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Mike Swick headed back to middleweight division

Mike Swick headed back to middleweight division

When it comes to changing weight-classes the story usually involves an undersized fighter interested in slimming down to gain a competitive advantage. However, UFC welterweight Mike Swick is doing the opposite in hopes of the same result.

According to a recent Tweet from Swick, he will be abandoning his current divisional home and heading back to middleweight where he started his career.

“I wanna come back at a big and healthy 185. No more sickly 170 for me,” exclaimed Swick.

Swick was 5-1 in the Octagon at middleweight before making the move to 170 pounds. He started his run out with a 4-0 mark before dropping three of four contests including a December knockout to Matt Brown. He has not fought since, though clearly Swick is looking for action in the immediate future. The 33-year old holds an overall record of 15-5 including eleven wins by way of stoppage.

  • waitetr says:

    Be interesting to see if he still has a speed advantage @ 185 which I believe gave me much of his past success at this weight.

  • MCM says:

    I just hope he’s healthy. I’ma reserve judgement on his comeback for the first two fights or so just to see how he is. Mir was never supposed to walk again and he came back to challenge for the title, twice. So there’s hope Swick can make a career resurgence.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Glad to hear this, he never seemed as explosive at 170 as he was at 185, the level of competition has gone up quit a bit but I think he can still hang with a lot of MW fighters.

  • Screenplaya says:

    I usually am against fighters fighting above their optimal fighting weight, but in this case it might make sense. Swick is not going to be fighting for titles in either division, so I think the shallower pool of quality fighters that exists at MW might suit him better. And, since he is a fighter built to capitalize on speed, this could be a solid move.


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