August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Swick reacts after knocking out Damarques Johnson during the welterweight match at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
If you're Swick and tired of fighters who only compete once a year, I think I have a "quick" solution.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight warrior Mike Swick, who triumphantly returned to action with a technical knockout win over DaMarques Johnson earlier this month in Los Angeles, is already planning on "getting back in there" after his extended layoff.
And after two years on the sidelines, he's got a lot of catching up to do.
As one of the original Ultimate Fighter (TUF) contestants, who made his Octagon debut as a middleweight, Swick has suffered from multiple setbacks stemming from recurring health problems that almost ended his career.
After the jump, the Texan talks to It's Time with Bruce Buffer (via Sherdog Radio) about "getting back into the rythym," and how he's already trying to "get a fight soon."
Check it out.
"I just had to get a little ring rust out and get back into the rhythm. That’s what I’m trying to do now is get these fights and get back in there. I never gave up. I definitely thought that there’s a chance it might not happen, that the body wouldn’t hold up or I wasn’t going to be able to make that return, but I also pushed for it as if it was possible and just hoped and worked hard. Each day I got better and better. I did a lot of research and figured out the diet, and once I got that, I felt great. Then I knew I was coming back. I should be back doing cardio and training like maybe a week after [a knee procedure]. It’s just a small sidetrack, and then hopefully I can get a fight soon. I want to get back in there."
Prior to his UFC on FOX 4 return, Swick was the victim of back-to back defeats to Dan Hardy, when he was outstruck at UFC 105, and Paulo Thiago, when he was choked unconscious at UFC 109. Not that you would have noticed in his latest "Knockout of the Night" performance.
So where does he go from here?
It's matchmaking time, Maniacs, so let's hear where Swick fits into the 170-pound division and who you, as a fan, would like to see him fight next.