Although recent reports had Mike Swick fighting an undisclosed opponent at UFC 90 in Chicago, the welterweight has been forced to pull out of the event due to a slow recovery from recent surgery he had on his elbow.
“I had a few bone fragments floating around in my elbow joint causing inflammation. There were also bone spurs that needed to be removed. It has been ongoing for a while… It reduced my flexibility in the right arm and if it was extended too much it would swell up and be useless for a few days until the inflammation went down,” said the American Kickboxing Academy fighter to MMAWeekly.com. “So it was a priority to get it fixed as soon as this last fight was over, which is what we did. Dr. Sanders and Young operated on it in Las Vegas on July 10 and removed the bone fragments and bone spurs.”
Swick is back in training, but won’t be in fighting shape until after October. He is now eyeing a return in December.
“As of right now it is still not 100%,” he says, “mostly because I am training on it so much, but should be completely healed within the next few weeks. I have been doing cardio and some grappling, but haven’t been able to spar for some time. I am trying to be ready by November, but it’s a safer bet to say I will be fighting in December.”
As far as an opponent is concerned for Swick’s return, he remains determined to fight top competition.
“I want to fight top contenders. I have already fought Burkman and Davis, so I want to move up from there and continue to test my abilities against the best.”
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