According to Fickett on the XFC release, “The sport isn’t about being a fighter. It’s about being a good person too. In my mind Jamie has become “Hollywood” and selfish. He’s in love with being a fighter. I fight because I like the sport. I wish more people took it seriously instead of just wearing a Tapout shirt and want to ‘flaunt being a fighter.”
Fickett and Varner are set to square off in the main event of XFC 16: High Stakes on Friday, February 10th.
Fickett and Varner came to know each other while competing in Arizona based promotions such as Rage In The Cage during the early 2000s. Despite crossing paths in their early years they never fought, instead Fickett was more of a mentor to Varner. Fickett has gone on to amass a 41-16 record with 30 wins by submission during his 12+ year mixed martial arts career. During this time he has notched wins over UFC veterans Kurt Pellegrino, Josh Koscheck and Josh Neer. Now the lightweights have come full circle and as they prepare for their showdown Fickett exclaims that he is “ready to rock”.
XFC 16 goes down from the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Tennessee and will air live on HDnet. In addition to the Fickett-Varner main event, XFC 16 features a middleweight clash with Josh Samman taking on Mikey Gomez and a female bout matching Heather Jo Clark against Marianna Kheyfets.