Mike Swick Returns to The Octagon For The First Time Since 2012 at UFC 189 Against Alex Garcia

April 7, 2015
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Mike “Quick” Swick (15-5) will return to action for the first time since December 2012 on July 11 at UFC 189 against Alex Garcia (12-2). UFC officials made the announcement on Tuesday.

Swick, a member of the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” has spent most of the last two and a half years in Thailand where he’s built an American Kickboxing Academy affiliate gym, AKA Thailand, in Phuket.

The 31-year-old has had long periods of inactivity in his career. After losing to Paulo Thiago in February 2010, Swick was sidelined until August 2012 while he recovered from a stomach aliment. In his last outing, he was knocked out by Matt Brown at UFC on Fox 5.

Garcia had a six-fight winning streak snapped in his last Octagon appearance, losing to Neil Magny by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 49 in August. He’s hoping to rebound from his first UFC loss.

UFC 189 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 11 and features two title fights. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo faces top contender Conor McGregor in the fight card’s featured bout while welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler faces Rory MacDonald in the co-main event.

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  • Darin

    Great to see Swick back. I always like watching him fight.

    • shakejunt

      agreed. hoping he can stay healthy for a few more fights before retiring.

      • Gary Fredericks

        If he lives through this one.

        • shakejunt

          i want him to do well, but i’ll be picking against him here for sure. i don’t trust his chin.

          • Gary Fredericks

            I feel the same way. If he is going to fight, I too hope he does well. He has had some very fun and entertaining fights over the years and I am a fan of his. I just think he is one of the unfortunately talented but cursed people that illness and injury has robbed the golden era of his career….and that really sucks. Dom Cruz, same there too. Some fellas just get the raw end of the deal when it comes to health. Massive heart and desire installed in a wrong, incapable chassis.

  • Gary Fredericks

    This is one of those “PLEASE STOP NOW BEFORE YOU PERMANENTLY HURT YOURSELF!” moments. The guy was awesome to watch, but man, please stay out of the octagon Mike! The game has changed since your last fight 3 yrs ago, which was the only 1 in the last, what…5 years???