Drew Fickett returns to Combat Zone

| June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments


Manchester, NH — June 30th marks the 62nd event held under the Combat Zone brand and their 3rd at their new home of the Raddison in Manchester, New Hampshire. The story of the event is undoubtedly the return of UFC, and Pride Veteran Drew Fickett. The journeyman of over 70 professional fights worldwide makes his long awaited return to the Combat Zone cage that started his career within the worlds most prestigious fight league. The UFC.


Thirteen years almost to the date, Fickett returns to the Combat Zone cage once again against an up and coming New England star. More than a decade ago, it was Kenny Florian Local BJJ black belt. At only 2-0 Florians’ then manager Joe Cavallaro had the eyes of Dana White set on the future UFC star. White had his eyes on the Tuscon, Arizona native Fickett for his new reality TV show “The Ultimate Fighter”. It wasn’t exactly fate that put the two together rather the criminal record that Fickett possessed that excluded him from TUF. Almost a blessing in disguise, Fickett was offered to fight Florian at Combat Zone 7 under the watchful eye of UFC president, Dana White.


Fickett was victorious in a split decision over Florian in his hometown of Boston and received a UFC contract after the bout. Fickett became a top five welterweight in the UFC and once regarded as a contender for the welterweight title after a win over Josh Koscheck. Fickett’s troubled past cost him his contract with the UFC and sent him back to the local scene. Now, at 37 years old, Drew Fickett has “got his shit together” and looks to make his return to the cage after a two-year lay-off. His last bout a losing effort at the legs of Luis Felix in CES.


Fickett puts it bluntly, “I’ve been working my ass off, I’m in better shape than him, my cardio is great, and I feel the best I’ve ever been. I’ve watched some tape on Cruz and I don’t think there is anything he brings to the table that is a problem for me. His best shot would have been a decision over me if I weren’t in shape but I’m coming into this in top shape. I’m going to choke his ass out!”


When asked about his return to Boston and the New England area, Drew stated “ I love Boston, I always love coming back there, I have a few friends their in Dan Bonnell and Rick Caldwell among others but they have real fans, not just the guys walking around wearing Tapout shirts asking if you “Do UFC”, Boston fans are actually educated on fighting and know what they’re watching.”


What can we expect from the former UFC alum who’s lost more bouts than he’s won in his last eight appearances? Is he back to his old self or will he continue a spiral into retirement that some fighters just don’t know when to quit?

By the looks of Ficketts training regimen and his seriousness towards this bout, coupled with his pedigree of over 70 bouts it’s just so hard to count him out.


Drew Fickett comes to the Radisson Inn in Manchester, NH for Combat Zone 62 to battle Lucas Cruz June 30th in the Main event. For tickets visit czmma.com



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