MFC Cancels Fickett-Ford Fight

Drew Fickett

The MFC Welterweight Championship fight scheduled between Ryan Ford and Drew Fickett, according to Randy Harrison of nokaut.com, has been cancelled; this has been verified by Mark Pavelich, owner and president of MFC.  This announcement stems from an earlier incident where Pavelich and the MFC were upset at Fickett for attempting to take a fight on last Friday’s Strikeforce event in San Jose, CA – a hair over three weeks away from the MFC card.

Pavelich addressed the situation, stating,

“We were shocked to learn Drew agreed on one day’s notice to fight as a middleweight in another organization’s event this past Friday.  When I contacted this other organization, its owner immediately cancelled Drew’s fight when informed that he was under contract to fight on the MFC show and as part of Mr. Fickett’s contract he was not allowed to take another fight up to five weeks before the MFC show.

When I learned of Drew’s intentions to take this fight, I repeatedly attempted to reach Drew’s manager to find out why.  After numerous attempts to reach his manager went unreturned, I did leave a voice mail which has since been made public.  I admit to being very upset, angry and frustrated not only by Drew’s action but also by not being able to reach his manager and the tone of that voice mail reflected my feelings.”

Pavelich also added that Fickett failed to submit a promotional picture for MFC to use and additional documents regarding medical, passport and border information.  Apparently, this isn’t the first time that Fickett has stiffed a promotion as he bailed out of a June 14 fight with Jake Shields in EliteXC, only to sign with a smaller promotion in Arizona a week before the June 14 date.  Obviously there’s unresolved issues between Fickett and Pavelich; while Pavelich made statements that may not ring true (Fickett taking the money and running), the fact that Fickett promised to fight for one promotion while actually signing with another will probably bring up a red flag in any future fights that Fickett wants to be involved in.  What Fickett does need though is some representation, that way, not only will Fickett honor any and all fight agreements, but will be able to get his reputation back.  Which is money in the MMA game.

 

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