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Drew Fickett Hits Bottom; Fight With Shannon Ritch Canceled Due to Intoxication

(Let’s remember the good times…)

Drew Fickett used to be the most entertaining drunk in MMA. But over the last year, his increasingly erratic behavior and 2-7 skid against fighters he should have been able to destroy have sent up red flags about his well-being. Saturday night, he hit his bottom. "The Master" was booked to face prolific submission victim Shannon Ritch at a Rage in the Cage event, and was barred from fighting because he showed up intoxicated. As Ritch explained on the UG:

Its True…
I showed up to fight, made weight- and waited for Drew.
Drew finally showed up, saw him with the DR. Pre fight physcial and YEP- he was a little waisted. Police were out front they gave Drew a breath- a- lizer- I believe I heard them say he blew a .18 (2X the legal limit.)
Its just Sad, I am a huge Drew Fickett fan, he is a great fighter, but obvisiously has a problem. He is in a dark time in his life. I hope he gets it together.
All I can say about RITC- Rage In The Cage is-
They did the right thing, They paid me in full and even tried to get another fighter to replace Drew, no luck. JPET and ROLAND did all they could to get the fight to happen, even going as far as giving DREW time to sober up,
To no avail…he was just really DRUNK…
Im sad for the fans that bought tickets- I had over 100 people there from my home town to watch me fight, Maybe next time.

If only this was the first time that Fickett screwed over a promoter. Between his drunken antics and his recent losses to non-contenders, it’s hard to imagine that any MMA orgs would be willing to take a chance on Drew at this point. And that’s for the best. Fickett’s life has obviously become unmanageable. We hope he can find some professional help, dry out, and prove that his immense talent won’t go to waste forever.

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DR EVIL- August 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm
this is the first time Drew came to Rocky Point in Mexico to fight under the name BOBBY PHOENIX we recognize him and told him he wasnt fighting a guy that was making hes debut, so he got sooo drunk that he was making a mess all over tha place, he was trying to fight evry one in his team, and during one of the fights he was cornering one of hes fighters and got in a browl with the other corner guys and he got hes ass kicked by a bunch of angry Mexicans, after the fights we gave him one more chance and we all went to a local bar, where he tryed to rob a guy so the police was called and he got hand cuff by the police AK-47 to his head, and he stayed at the police jail for one night, we talked to them and they let him go, the guy had a great talent, but he just cant get out of hes Dark
enema_enthusiast- April 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm
"to fight someone like there champ"
"There crooked and run like the mafia."
"There show deserves to die in Tucson. "
"Not to mention, they judge there own fights!"
"There smokers."

...someone clearly doesn't understand that "there" and "their" are two different words.
Prime- January 20, 2010 at 8:32 am
Good. John Petrelli and Roland Sierra are two of the worst MMA Promoters ever in Tucson.

I'm not surprised. They have also published fights on cards that are not happening. They have even been told that one of the fighters will not make it in advance, and they still keep it a secret, then pop some nobody in there to fight someone like there champ. There crooked and run like the mafia. There show deserves to die in Tucson.

Not to mention, they judge there own fights! If you train at there RITC training centers, you will definitely get the decision. There smokers.

RITC Sucks, its for fighters who don't know better.

Same day contracts also suck. That's how they do business.
Cookie Monster- June 29, 2009 at 10:31 am
Drew fickett has always been an asshole. Sure he has a whooooole lot of talent, but so did maurice clarett, and maurice is still an unemployed ass face. I can't wait to hear what drew has to say about this cause god knows hes not gonna keep his mouth shut. What situation could possibly lead to a pro fighter drinking on his fight day? I assume that this is a big sign that he is a raging alcoholic which begs the question, does drew train drunk? does drew train? fuck you fickett, all you had to do was show up coherent and shannon was gonna sit down and stick his neck out for you, he trains to be submitted. its time a tv network calls him up for a "fickett's fucked life" reality series, get on it.
Deadpanda- June 29, 2009 at 10:31 am
Fickett & his sombrero were always favorites of mine. I hope he uses this event as inspiration to sober up.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- June 29, 2009 at 10:07 am
@ sp00ki kabuki

FYI: Ghengis Con's M.O. is to feature lesser-known fighters for his highlight reels.
sp00ki kabuki- June 29, 2009 at 9:38 am
how the hell can u make a video called natural born killers, and not have nick diaz, totaly droped the ball on that one
Old_Bald_and_Irish- June 29, 2009 at 7:38 am

Just over a year ago Fickett was set to take on, and possibly beat, Jake Shields.

And now he's reduced to this?

My heart goes out to him and his family. He's a great talent and an entertaining fighter. I hope he can turn things around.
Fight Fan- June 29, 2009 at 7:22 am
I propose classes or categories for those on 'roids and those on booze. How exciting it would be.

On a serious note, is there no testing in MMA to weed out the Lashley's of the world...guys who are obviously juicing. Do we really need no talent 'roid heads running at each other until one sort of establishes top position and rains down hammer fists?

That being said, best of luck to Fickett.
Kevin Marshall- June 29, 2009 at 7:10 am
Having had personal experience with this sort of thing, I can only hope that this is his bottom.
UFC fan- June 29, 2009 at 6:41 am
Yeah I am not sure what his waist size had to do with his drunken ass.........oh I get it. It is a play on words no?...yes?
Good thing he can fight, cause writing isn't his thing.

"yeah he was waisted...and I kant right."
RaginAsian- June 29, 2009 at 6:15 am
"YEP- he was a little waisted."

So he was too far below weight?
Marcer- June 29, 2009 at 6:09 am
I say he rematches Nick Diaz. Drunk vs High match for the ages baby.