Sherdog is reporting that Jay Hieron has verbally agreed to a bout against Drew Fickett at Affliction: Day of Reckoning in Las Vegas in October. Fickett has yet to come to an agreement with Affliction and his manager notes that negotiations are ongoing. Should he sign, however, it appears that he will be facing off against Hieron in a 170 lbs. matchup.
Hieron last fought on an IFL show in April, recording a TKO victory over Mark Miller in the first round and defending his welterweight title in the process. He has steamrolled through his competition inside the IFL and Fickett would be a great test for him to see just how far he’s come.
Fickett has won five out of his last six fights and has been at the center of a lot of controversy over the past couple of months. An ill-fated EliteXC fight against Jake Shields never took place due to injuries to both combatants at different times which led to scheduling issues for the fight. Fickett also tried to step in and fight Luke Stewart at a Strikeforce event in June but was already booked for a fight with Mark Pavelich’s MFC promotion in Canada on July 25.
What resulted from the scheduling mixup was nothing short of ridiculous as Pavelich trashed Fickett on various MMA forums and also left a scathing and now infamous voicemail on Fickett’s phone which made its rounds on the internet as well. According to his management, Fickett is back on track with his MMA career and is now looking forward to taking his career and training to the next level. Let’s hope so.
As for Affliction, this is a pretty damn good fight for them to put together if Fickett signs considering the lack of welterweight talent outside of the UFC right now. When Hieron signed with them earlier this month, one of the things that was harped on was who his opponents would be considering the lack of depth at welterweight outside the UFC. Fickett is a very good opponent who poses a lot of problems and if they can put this fight together then they’ve done more than I think most people thought they’d be able to do for Hieron’s first fight.