(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:
I showed up to fight, made weight- and waited for Drew.
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.
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…
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.