Mike Swick (born June 19, 1979 in Houston, Texas) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as a welterweight. He trains at American Kickboxing Academy. Swick is also another notable user of the Guillotine Choke which has most times been referred to as the "Swickotine" by Joe Rogan as well as others.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Swick began his professional career in smaller shows, including early events of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). He amassed a record of 5–0 before challenging Chris Leben for the WEC Middleweight Championship. He lost the fight by knockout in 45 seconds in the second round.
The Ultimate FighterEdit
After his first professional loss, Swick entered the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality television series produced by the UFC. Swick participated as a light heavyweight on Randy Couture's team. Ironically, Chris Leben also participated as Swick's teammate. Leben insisted on talking about his victory over Swick, which irritated him. Swick's first fight in the show came during the semi-finals. He faced Stephan Bonnar, but was defeated by triangle armbar at 4:55 of the first round, eliminating him from the show.
At The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale, Swick defeated Alex Schoenauer by knockout just 20 seconds into the first round, earning the nickname "Quick" from UFC announcer Mike Goldberg. Though he had lost the show, Swick signed a contract with the UFC.
In the UFCEdit
Swick lived up to his nickname with several quick stoppages in his subsequent fights. At UFC Ultimate Fight Night Swick stopped Gideon Ray by technical knockout in just 22 seconds. He followed up with two first-round guillotine choke submissions over Steve Vigneault and Joe Riggs at UFC 58 and UFC 60 respectively. Swick jokingly called the move his "Swick-otine". At UFC 63 Swick faced former title challenger David Loiseau and earned a unanimous decision victory. He suffered ligament damage to his hand during the fight.
Swick's first UFC defeat came at UFC 69, losing by unanimous decision to Japanese middleweight Yushin Okami. He had Okami noticeably rattled toward the end of the second round with a flurry of punches, but ultimately succumbed to Okami's superior wrestling and physical presence, as he was taken down comfortably and suffered an onslaught of ground and pound for the majority of the fight. Chris Leben was then asked to fight a rematch with Swick at UFC Fight Night 11, but Leben turned down the fight, later claiming that his management turned down the fight without his knowledge. Swick was then scheduled to fight Jonathan Goulet, but withdrew from the fight due to a rib injury.
Drop to welterweightEdit
Swick dropped down to welterweight and headlined UFC Fight Night 12 against Josh Burkman, winning by majority decision. Swick next appeared at UFC 85 against Marcus Davis, who was riding a six-fight win streak in the UFC coming into the bout. Swick controlled the fight with disciplined striking skills en route to a unanimous decision victory. He next faced Jonathan Goulet at UFC: Fight for the Troops. Swick opened up with a characteristically aggressive flurry of punches, knocking Goulet out on his feet. Swick rushed in with ground strikes before the referee stopped the fight.
Swick next faced Ben Saunders at UFC 99. After he reversed Saunders' takedown attempt with a quick sprawl and takedown of his own, Saunders held Swick in his guard for several minutes, stifling any offense and prompting Swick to taunt him for stalling. In the second round Swick's hands loosened up and he dropped Saunders with a clean straight right after landing a few punches, following up with a quick flurry to round off an impressive performance. In the post fight interview, Swick pointed out his record of 9–1 in the UFC and announced his interest in a title shot.
Swick was scheduled to fight Martin Kampmann on September 19, 2009 at UFC 103. The winner was set to receive a title shot against Georges St. Pierre. However, this changed when it was announced on September 4 that Swick had suffered an injury while training and would be unable to fight Kampmann at UFC 103. Paul Daley, who made his UFC debut on the undercard, stepped up as Swick's replacement and defeated Kampmann via TKO.
Swick replaced an injured Kim Dong-hyun and faced Dan Hardy on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105. The winner was to get the next shot at Georges St-Pierre's welterweight championship. In an interview prior to UFC 105, Swick revealed he was pleased to have dropped back to Welterweight but admitted he couldn't focus on Georges St-Pierre until after UFC 105. Swick was rocked by a straight right hand from Hardy early in the first round and appeared to be uncomfortable competing toe-to-toe with Hardy. He was then rocked again by Hardy in the 2nd and 3rd rounds and went on to lose the fight by unanimous decision.
Swick got married in September 2008.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|23||14 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||14-4||Paulo Thiago||Technical Submission (D'arce choke)||UFC 109: Relentless||February 6, 2010||2||1:54||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Loss||14–3||Dan Hardy||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera||November 14, 2009||3||5:00||Manchester, England, UK||For #1 Contendership for the Welterweight title|
|Win||14–2||Ben Saunders||TKO (Punches)||UFC 99: The Comeback||June 13, 2009||2||3:47||Cologne, Germany|
|Win||13–2||Jonathan Goulet||KO (Punches)||UFC: Fight For The Troops||December 10, 2008||1||0:33||Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||12–2||Marcus Davis||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 85: Bedlam||June 7, 2008||3||5:00||London, England, UK|
|Win||11–2||Josh Burkman||Decision (Majority)||UFC Fight Night 12||January 23, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Welterweight Debut|
|Loss||10–2||Yushin Okami||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 69: Shootout||April 7, 2007||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||10–1||David Loiseau||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 63: Hughes vs Penn||September 23, 2006||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||9–1||Joe Riggs||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie||May 27, 2006||1||2:19||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||8–1||Steve Vigneault||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 58: USA vs Canada||March 4, 2006||1||2:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–1||Gideon Ray||TKO (Punches)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night||August 6, 2005||1||0:22||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–1||Alex Schoenauer||KO (Punch)||The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale||April 9, 2005||1||0:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Chris Leben||KO (Punch)||WEC 9: Cold Blooded||January 16, 2004||2||0:45||Lemoore, California, United States||WEC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||5–0||Butch Bacon||KO||SB 1 – Shootbox 1||August 23, 2003||1||0:26||Florida, United States|
|Win||4–0||Kengo Ura||KO (Knee)||WEC 6: Return of a Legend||March 27, 2003||3||0:31||California, United States|
|Win||3–0||James Gabert||Decision (Unanimous)||WEC 4: Rumble Under The Sun||August 31, 2002||3||5:00||Connecticut, United States|
|Win||2–0||James Whitifield||TKO||NSFC – NW Submission Fighting 1||May 4, 2002||1||1:15||Idaho, United States|
|Win||1–0||Victor Bell||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||PRW – Power Ring Warriors||November 7, 1998||1||2:10||Texas, United States|
- ↑ Iole, Kevin (January 23, 2008). Swick a Winner at Ultimate Fight Night. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved on 2008-01-23.
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- ↑ Dan Hardy to face Mike Swick at UFC 105. The Sun. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
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- ↑ Mike Swick talks about Hardy fight at UFC 105. iFight365.com.
- ↑ MIKE SWICK BACK AT IT, TRAINING FOR GOULET. MMAWEEKLY.com,by Ken Pishna (2008-09-17). Retrieved on 2008-09-17.
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- MMA Punk Interview with Mike "Quick" Swick