UFC welterweight fighter Mike “Quick” Swick took to his Twitter account today to offer a clunky hint at when his next Octagon appearance will come.
“So there is a UFC Fight for the Troops event in Texas on January 22nd huh? Wonder who will fight on that card? Hmmm…,” Swick mused.
The American Kickboxing Academy product has been out of action since February after suffering a submission loss to Paulo Thiago at UFC 109: Relentless. That loss marked his second in a row after he lost to Dan Hardy via unanimous decision in November of 2009 at UFC 104 in a bout that determined the next contender to UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre’s throne.
Swick has been out for as long as he has in order to focus on training and to recover from a mis-diagnosed stomach ailment. Swick was diagnosed as having dyspepsia (a condition which impairs digestion) four years ago, forcing him to maintain a a bland and modest diet that prevented him from holding muscle mass and actually prompted his move from middleweight to welterweight. After seeing a specialist, “Quick” learned that he was actually suffering from esophageal spasms and acid reflux; both of which are treatable.
Swick is expected to return to his home weight class of middleweight now that he is able to build and keep muscle mass. What weight class he competes at and who he competes against are currently unknown details, but it is likely safe to assume that “Quick” will return at the second UFC Fight for the Troops card. The event will take place this January 22nd at Fort Hodd in Killeen, Texas.
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