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Report: UFC signs Mike Swick to new contract


The Ultimate Fighting Championship has signed welterweight competitor Mike Swick to a new contract, according to a report in the April 10 print edition of the Wrestling Observer.

Neither Swick or the UFC has issued an official comment.

The first fight of Swick’s new deal is scheduled to take place on June 7 at UFC 85 in London, where he will face fellow welterweight Marcus Davis, who is on the heels of an 11 fight win streak.

Swick entered the UFC after appearing on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality television series on Spike TV. During the show, Swick competed as a light heavyweight but moved back to his natural weight class of 185 pounds after knocking out Alex Schoenauer in 20 seconds of round 1 during the live season finale.

In seven career fights in the UFC, Swick boasts an impressive record of 6-1 with notable victories over Joe Riggs, David Loiseau, and Gideon Ray.

He made his debut as a welterweight at UFC Fight Night 12 this past January in response to his first UFC loss to Yushin Okami in his native Houston at UFC 69. At UFN 12, Swick’s welterweight debut was met with mixed results. While he was victorious in recording a split decision victory over Josh Burkman, his performance during the bout was panned by various pundits.

Swick trains out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., and his reported decision to re-sign with the UFC comes on the heels of training partner and fellow welterweight competitor Josh Koscheck’s decision to re-sign with the promotion. Koscheck’s new contract with the UFC was first reported by this website several weeks ago.

  • matt says:

    The UFC is almost forced to resign Swick because he’s a name. They can’t afford to lose him to Pro-Elite because they spent so much time building him up. At the same time he is a talented fighter and should probably move back to 185 due to the lack of depth in that division. AKA has 2 people at the top of WW and there is no room for Swick.

  • NickRE says:

    I agree with him needing to move back to 185 unless he looks spectacular against Davis. He looked horrible against Burkman and I can’t help but wonder if it was due to the cut. He said he cut too much early and would cut differently next time so hopefully he will look like his old self again. Also like someone else mentioned AKA is stacked with 170’s and they won’t fight each other so he might as well go back to 185.

  • Rich S. says:

    “He looked horrible against Burkman”

    first of all..
    Swick admitted to cutting weight incorrectly.. i’m sure that won’t happen again.. especially since Davis is an even more dangerous opponent, in my eyes..

    and second of all..
    when you think about it, Swick didn’t look bad in the fight w/ Burkman..
    he countered Burkman very well, well enough not to get caught, or even hit really.. and he snuffed all of the takedowns [which was even harder considering that Burkman knew ONE takedown could give him the fight] and showed good power when he was up against the cage defending..

    it was a good fight for him.. just not exciting.. he’ll need to counter Davis to survive.. because his hands are unbelievable.. swick will have to be patient in this fight..

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    To me he looked tired and not nearly as strong as his fights at 185. He won, but not decisively. Maybe it was the way he cut, and maybe because it’s too much of a stretch for him to fight welter weight. We’ll see.

  • Jason Brewer says:

    If they were smart they would worry less about signing Swick and Koscheck and more about signing Arlovski and finding some other heavyweights that are worth a damn.


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