Mike Swick

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Mike Swick
Mike Swick signing autographs in 2008
BornMichael Timothy Swick
(1979-06-19) June 19, 1979 (age 43)
Houston, Texas, United States
Kid Lion
ResidencePhuket, Thailand
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionMiddleweight (185 lb)
Welterweight (170 lb)
Light Heavyweight (205 lb)
Reach77 in (200 cm)
Fighting out ofSan Jose, California, United States
TeamAKA Thailand
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Dave Camarillo[2]
Years active1998, 2002–2010, 2012, 2015 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission3
By decision4
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michael Timothy Swick (born June 19, 1979)[3] is a retired American professional mixed martial artist, who spent most of his career competing for the UFC's middleweight division. Swick, who trains at American Kickboxing Academy alongside fellow welterweight standout Jon Fitch, entered the UFC after appearing on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter.


Swick was born in Houston, Texas, on June 19, 1979. Swick attended Katy High School. Aspiring to become a Navy Seal and inspired by The Karate Kid, Swick started training taekwondo in his youth as his first combat sport.[4] He then participated in amateur fights in Texas before sanctioning was formed.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Swick began his professional career in smaller shows, including early events of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). He amassed a record of 5–0 before challenging Chris Leben for the WEC Middleweight Championship. He lost the fight by knockout at 45 seconds of the second round.[6]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

After his first professional loss, Swick entered the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality television series produced by the UFC. Swick participated as a light heavyweight on Randy Couture's team. Chris Leben also participated as Swick's teammate. Leben insisted on talking about his victory over Swick, which irritated him. Swick's first fight in the show came during the semi-finals. He faced Stephan Bonnar, but was defeated by triangle armbar at 4:55 of the first round, eliminating him from the show.[citation needed]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

At UFC Ultimate Fight Night, Swick defeated Gideon Ray by KO just 22 seconds into the first round, earning the nickname "Quick" from UFC announcer Mike Goldberg.

Swick lived up to his nickname with several quick stoppages in his subsequent fights. He followed up with two first-round guillotine choke submissions over Steve Vigneault and Joe Riggs at UFC 58 and UFC 60, respectively. Swick jokingly called the move his "Swick-otine". At UFC 63, Swick faced former title challenger David Loiseau and earned a unanimous decision victory. He suffered ligament damage to his hand during the fight.[citation needed]

Swick's first UFC defeat came at UFC 69, losing by unanimous decision to Japanese middleweight Yushin Okami. He had Okami noticeably rattled toward the end of the second round with a flurry of punches, but ultimately succumbed to Okami's superior wrestling and physical presence, as he was taken down comfortably and suffered an onslaught of ground and pound for the majority of the fight. Chris Leben was then asked to fight a rematch with Swick at UFC Fight Night 11, but Leben turned down the fight, later claiming that his management turned down the fight without his knowledge. Swick was then scheduled to fight Jonathan Goulet, but withdrew from the fight due to a rib injury.[7]

Drop to welterweight[edit]

Swick dropped down to welterweight and headlined UFC Fight Night 12 against Josh Burkman, winning by majority decision.[8] Swick next appeared at UFC 85 against Marcus Davis, who was riding a six-fight win streak in the UFC coming into the bout. Swick controlled the fight with disciplined striking skills en route to a unanimous decision victory. He next faced Jonathan Goulet at UFC: Fight for the Troops. Swick opened up with a characteristically aggressive flurry of punches, knocking Goulet out on his feet. Swick rushed in with ground strikes before the referee stopped the fight.

Swick next faced Ben Saunders at UFC 99. After he reversed Saunders' takedown attempt with a quick sprawl and takedown of his own, Saunders held Swick in his guard for several minutes, stifling any offense and prompting Swick to taunt him for stalling. In the second round Swick's hands loosened up and he dropped Saunders with a clean straight right after landing a few punches, following up with a quick flurry to round off an impressive performance. In the post fight interview, Swick pointed out his record of 9–1 in the UFC and announced his interest in a title shot.[citation needed]

Swick was scheduled to fight Martin Kampmann on September 19, 2009 at UFC 103. The winner was set to receive a title shot against Georges St-Pierre.[9] However, this changed when it was announced on September 4 that Swick had suffered an injury while training and would be unable to fight Kampmann at UFC 103. Paul Daley, who made his UFC debut on the undercard, stepped up as Swick's replacement and defeated Kampmann via TKO.

