04-Mike-Swick-DaMarques-Johnson-UFC-on-FOX-4-1015The last few years of Mike Swick’s fighting career have been marred with injuries and illness.  With that behind him, Swick plans to return to the middleweight division in his next fight.

“I wanna come back at a big and healthy 185. No more sickly 170 for me,” Swick recently posted on Twitter.

After making a name for himself in the WEC, Swick was featured on the debut season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005 as a light heavyweight.  He advanced to the semifinals before losing to Stephan Bonnar by submission.

Following his appearance on the reality show, Swick reeled off five consecutive wins in the middleweight division, reaching contender status.  At UFC 69, Swick faced a bigger and stronger Yushin Okami and was soundly defeated.  After the loss, he decided to drop to the welterweight division.

“I was 182, in ring, when I fought Okami. I am 200 now,” Swick recently tweeted.

Swick had a successful run in the welterweight division, winning his first four fights.  He faced Dan Hardy in a top contender’s bout at UFC 105 and was defeated by unanimous decision.  He lost his next outing to Paulo Thiago by submission.

Swick would be sidelined with injuries and a misdiagnosed stomach illness for more than two years following the loss to Thiago.

He returned in August 2012 against DeMarques Johnson, winning by knockout.

Swick last competed in December, losing by knockout to Matt Brown.

Bigger, stronger and healthier, Swick will return to the middleweight division in his next fight.  No opponent or date has been announced for his return, but is expected in the coming weeks.

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Report: Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves targeted for late May

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

Two mainstays of the UFC welterweight division, Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves, could be facing off at UFC Fight Night 67 in May. It appears that former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condi read news >>

State of the Union: UFC Lightweight Division

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

In preparation for lightweight title contention on March 14th, UFC Middleweight Josh Samman takes a look at the king of the mountain, as well as the top ten challengers looking to dethrone him. Champ read news >>

B/R MMA Retrospective: Examining the Career of 'The Prodigy' BJ Penn

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Anytime the career of a notable fighter comes to an end, distance is required in order to appreciate his full body of work. Sometimes, it is an epic saga, vast and shockingly dense, as is the case fo read news >>

Interview Exclusive: Adrien Broner plans to tone down outrageous persona, but 'not too much'

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

In a recent interview with Bloody Elbow, boxing's most outrageous talent, Adrien Broner discusses a variety of topics ranging from the future of boxing to toning down his infamous persona. Tonight, p read news >>

Thirty Fights into His Career, Tat Romero Ready for the Big Time | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Thirty fights into his career and still relatively unknown, Tat Romero is ready to capture the RFA welterweight championship and step into the limelight. read news >>

Filip Verlinden feeling 'overlooked' in GLORY middleweight division, says fight against Joe Schilling 'most logical'

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

The No. 2-ranked GLORY middleweight is champing at the bit to get back into the GLORY ring and he thinks a fight against Joe Schilling is the one that makes the most sense. When the GLORY middleweigh read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62's Ryan LaFlare believes he can beat anyone in the welterweight division

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

When Ryan LaFlare meets Demian Maia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 62 it will be the biggest fight of his career and a situation in which he believes he belongs.Filed under: Featured Videos, Ne read news >>

Morning Report: The next B.J. Penn, Anthony Pettis plans on being UFC's 'pay-per-view king'

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has only defended his title once since taking it off Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in 2013, but he's already planning out his legacy in the division. "Me getting read news >>

Benjamin Smith Shooting for RFA Welterweight Title En Route to UFC | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

Benjamin Smith has plans to be fighting for the UFC in 2015, but he first wants to capture the RFA welterweight championship on Friday night. read news >>