September 17, 2006

by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
After a successful appearance at UFC 60, Mike Swick will face arguably his toughest test to date this Saturday. The former Ultimate Fighter season 1 contestant will put his four-fight UFC winning streak on the line against the always dangerous David “The Crow” Loiseau. Swick recently appeared on MMAWeekly SoundOff Radio to discuss his upcoming fight.

“Training has gone perfect so far. Everything is right where it needs to be,” said Swick. The American Kickboxing Academy fighter moved to San Jose, California five years ago and trains with other fighters such as Paul Buentello, Josh Thomson, and Trevor Prangley. “When you surround yourself with top level fighters, it’s always good for you because you learn so much on a daily basis.”

David Loiseau is coming off a loss to UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. “The Crow” is looking to rebound with a victory over the up-and-coming Swick. “He’s a very tough guy,” said Swick regarding his opponent. “I see him as being the number one contender of the UFC. I take him very seriously.”

“We have a couple of strategies of how to beat Loiseau and we’re going to keep trying them until something works,” added Swick. “There are definitely some chinks in his armor and we’re going to focus on those points.”

Although his last four fights have ended in the first round, Mike is training hard and is prepared to go the distance. “Conditioning is a big part of my training. You can never assume that you’re always going to have a quick fight. Conditioning, I think, is one of my strongest assets. We focus a lot on cardio and muscular endurance,” said Swick.

The only blemish on Mike Swick’s record is to former TUF housemate Chris Leben. The two met at WEC 9 where Swick dominated most of the fight until he was KOed by Leben. Mike was very confident that a rematch would happen in the future. “I know the Chris Leben fight is going to happen eventually,” answered Swick. “…Too many people want to see it. One way or another, it’s going to happen eventually. When it does happen, I’m going to be very happy.”

Assuming that he is successful this weekend, Swick commented on a possible title shot in the future. “That’s for the UFC to say, but I definitely want it for sure. I would take it in a heartbeat,” responded Mike. “Again, I’m not looking past this fight at all. Depending on how this fight goes and how I do, I guess it will be up to the UFC whether I deserve a title shot or night.”

UFC 63 is schedule for Saturday, September 23rd and will be headlined by the highly anticipated rematch between Matt Hughes and BJ Penn.