lightweight Belt,” Fickett said once notified of McKee’s injury.
Fickett inked a deal in January to challenge McKee for his title after burying the hatchet from a previous disagreement with MFC President Mark Pavelich. The UFC veteran brings an impressive resume to the promotion and has more than a few notable wins on his record, including victories over Kenny Florian, Josh Koshcheck, Kurt Pellegrino and Josh Neer. After starting his career with a highly impressive mark of 34-5, the Tampa native saw things take a turn for the worse as he lost eight of his next 10 fights. However, 2010 was then a much better year for Fickett, going 4-0 and winning the Shine Lightweight Grand Prix.
“It’s truly a sign of what some fighters are made out of,” Pavelich stated about Fickett and Veach. “Drew Fickett didn’t hesitate one bit to accept the change in opponent, and Matt Veach showed the amount of courage he’s got in taking the fight with Fickett on short notice.”
Veach, who is also a veteran of the UFC, comes into this co-main event pairing with an impressive 15-2 record. The only two blemishes on his career came at the hands of UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and British grappler Paul Kelly. Since suffering those two defeats, the H.I.T. Squad member has now won four consecutive matches, including a unanimous decision victory over Kenneth Rosfort-Nees last October to earn the Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship.
MFC 28: Supremacy will be held at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, with Fickett vs. Veach and the entire main card of the show being broadcasted live on HDNet.