Sat, 20 June 2009
At UFC 63 Swick beat former title challenger David Loiseau via unanimous decision, where he suffered a hand injury found out to be ligament damage. 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 took down comfortably and suffered an onslaught of ground and pound for the majority of the fight.
Chris Leben was asked to fight Mike Swick for the second time on UFC Fight Night 11 (the two had previously met in the WEC, where Leben handed Swick his only KO loss to date) for the main event, on any weight class of his choosing but Leben turned down the fight. Swick then was scheduled to fight Jonathan Goulet but withdrew from the fight on September 2nd due to a rib injury. Swick headlined UFC Fight Night 12 making his welterweight debut, where he defeated Josh Burkman via majority decision.
Swick then went on to fight and defeat Jonathan Goulet at the UFC: Fight for the Troops (Ultimate Fight Night 16) by KO in 33 seconds into the first round on December 10th, 2008. He opened up with a characteristically aggressive flurry of punches, where Goulet was caught and knocked out before he hit the ground, Swick followed up with strikes on the floor untill the referee swiftly stopped the fight.
Sat, 20 June 2009
Before his rematch against Mike Brown Urijash Faber took time to speak to Dave and Kevin.
Fighter BiographyThoughts on opponent, Mike Brown? I’m really excited to get this title shot. I had the belt for a long time and I’m eager to get some redemption. I think the biggest thing is I have to be a little more careful. The last time I got caught for being careless. I sort of live by the sword and die by the sword. He’s one of the best fighters in the world, so I need to be on my game and not his game and not make mistakes.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I’ve always had a passion for fighting. I started wrestling in the 8th grade and have never stopped. I began training in MMA in 2003 after graduating from UC Davis.
What ranks and titles have you held? Former WEC Featherweight Champion
Do you have any heroes? My parents
What is your favorite technique? I like to try to invent new techniques. My favorite moves come from the moment.
What does it mean for you to fight in the WEC? I feel like I finally found a home. Up to this point, no large organizations have been willing to showcase the lighter weight classes. This is unfortunate as some of the most exciting fighters in the world are in the lighter weight classes. The WEC presents a major opportunity not only for myself, but all 145 and 135 pounders to showcase their talent. I truly believe the WEC will be the premier organization in the near future.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a student at UC Davis and began fighting professionally shortly after graduation. I also coached wrestling at UC Davis while beginning my MMA career.
Most memorable professional fight? My 3rd fight agains David Velasquez. It was the first one to go the distance and it was the first time I won a belt.
What was your most challenging professional fight? Against Tyson Griffin. First loss. I faced some adversity when I split my head open on the cage and fought through it and I lost in the 3rd round but it was a good fight.
Did you compete in any other sport(s) at college or professional level? I wrestled in HS all 4 years then I went to UC Davis where I excelled for another 4 years.
Did you put more emphasis towards a fighting style or adjust your training to prepare for your opponent? Just my training. I always train hard and try to stay in great shape.
What, other than WINNING, are you using for motivation for the fight? I have my home crowd there and I’m looking for some revenge. I also hate to lose.
What is your favorite thing about this sport? Just how primal it really is.
How long do you see yourself staying in this sport? I would say probably another 8 years. I lead a healthy lifestyle and I take care of my body, so expect to see me for a long while.
Sat, 20 June 2009