Varner (18-6-1), a former WEC lightweight champion, has recently signed a three fight contract with the XFC. Varner is coming off a successful debut with the Florida based mixed martial arts promotion as he needed just 69 seconds to knockout Nate Jolly at XFC 14 in October.
Fickett (41-16) will be making his XFC debut after competing in many leading promotions over his 12 year MMA career. A submission specialist, Fickett has recorded an incredible 30 wins by submission. He is the only fighter to submit Josh Koscheck, plus he has notched wins over notables Kenny Florian, Josh Neer, Kurt Pellegrino and Carlo Prater.
XFC President John Prisco is thrilled to be able to bring the fight to the Knoxville Civic Auditorium Coliseum, “Fickett vs. Varner is a fight I was actually surprised hadn’t happened yet. With their storied careers and bad blood this fight has to happen and I’m proud to have it as our main event in Knoxville.”