Return of TUF 1 alum delayed again due to knee injury
UFC welterweight Mike Swick was expected to return to the cage later this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Those plans were scuttled Thursday when the American Kickboxing Academy product injured his knee in preparation for his bout with Erick Silva at UFC 134. Brazilian Luis Ramos will take Swick’s place.
It has been 18 months since Swick competed inside the Octagon. A member of the inaugural cast on The Ultimate Fighter, the 32-year-old hasn’t competed since losing to Paulo Thiago at UFC 109 in February 2010.
After being misdiagnosed with a stomach ailment, Swick underwent an experimental procedure in November 2010 to deal with the esophageal issues that were limiting him. A return to the cage was planned for Ultimate Fight Night 23 in January of this year, but when his opponent withdrew, Swick opted to take more time to recover and prepare. His meeting with Silva later this month was supposed to be his return to action, but yesterday’s knee injury will put that date on hold once again.
Swick is 14-4 in his career and riding a two-fight losing streak. He’s been a top contender in both the middleweight and welterweight divisions and holds wins over Joe Riggs, Marcus Davis and Ben Saunders.