Hieron Agrees to Fickett at Affliction 2
Former International Fight League welterweight champion Jay Hieron
(Pictures) has verbally accepted an offer to
take on Drew Fickett
(Pictures) at Affliction 2 “Day of
Reckoning” on Oct. 11 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las
Fickett’s manager, Alexander Oxendine of 2 A-T Media, confirmed his
client had been made an offer and negotiations are ongoing.
“We’re in discussion with a few organizations and Affliction is one
of them,” said Oxendine. “They are at the top of our list. As far
as Drew is concerned, he’s made a great turnaround with his life
and training. He is ready to move forward.”
Since his last UFC bout in April 2007, Fickett’s career has seemed
to be a rollercoaster ride outside of the cage.
An on-again off-again title bout against EliteXC welterweight
champion Jake Shields
(Pictures) never got off the ground due to
injuries to both participants, which led to scheduling difficulties
later down the road.
After a handful of failed attempts, EliteXC representatives said
Fickett’s “personal problems” had taken a toll on their
relationship with the wayward fighter, and they planned to release
him from his contract.
In June, Fickett attempted to step in and fight Luke
Stewart (Pictures) for a Strikeforce event in San
Jose, Calif. However, a battle over Fickett’s contract obligations
with Canada’s Maximum Fighting Championship and its owner Mark
Pavelich spilled onto the Internet, as the fighter had supposedly
already been booked for a July 25 MFC card.
“He’s ready to move forward and handle himself professionally,”
says Oxendine of Fickett’s last few months. “He wants to take his
fighting career seriously and to the next level.”
Fickett (35-6) has won five of his last six fights, including
victories over Mark Weir
(Pictures) and Spirit MC 176-pound champion
Lim (Pictures). On Aug. 8, Fickett churned out a
first-round submission over Joe Manzello after stumbling six days
earlier with a second-round loss to Richard
Villes (Pictures) at a RITC event in his native
Hieron, 32, is stepping in the ring after fielding offers from the
UFC, Elite XC and Strikeforce for his services. Hieron signed a
three-fight non-exclusive one-year deal with Affliction last
Friday. He joins Xtreme Couture teammates Mike Pyle
(Pictures) and Chris
Horodecki (Pictures) for the fledging promotion’s
second event on Oct. 11.
In June 2006, Hieron (15-4) found a home within the International
Fight League’s welterweight division. Rising through the ranks, the
Long Island native become one of the now-defunct organization’s
bigger stars before capturing their welterweight crown in December
2007. Hieron defended his crown only once against Mark Miller
(Pictures) in March before the ailing
promotion ceased operations.
Affliction 2 “Day of Reckoning” will be headlined by a heavyweight
tilt between top-five contenders Josh Barnett
(Pictures) and Andrei
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