“Chief among those killing brain cells was mixed martial arts fighter Drew Fickett, whoâ€™d been keeping a steady pace since the night before. Shaking hands and buying drinks, he stumbled from table to table like the orangutan from the classic Clint Eastwood movie “Every Which Way But Loose”. Bottle after bottle, his mustache was never dry.Iâ€™m not sure why, but one of the Brazilian fighters refused to shake his hand. Fickett did not react well. Moments later, hotel security was dragging him away, shirtless and howling. A person nearby asked if there was a camera crew around filming a reality show……After the party had settled down, I decided to hit the sack and headed up to my room. The last thing I expected when the elevator doors opened on my floor was to find myself face-to-face with a shirtless, weeping Drew Fickett. Nevertheless, there I was and there was he, the fighter who had knocked out Josh Koscheck with a flying knee, Drew Fickett, shirtless and weeping.
I canâ€™t say for certain what my facial expression told him that night but I can tell you this: He didnâ€™t like it.
â€œF*ck you! You motherf*cker!â€? he shouted.
The â€œfight or flightâ€? instinct kicked in.
I chose flight.
Thankfully, one of Fickettâ€™s handlers was there to restrain him. Seizing my opportunity to escape, I headed for my room, speed-walking with the panicked intensity of a frightened ostrich. Fumbling madly for the hotel room key-card, images floated through my mind of a scrambling fight to the finish with a weeping, whisky-breathed cage fighter. Seconds later, I was safely behind a locked door, peering out through the peep-hole like a cornered rat in a hole. Fickett was in the hallway. I wondered if the door was strong enough.
As an extra precaution I took the liberty of calling the front desk. â€œDrew Fickett chased me into my room,â€? I said. â€œYou might want to send someone up here.â€?
â€œWe know,â€? the voice replied, sounding exasperated. â€œWeâ€™ve gotten three calls already about it. Security is on the way.â€?
– Bodog MMA Insider author recalls his run-in with UFC fighter Drew Fickett at the Abu Dhabi World Submission Wrestling Championships. Fickett will be fighting at UFC 73 on July 7th filling in for an injured Jeff Joslin. For more on UFC 73 visit our UFC rumors section.