MMA fighter Drew Fickett, who normally competes at welterweight, took out three men in one night to become the Shine Lightweight Grand Prix winner.
A veteran of 53 mixed martial arts contests, Fickett was one of eight men in the Shine Lightweight Grand Prix. He advanced past the first round of the tournament with a first round submission (guillotine choke) win over Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett. Other fighters knocked out of the first round were Shannon Gugerty, Brian van Hovan and James Warfield. Carlo Prater was defeated in the first round via split decision by Rich Crunkilton but was allowed to advance when Crunkilton was deemed unfit to continue on. Fickett then took out Dennis Bermudez via first round rear naked choke to advance to the tournament finals. Tournament alternate Charlie Brown was called up to face Prater after Kyle Baker was unable to continue fighting and was defeated via split decision, pushing Prater into the finals against Fickett. Again, Fickett needed only one round to dispatch his opponent, finishing Prater via rear naked choke to win the night.
Fickett, who holds notable wins over Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian, Kurt Pellegrino and Josh Neer had recently rebounded from a five-fight losing streak and a string of inconsistent performances before entering the tournament. Once regarded as one of the brightest welterweight prospects in the game, Fickett announced simply, “I’m back,” after winning the tournament.