Antonio McKee’s return to the ring has put been temporarily put on hold due to a knee injury sustained in training meaning the outspoken lightweight will no longer be able to defend his Maximum Fighting Championship title this Friday night at MFC 28 against Drew Fickett. McKee last fought on New Year’s Day at UFC 125 resulting in a one-and-done stint inside the Octagon after falling by way of Split Decision to Jacob Volkmann.
Fickett will still see action at the event and has been linked to a bout with 15-2 grappler Matt Veach in a catch-weight clash at 160 pounds.
News of the change in circumstances was relayed to media by way of an official announcement from the organization.
Fickett is 40-13 in his career and was considered to be on his way to stardom with past wins over Kurt Pellegrino, Josh Koscheck, and Ken Florian before personal problems stymied his ascension in the sport. However, the 31-year old has won his last four fights including three in a single evening last September en route to winning Shine Fights’ 155-pound Grand Prix.
His opponent, Veach, has also emerged from the ring with his hands raised the last four times he’s entered it including a trio of decision victories. Fans may remember the teammate of Matt Hughes’ at H.I.T. Squad based on his recent run in the UFC where Veach debuted with an opening round TKO of Matt Grice before dropping back-to-back bouts including a submission loss to current lightweight champ Frank Edgar.
In addition to Fickett’s fight with Veach “MFC 28: Supremacy” will also feature in-ring appearances from notable names like Ryan Jimmo, Thomas Denny, and Rodney “Sho Nuff” Wallace. Fans can tune in to watch things unfold live on HDNet starting at 10:00 PM EST.