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Mike Swick Out Of UFC 134 Fight; Replacement For Erick Silva In The Works

Mike Swick’s journey to return to the Octagon has come to a screeching halt, as the veteran welterweight was forced to pull out of his UFC 134 bout with Erick Silva Thursday night.

Swick (14-4) was expected to meet Silva (12-1) in his UFC debut. A replacement for Swick is being worked on, according to reports.

“Mike Swick’s long-awaited comeback to the Octagon will have to wait a little longer after he was forced to withdraw from his UFC 134 bout against Erick Silva due to injury,” a statement provided by the UFC said.

The former member of The Ultimate Fighter 1, Swick suffered back-to-back losses against Dan Hardy and Paulo Thiago his past two fights. Before that, Swick had won four straight, including a Knockout of the Night honor at UFC 99 for his TKO against Ben Saunders.

This is the second time Swick has been removed from a fight since being mis-diagnosed with a stomach disease in September of 2010. He had worked his way back to a match with David Mitchell in January, but Mitchell was forced out with a back injury and Swich was unsure if he was at 100-percent as well.

Silva is on an eight-fight win streak and trains with many of his top fellow Brazilians in Anderson Silva and Ronaldo Souza.

UFC 134 takes place August 27 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.