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Mike Swick returns out of nowhere, takes on Alex Garcia at UFC 189

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After almost a three-year absence from professional face punching, Mike Swick will return to the Octagon against Alex Garcia at UFC 189, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11, 2015.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) made the announcement earlier this evening on its official website.

Swick more or less fell off the mixed martial arts (MMA) map after a technical knockout loss to Matt Brown back in Dec. 2012. It marked the third loss in his four most recent Welterweight appearances, dating back to 2009. "Quick" has intermittently teased a comeback, one that was put on hold numerous times thanks to health issues that included surgery on his esophagus.

An original The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) cast member, Swick vowed last year to return to Middleweight, where he enjoyed a 5-1 record inside the Octagon with four finishes, but it's unclear at this time since Garcia competes at 170 pounds.

Garcia is a three-fight Octagon veteran who had strung together back-to-back victories before he ran into Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 49 back in Aug. 2014. "Dominican Nightmare" is a full decade younger than Swick, but he has competed 10 more times since 2009.

Should be interesting.

The stacked UFC 189 championship doubleheader features reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo battling division No. 1 contender Conor McGregor, while Robbie Lawler puts his welterweight title on the line against 170-pound wunderkind Rory MacDonald.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC 189 fight card and rumors right now click here.

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