Swick replaced an injured Dong Hyun Kim and faced Dan Hardy on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105.[10] The winner was to get the next shot at Georges St-Pierre's welterweight championship.[11] In an interview prior to the event, Swick revealed he was pleased to have dropped back to Welterweight but admitted he could not focus on Georges St-Pierre until after his fight with Hardy.[12] Swick was rocked by a straight right hand from Hardy early in the first round and rocked again in the second and third rounds. He went on to lose the fight by unanimous decision.

At UFC 109, on February 6, 2010, Swick lost to Paulo Thiago via technical submission by a d'arce choke, after taking a counter left in an exchange in the second round. Swick refused to tap to the choke, rendering him unconscious.[13]

In early September, Swick stated that he had been mis-diagnosed with a stomach disease. The disease which he was incorrectly told he had, forced him onto a very bland and restrictive diet, which made it virtually impossible for Swick to put and keep on any muscle mass.

Swick was expected to return to action against David Mitchell on January 22, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 23.[14] Although it was thought he might return to action at middleweight, Swick and David Mitchell verbally agreed to a January 22 fight in the welterweight division.[15] However, Mitchell was forced out of the fight with a back injury and Swick felt as if his stomach condition was not completely healed, so the bout was scrapped from the card altogether.[16]

Swick was expected to face promotional newcomer Erick Silva on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134.[17] However, on August 4, 2011, it was announced that Swick had to withdraw from the bout due to a knee injury.[18]

Swick faced DaMarques Johnson on August 4, 2012 at UFC on FOX 4.[19] He defeated Johnson via KO at 1:20 into the second round. The finish came when Swick caught a leg kick, tripped Johnson to the ground, and landed a diving punch that immediately knocked Johnson out. The performance earned Swick Knockout of the Night honors.

On August 28, 2012, it was announced that Swick has signed a new four fight contract with the UFC.[20]

In the second match since his return, Swick faced Matt Brown on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5.[21] Swick lost the fight, after being knocked out in the second round.

Swick spent all of 2013 in Phuket Thailand, building his dream gym, AKA Thailand.[22] The gym, one of the biggest in the world, hosts Thailand's largest indoor matted MMA/BJJ training facility.

After two-and-a-half years away from active fighting, Swick returned from hiatus and faced Alex Garcia on July 11, 2015 at UFC 189.[23] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[24] On July 16, 2015, Swick posted on his Facebook page that he was officially retiring from active MMA competition to focus on running his gym AKA Thailand.[25]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Swick got married in 2008.[26] Now retired from professional fighting, Swick currently owns and runs his own gym in Phuket, Thailand, known as AKA Thailand, which is linked to the main American Kickboxing Academy headquarters in San Jose, California.

On February 16, 2022 Swick announced he is diagnosed with cancer.[27]

Television and film[edit]

Swick was featured in Fight Life, an award-winning documentary on the sport of MMA, which was released in 2013.[28]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 15 wins 6 losses
By knockout 8 2
By submission 3 1
By decision 4 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–6 Alex Garcia Decision (unanimous) UFC 189 July 11, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–5 Matt Brown KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz December 8, 2012 2 2:31 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 15–4 DaMarques Johnson KO (punch) UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera August 4, 2012 2 1:20 Los Angeles, California, United States Knockout of the Night.
Loss 14–4 Paulo Thiago Technical Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC 109 February 6, 2010 2 1:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 14–3 Dan Hardy Decision (unanimous) UFC 105 November 14, 2009 3 5:00 Manchester, England UFC Welterweight title eliminator.
Win 14–2 Ben Saunders TKO (punches) UFC 99 June 13, 2009 2 3:47 Cologne, Germany Knockout of the Night.
Win 13–2 Jonathan Goulet KO (punches) UFC: Fight for the Troops December 10, 2008 1 0:33 Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Win 12–2 Marcus Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC 85 June 7, 2008 3 5:00 London, England
Win 11–2 Josh Burkman Decision (majority) UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman January 23, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Welterweight debut.
Loss 10–2 Yushin Okami Decision (unanimous) UFC 69 April 7, 2007 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 10–1 David Loiseau Decision (unanimous) UFC 63 September 23, 2006 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 9–1 Joe Riggs Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 60 May 27, 2006 1 2:19 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 8–1 Steve Vigneault Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 58 March 4, 2006 1 2:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–1 Gideon Ray TKO (punches) UFC Ultimate Fight Night August 6, 2005 1 0:22 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–1 Alex Schoenauer KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale April 9, 2005 1 0:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–1 Chris Leben KO (punch) WEC 9 January 16, 2004 2 0:45 Lemoore, California, United States For the inaugural WEC Middleweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Butch Bacon KO (punches) SB 1 – Shootbox 1 August 23, 2003 1 0:26 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 4–0 Kengo Ura KO (knee) WEC 6 March 27, 2003 3 0:31 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 3–0 James Gabert Decision (unanimous) WEC 4 August 31, 2002 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 2–0 James Whitifield TKO (punches) NSFC – NW Submission Fighting 1 May 4, 2002 1 1:15 Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 1–0 Victor Bell Submission (rear-naked choke) PRW – Power Ring Warriors November 7, 1998 1 2:10 Humble, Texas, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Stephan Bonnar Submission (triangle armbar) The Ultimate Fighter 1 April 4, 2005 1 4:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary bout

