Drew Fickett inebriated, fails pre-fight physical

Former top ranked welterweight Drew Fickett failed his pre-fight physical and was not allowed to compete this past Saturday at Rage in the Cage 129 in Glove, Arizona.

Fickett was scheduled to take on one-time PRIDE competitor Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch but the featured bout was canceled when Fickett showed up inebriated for his physical.

According to Ritch, Fickett submitted to a Breathalizer test and was considered legally drunk.

Attempts to secure a replacement were unsuccessful, but Ritch was paid his fight purse in full.

Fickett in 2005 was considered one of the best welterweights in the world and last year was close to fighting Jake Shields for the EliteXC belt. From April 1999 through June 2008, Fickett's MMA record was 34-5 with victories over Josh Koscheck, Josh Neer, Kurt Pellegrino and Kenny Florian. He has since lost seven of his last nine fights.

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