An EliteXC welterweight title bout between Jake Shields (20-4-1) and Drew Fickett (33-5) scheduled for June 14th in Hawaii has again been postponed, this time due to a knee injury suffered by Fickett.
EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw announced the latest setback in a recent interview with MMA Weekly:
“Obviously the back injury happened (to Shields) and the easiest thing to do was move him to Hawaii to fight Drew. Unfortunately since then Drew Fickett has hurt his knee and heâ€™s not going to be able to take that fight on June 14 and that will be rescheduled again.”
A March 29th scrap for the title at an EliteXC and Strikeforce co-promoted event was postponed after Shields suffered a then-undisclosed injury that forced him to withdraw from the fight.
Depending upon the severity of Fickett’s injury, the bout may be rescheduled as a co-main event for EliteXC’s second primetime event on CBS on July 26th.
Fickett is a seven-fight UFC veteran who had secured four victories inside the octagon. Following his last UFC fight, a win over Keita Nakamura in early-2007, Fickett won back-to-back fights in late-2007 to earn a shot at the EliteXC Welterweight Title. Fickett remained on the March 29th card after Shields withdrew from the title bout and defeated Jae Suk Lim via first round submission.
Shields is a former Shooto champion and current Rumble on the Rock titleholder and has coached notable mixed martial artists Nick Diaz and Gilbert Melendez. He is 20-4-1 in his professional career and is currently riding a nine-fight win streak which includes a November submission victory over Mike Pyle.
Headlining the June 14th event, which will air on Showtime, is an EliteXC lightweight bout between current champion KJ Noons and challenger Yves Edwards. Nick Diaz versus Muhsin Corbbrey, Murilo â€œNinjaâ€ Rua versus Tony Bonello, Rafael Feijao versus Wayne Cole, and Dave Herman versus Ron Waterman have also been announced for the main, televised card.