The main card of the network television broadcasted UFC on Fox 4: "Shogun vs. Vera" event from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Sat., Aug. 4, 2012, kicked off with a welterweight scuffle that featured the long awaited return of Mike Swick against DaMarques Johnson.
Swick spent two years away from the game dealing with a mix of injuries and bad luck but came in eager to erase the memory of the two-fight skid he was on before bailing. Johnson was tasked with getting in the way of that, though he's been on a rollercoaster ride dating back to his Ultimate Fighter Finale loss.
This might as well have represented Johnson getting violently thrown from it.
That's because Swick made a successful return to the Octagon with a crushing second round knockout. We're not talking about a technical stoppage because the referee had to make a judgement call. We're talking one monster right hand coming down on Johnson's head that put him to sleep.
That 100-percent came through. Welcome back to the UFC, "Quick." We missed you.
Johnson came out extremely relaxed, maybe a little too much. That's because Swick came across the middle with a hard right hand that had DaMarques seeing darkness and on wobbly legs. He recovered, though, and even came back with a few solid punches of his own.
Swick looked for knees from the clinch but ended up off balance and on his back. He got back to his feet in short order, however, and they just started throwing bombs at each other against the cage. Both guys were landing solid shots until Johnson tripped Swick to the floor and took his back. That led to a transition to full mount with a full minute and a half remaining in the opening round.
Swick worked hard to battle out and survived to the end of the frame. What a way to reintroduce himself.
The second round began and it looked like Swick lost his wind. It didn't matter, though. He caught a kick and sent Johnson to the floor. He came down right behind it with a big punch that knocked Johnson out cold.
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