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Mike Swick Plans To Put On “The Fight Of His Life”

As we noted earlier, UFC welterweight fighter Mike “Quick” Swick took to his Twitter account 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.

Swick took to the Underground Forums over the weekend to clarify that he has not yet signed to fight on the January 22nd card.

“Just wanted to clear up some rumors,” Swick wrote. “I did agree to fight in the UFC in January but nothing is signed. Considering it is for the Troops and in Texas, how could I not! I am still recovering from my medical procedure (BoTox injections into my esophagus) but look to make a good recovery.”

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.

“There is no cure for my condition, only treatment,” said Swick. “With this procedure and meds, this should not effect my career. I plan to come out in January and put on the fight of my life.

“After my last fight I thought my fighting career could be over. I truly thought I could not train and compete at this level and since getting correctly re-diagnosed and treated, I have been exuberant. I feel as though I have been given a second chance and I will never take fighting for granted.”

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.

Do you think Swick will return at welterweight or middleweight? Who in either weight class would be an optimal opponent for “Quick?” Let us know what you think in the comments section below.