Riding high off of the success of The Ultimate Fighter and a devastating 20-second knockout of Alex Schoenauer on the show’s finale, Mike Swick returns to the Octagon on August 6th. Breaking the news on MMAWeekly Radio’s SoundOff, Swick is set to face two-time UFC veteran Keith Rockel at Ultimate Fight Night, the first broadcast of a new multi-show contract between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and SpikeTV.
Rockel is co-founder of the Massachusetts Submission Academy. He has earned his Black Belt in Judo and Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu under Gracie Black Belt Patrick Barbeiri.
With over six years of experience in mixed martial arts, Rockel is also part of Team Elite, which includes fellow UFC veterans Mike Brown and Jorge Rivera. He returns to the Octagon having lost his debut to Eugene Jackson at UFC 35, but winning his return bout at UFC 45 by choking out Chris Ligouri.
Rockel has a solid record of 11-4-1, with his only losses being to some fairly solid fighters in the aforementioned Jackson, Canadian standout Denis Kang, Pancrase mainstay Sanae Kikuta, and UFC veteran Charles McCarthy. He is also the current Ring of Fury Middleweight Champion.
A big theme of this first Ultimate Fight Night show is taking fighters from The Ultimate Fighter series and matching them up with UFC veterans. Some of the other pairings include: Josh Koscheck vs. Pete Spratt, Chris Leben vs. Patrick Cote, and Nate Quarry vs. Pete Sell. These should make for some very exciting matchups and serve as litmus tests for the up-and-coming fighters from the show.
Swick is no slouch himself, training with Crazy Bob Cook and a tremendous stable of fighters at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. He carries with him a stellar 5-1 professional record with his only loss, ironically, being to fellow Ultimate Fighter competitor Chris Leben at World Extreme Cagefighting.
Like the other bouts on Ultimate Fight Night, Swick’s fight with Rockel should be a tough test for him and show the world where he stands as a UFC fighter.