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Fickett vs Bennett Set for Shine Fights’ Opening Round

Written on September 01, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The fans got it! UFC Veteran Drew Fickett will meet the always entertaining Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett in an opening-round match up of "Shine Fights: Lightweight Grand Prix." To whom you'll put your bet on?

Fans of Shine Fights chose a first tournament match up between Drew Frickett and Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, and was officially announced by the organization today. They will meet in an opening-round tourney of Shine Fights’ single night, eight-man lightweight match, that will take place on September 10 at the Patriot Center, in Fairfax, Virginia. Unfortunately, Josh Shockley was scratched from the field due to injury. Fickett just snapped a five-fight losing streak recently, and redeemed it all with a victory over Derrick Nobleat in a XKL event in Minnesota. Bennett, on the other hand, anchors a 7-4 in his record but hasn’t won any fight via decision for the past six years. Other participants for the tournament includes Richard Crunkilton, Carlo Prater, James Warfield, Marcus Aurelio and Hector Munoz.

The Virginia State Athletic commission will oversee the event under the Nevada State Athletic Commission rules. The two first rounds will have two five-minute rounds, plus a three-minute overtime. A three five-minute rounds is set for finale.

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Florian’s Boss Notes: He Chokes in the Big Fights

Written on August 30, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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Kenny Florian was just three rounds away from losing another lightweight title shot, and he did nothing to alter the outcome.

His boss and the rest of his native Boston chorused disappointment after he dejectedly walked away from the cage. UFC president Dana White commented, “I hate to say this because I don’t want to take anything away from Gray Maynard, but I think Kenny is just one of those guys who chokes in big fights.”

White spoke out of his knowledge of the athlete. He said he has known him to be “unbelievable. Kenny’s ground is unbelievable. Kenny usually kicks guys to the body and legs so hard that he busts guys up.” But in the bout against Maynard, he lost all of that.

Now White was questioning Florian’s mettle amidst tough fights. He said that if the fighter goes back to fight the mid-level guys, he is going to beat them like a freight train. “But the big fights? He crumbles, man.” White ended by saying that indeed, Maynard dominated the night as Florian sat watching his opponent beat him to his defeat.

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