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.