Sometimes the road through life takes unforeseen twists and turns. It did in a big way this week.
Antonio McKee won the Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight title by defeating Derrick Noble at MFC 20 in early 2009. He fought two more times for the promotion before making the jump to prove himself in the UFC.
Drew Fickett was heading for the MFC in 2008, but a public falling out between him and MFC president Mark Pavelich ended badly. Fickett and Pavelich parted ways.
Now, the turns of fate have both headed back to Canada to fight each other, for Pavelich, at MFC 28.
Time really must heal all wounds.
McKee (25-4-2) got one shot in the Octagon. He lost a split decision to Jacob Volkmann at UFC 125 and was sent packing.
McKee will put his lightweight title on the line for the second time on Feb. 25 when he returns to the MFC.
Fickett (40-13) went on a 2-8 yearlong skid after his falling out with Pavelich in 2008. He has since turned his career around, winning four straight fights, including three fights in one night last September, winning the Shine Fights Lightweight Grand Prix.
McKee vs. Fickett will serve as the co-main event at MFC 28: Supremacy at the River Cree Resort and Casino, just outside Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It will air live on HDNet Fights.
Undefeated strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends against surging Brazilian powerhouse Jessica Andrade in the UFC 211 co-main event. read news >>
Amanda Nunes will headline UFC’s “International Fight Week” festivities for the second year in a row when she puts her UFC women’s bantamweight title on the line against Valentina Shevchenko in the U read news >>
Anderson Silva posted a somewhat confusing defense of his decision to remove himself from consideration for UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro. read news >>
On the surface, Stipe Miocic has been his normal, happy-go-lucky self headed into UFC 211. Behind the closed doors of his fight camp, however, you couldn't blame Miocic for feeling added urgency. The read news >>
Will Anderson Silva hang up his gloves? One of his managers doesn’t think so, but the UFC might have a tough time convincing Silva to get back in the octagon for a while.Filed under: Featured, News, read news >>
UFC president Dana White on Tuesday confirmed that the next season of The Ultimate Fighter will launch the women's flyweight division and crown a champion. read news >>
UFC president Dana White admits to why he lost his target date for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. read news >>
If UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes want to stage comebacks, Bellator President Scott Coker is certainly willing to hear them out.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>
Take a look at this week rankings to see what’s at stake ahead of a stacked UFC 211 that features two title bouts and a boat load of top-10 fighters.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Bellator, MMA Rankings read news >>
UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has an unmistakable swagger that intimidates opponents before the fight ever begins. She's elevated herself in the UFC because of her mental and physical a read news >>