Apparently lot can change in a few years.
Maximum Fighting Championship president Mark Pavelich had a change of heart and has re-signed lightweight Drew Fickett to a multi-fight deal with the Edmonton, Alberta promotion. The news wouldn’t be as interesting if Pavelich hadn’t proclaimed in 2008 that "Knight Rider" would never fight in the MFC.
To recap what led up to Pavelich’s assertion that Fickett’s days as an MFC fighter were numbered before he ever cashed a paycheck from the promotion, it all started when "The Master" breached a clause in his 2008 contract by taking a fight within two months of a scheduled MFC bout.
But that’s not the reason he was banned by Pavelich.
When the promoter read online that Fickett had agreed to fill in for an injured Joe Riggs on a Strikeforce challengers card last-minute participation, he attempted to contact the fighter’s camp to tell them that he would be breaching his contract if he took the fight as he had an MFC bout less than a month later. When his calls and messages went unanswered, he contacted Scott Coker to tell him that Drew couldn’t fight on the card and the Strikeforce promptly rescinded the offer to Fickett.
Not satisfied to just have Fickett yanked from the card, Pavelich called and left the following voicemaill on one of Fickett’s trainers’ cell phone:
"It’s Mark Pavelich calling from the Maximum Fighting Championship.
I’ve just received notice that Drew Frickett or you, I don’t care which one of you fuckers did it, has signed a contract to fight in Strikeforce this fucking weekend. I’m going to get on a fucking plane soon and go where you’re at and choke you the fuck out. I’m telling you right now, I’ve had enough of your fucking shit. First of all, I’ve sent you the fucking pictures and secondly, I placed Drew Fickett in a fight fucking months ago and five weeks prior to my main event of my fucking fight card. You’re going to give me a fucking call tomorrow or I swear I’ll get on a fucking plane and go right where you’re at right now. You’re pissing me off, I’ve been nothing but professional to you motherfuckers and you’re doing this kind of bullshit, alright? Call me back, I’m fucking pissed."
The troubled fighter posted a somewhat incoherent reply on the mixedmartialarts.com Underground forum:
"Nobody wants to fight. Everybody is a skater now. Unlike the good old days when blood for blood was for the gallons. MfC promoter Mark Pavlich MARK PAVLICH MARK PAVLICH MARK PAVLICH MARK PAVLICH whatever his fucking name is called me last night threatening my life because I was going to fight on short notice at 185lbs in Strikeforce today an entire month before his mfc welterweight gold glittered diamond crested world championship of the whole universe. Now Scott Koker (who fucking rocks!) doesn’t want to get involved and can’t let me fight in his show. Thanks for being a complete fucking doosh bag Mark…thanks for threatening me and my friends and running me out 20,000$…pretty sweet for a blue collar fighter all about the fighters who is just trying to make some money for his unborn baby girl…but I’m the asshole! I’m always the asshole! Fuck you Big Brother. Fuck you corporate politics. And fuck you Jake Shields for being a punk ass bitch. Somebody run into me on the fucking Street…P-L-E-A-S-E. Here’s to Victory Athletics and Team Scrub. Some Real Soldiers who aren’t afraid to stand up in battle. Fuck all the affliction wearing poser’s that don’t even remotely know the direction to…the…."Skate…Park."Master"
It looks like all of the name-calling and threats are water under the bridge, which gives us a glimmer of hope that Ben and Dana will some day kiss and make up.
Equally as surprising as Fickett’s MFC return is who the Shine Fights lightweight grand prix champ will face in his first bout: the promotion’s lightweight champ, Antonio McKee, who left to test the bigger, more fruitful waters of the UFC.
"I would have liked to have fought a lot more, but unfortunately it’s hard for promoters to get fights for me as you all know. My style is impeccable. A lot of people don’t like it say it boring or it’s this and that , but whatever. When I get pissed off I split heads open, bust up elbows and dislocate arms. Now we in the UFC where the get down is to get down. We make a little bit more more money…actually A LOT more money than I was makin’ with the MFC. That’s not sayin’ anything bad about the MFC, but I was out of their budget for the type of entertainment that they wanted from me. Now that I’ve stepped into the UFC, their budget is phenomenal. So I’m tryin’ to get all that extra pay-per-view money. I’m tryin’ to get the Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night – I’ve got something to go in there and fight for now. I’m gonna have some fun, baby."
An uncharacteristically sedate Pavelich responded to McKee’s comments without much venom.
"Me and Antonio always got along real well, so…I don’t know [why he didn't feel that I gave him incentive to go out and fight]. It’s great that he sees himself in that organization. They didn’t give him the time of day until I made him sexy. He didn’t make himself sexy. Mark Pavelich and the Maximum Fighting Championship made him sexy. No one would give him the time of day; no one wanted to sign him. I signed him and I put him in the right scenarios. The rest is history. I wish him the best of luck in his career. I’ll read about [his fight]. I probably won’t watch it."
I guess he read about "Mandingo" losing to Jacob Volkmann and getting dropped by the UFC, since he re-signed him to a new contract within a week.
Maybe he heard about it on The Tonight Show.