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 189 Mendes vs. McGregor". UFC.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "Mike "Quick" Swick - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  3. ^ Mixed martial arts show results Date: July 11, 2015
  4. ^ Jim Norton (May 18, 2020). "Alistair Overeem, Mike Swick, and Nate Landwehr" (Podcast).
  5. ^ December 7, Jeremy Botter on; PM, 2012 at 1:37 (7 December 2012). "Mike Swick, Houstonian At Heart, Reflects on a Life of Fighting". Sports Update. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Blast to the Past: Chris Leben and Mike Swick fight for the WEC middleweight title". middleeasy.com. December 29, 2012. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Swick vs Goulet Off". mmaontap.com. September 2, 2007. Retrieved September 3, 2007.
  8. ^ Iole, Kevin (January 23, 2008). "Swick a Winner at Ultimate Fight Night". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-06-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Swick to face Hardy at UFC 105 in November". 28 September 2009.
  11. ^ "Yahoo!". mma.fanhouse.com. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Mike Swick talks about Hardy fight at UFC 105". iFight365.com.
  13. ^ "Mike Swick Replaces Josh Koscheck, Will Face Paulo Thiago at UFC 109". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  14. ^ "Mike Swick expected to return at Jan. 22/UFC Fight Night 23 "Troops" event". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  15. ^ "Mike Swick vs. David Mitchell at UFC Fight For The Troops 2". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  16. ^ "David Mitchell Out of UFC Fight For The Troops; Mike Swick Off The Card". mmaweekly.com. December 30, 2010.
  17. ^ "Brazilian Prospect Silva Makes UFC Debut Against Swick in Rio". sherdog.com. May 25, 2011.
  18. ^ "Swick out of UFC 134". UFC.com. August 4, 2011.
  19. ^ "UFC on FOX 4 adds Swick-Johnson". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  20. ^ "UFC vet Mike Swick signs new four-fight deal ahead of UFC on FOX 5 bout". mmajunkie.com. August 28, 2012. Archived from the original on August 30, 2012.
  21. ^ "UFC on FOX 5 adds Swick-Brown to Seattle lineup". mmajunkie.com. August 27, 2012. Archived from the original on August 31, 2012.
  22. ^ Daniels, Steph (5 May 2014). "Mike Swick: Expanding the AKA Empire". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  23. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-04-07). "Mike Swick returns from extended absence, meets Alex Garcia at UFC 189". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-04-07.
  24. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-07-11). "UFC 189 results: Alex Garcia frustrates Mike Swick for unanimous nod". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  25. ^ "Mike Swick". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-02-26. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  26. ^ "MIKE SWICK BACK AT IT, TRAINING FOR GOULET". MMAWEEKLY.com,by Ken Pishna. 2008-09-17. Archived from the original on 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  27. ^ Cruz, Guilherme (2022-02-16). "UFC veteran Mike Swick announces cancer diagnosis: 'Toughest and most aggressive battle I have ever had'". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  28. ^ "411 MMA Interviews: Jake Shields". 411mania.com, By Jeffrey Harris. 2009-11-27. Archived from the original on 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2009-12-16.

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