Injuries have plagued Swick for the last few years, most recently a knee injury that knocked him out of a scheduled fight with Erick Silva at UFC 134 in Brazil.
Prior to that, Swick was dealing with a esophageal spasms and acid reflux, which was originally misdiagnosed by doctors before the real ailment got dealt with.
Now on the shelf for the last 24 months, Swick is still gunning for a return and has stayed in contact with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, but UFC President Dana White isn’t sure when he could be back fighting again.
“I know Joe Silva has (talked to him),” said White following UFC 143 on Saturday. “Swick hurts himself when he gets out of bed in the morning, everyday. I love Swick he’s one of my favorite guys, but he’s Mr. Glass.”
Swick has stayed busy outside the fight game however.
He still conducts MMA seminars on a regular basis and has also started his own screen printing shop called Spartan Printing out of San Jose, Calif.
Unfortunately, his return date to the UFC is unknown at this time.
Swick’s career is starting to mirror another famously talented UFC fighter whose body simply never allowed him to get back to top form after a run towards a title just a couple of years earlier.
David Terrell was an unbelievably gifted fighter, who knocked out Matt Lindland in only his sixth professional fight. He lost in his bid to win the UFC middleweight title when he was TKO’d by Evan Tanner in 2005 at UFC 51.
Following that fight, Terrell fought once more with a submission win over Scott Smith in April 2006 at UFC 59 before injuries prevented him from ever fighting again.
Injuries kept Terrell from taking his next 3 scheduled fights in the UFC before the promotion eventually released him from his contract. He now teaches and trains fighters out of Northern California, but never returned to fighting himself.
Obviously, Swick has shown every indication that he plans to return, but when or where that might be remains unknown.