"I had to pull out of the March 29 fight due to a back injury. I just wanted to apologize to EliteXC, Drew Fickett and of course the fans. Pulling out of this fight is not something I wanted to do, but I'll be back stronger. It's just a minor setback and I'll be taking the title soon. Thanks to to everyone for all of the support."
-- EliteXC welterweight contender Jake Shields -- one of the best 170-pound fighters on the planet -- shares his thoughts via his MySpace on withdrawing from the vacant title fight with Drew Fickett last Saturday. Fickett went on to beat the replacement -- Jae Suk Lim -- in pretty dominating fashion. Afterwards, Shields was called to the ring and it was announced that the two would finally get it on for the belt June 14 in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the Blaisdell Arena. EliteXC Lightweight Champion KJ Noons is also set to defend his EliteXC lightweight belt against Yves Edwards that night.