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Video Evidence: Drew Fickett Chokes (in a Good Way) at Shine Fights LW Tourney


(Fickett vs. Prater in the final. Props for all vids: YouTube/ZombieProphet MMA)

It took Drew Fickett all of seven minutes, 38 seconds of actual fighting to cut a swath through the Shine Fights lightweight tournament on Friday night. Three fights, three choke-out victories for the Arizona fighter now apparently billing himself as “The Night Rider.” By comparison, Carlo Prater – Fickett’s opponent in the final – had already lost a three-round split decision, then won a two-round majority scorecard verdict by the time they met up in the evening’s last bout. Can’t blame Prater for looking a little bit “over it” by the time he and Fickett locked horns, in light of that.

After the jump, check out Fickett’s road to the final, including his ugly arm-in guillotine on Charles “Kid Kaos” Bennett. Seriously guys, just pick a nickname and stick with it …


While it’s probably not totally accurate to describe this tournament as a “Grand Prix” – it was more of a “Pretty-OK Prix,” really – the embattled Shine Fights promotion may have exceeded expectations by simply pulling it off. That has to be considered a step in the right direction, I guess.

Despite an opening round loss to Rich Crunkilton, Prater got new life in the tourney after both Crunk and fellow quarterfinal winner Kyle Baker were forced out with injuries. Prater defeated alternate Charlie Brown to earn his date with Fickett.

All in all, the look of these videos make it seem like Shine Fights pulled off a halfway dcent broadcast here. Perhaps my ears are deceiving me, but I think I hear the lilting voice of former UFC play-by-play announcer Bruce Beck on the call. If so, bravo to Shine for dusting off one of MMA’s oft overlooked (and more competent) broadcasters. With Beck in the booth, all this PPV was missing was former UFC color commentator Jeff Blatnick calling every fight a “fuss-drating war of attrition.” Then we really would have been in business.

Anyway, if you’ve got a few minutes to spare, witness Fickett’s dominance over the field:

Fickett vs. Bennett (Fight goes dark at :57 – owing to a “poor signal” — but returns at the 1:55 mark):

Fickett vs. Dennis Bermudez:

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rockhuddy- September 11, 2010 at 7:08 pm
That jumping guillotine was awesome. Bennet went to sleep FAST.
netterbog- September 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm
Full props to Bennet for letting Fickett hang on his arm like that. Looked lilke something out of Conan, and I swear Bennet was thinking he could swing Fickett around like a club before dropping him. Get that boy into TUF!
Deadpanda- September 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Good on Fickett. It's nice to see he's getting over alcohol. He's so talented & such a great personality that it was a shame to see him on his loosing streak. Bring it back Knight Rider!
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm
It sucks krazy horse didnt make the tryouts for TUF this season, that would have been thoroughly entertaining. the guy is nuckin futs
Ballkick- September 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm
@Aokiplata
Yep I did miss that.
Miles- September 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm
ya I think it was the combination of the body triangle and a head crank that made him tap
Aokiplata- September 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm
@Ballkick

He was really cranking on that body triangle. Could have tapped due to that.
Ballkick- September 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Fickett Vs Burmudez, didn't look like the choke was set in,.....didn't think he was gonna tap....did i miss something?
FreddyFangers- September 11, 2010 at 11:21 am
How sad was it that dude from Boondock Saints was doing the post-fight interviews...
Merlin- September 11, 2010 at 11:17 am
I've always liked "Knight Ryder". And after losing 5 in a row it was either time for him to quit or turn it all around.
Not that most of these guys weren't tomato can's but man its so hard not to feel happy for him.

And 1st ... what am I the only DF fan here?
With 25 of his 40 wins via some kinda choke what's not to like?
2DaDeath- September 11, 2010 at 11:13 am
Crazy Horse needs to get himself a win streak first before he decides to fuck himself by showboating.
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