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Drew Fickett Aiming To Show Varner What MMA Is Really About

When veteran lightweight Drew Fickett meets Jamie Varner this weekend in the main event of XFC 16, he’ll be motivated by more than just a recent slump, he’ll be looking to teach a lesson.

With a pro record of 41-16 that began 1999, Fickett has seen the inside of a ring or cage more times than most and he feels like he has an idea of how the sport of MMA should be viewed and represented. In his eyes, Varner — a fighter whom he considers to have been a student of his — doesn’t fall in line with that and it’s on his shoulders to show him the error of his ways.

“I just want to set things straight,” Fickett said through a press release. “It just sucks. I mentored the kid and now I have to beat his ass. Hopefully I can, to teach him a lesson. The sport isn’t about being a fighter. It’s about being a good person too. In my mind Jamie has become ‘Hollywood’ and selfish. He’s in love with being a fighter. I fight because I like the sport. I wish more people took it seriously instead of just wearing a Tapout shirt and want to ‘flaunt being a fighter.’

“There is a lot of animosity on my part because I’ve mentored a lot of kids like Efrain Escudero and Dominick Cruz and they’ve gone on to do big things, but they’ve had moments of being starstuck. I came up the hard way. I made it into the UFC after 27 fights. I like the sport and I wish and hope that fighters would respect the fact that they are athletes and realize it’s not about being all glamorous. It’s about being an athlete and a good person. At the end of the day I have nothing but love for Jamie but I want to beat his ass as a spectacular athlete not a ‘fighter’.”

Fickett gets the chance to serve up Varner the dose of humility he thinks he needs this Friday night at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee; the fight will air live on HDNet.