Former UFC fighter Drew Fickett emerged as the winner of Shine Fights one night lightweight grand-prix this evening, and barely broke a sweat in the process.
In the end Fickett took a combined time of just 7 minutes and 38 seconds to finish all three of his opponents to claim the top prize of $50,000.
His night started his evening with a fight against Charles ‘Crazy Horse’ Bennett, and produced a guillotine choke victory after just 3.34mins.
Fickett then made short work of his semi-final opponent Dennis Bermudez who had produced a slight upset over Shannon Gugerty in his first fight. This time a rear-naked choke 2.02mins into the opening round was enough to secure Fickett a place in the final.
Meanwhile the quarter-finals had proven much more grueling for the other competitors, and neither of the other quarter final winners Rich Crunkilton or Kyle Baker were able to compete in the semis.
That left alternate Charlie Brown to fight Carlo Prater to decide the other finalist, and it was Prater who did enough to secure a majority decision win.
Fickett was clearly the fresher of the two men in the final, and wasted no time in taking a tired Prater down and applying yet another rear-naked choke to emerge as the overall winner of the grand-prix.
2009 was a grim year for Fickett who had gone 0-5 during that period, but in the space of one evening’s work he’s now 4-0 in 2010, taking the 30 year-old’s career record to 40-13.