The road to the top of the UFC’s Welterweight Division for AKA’s Mike “Quick”Swick (15-4-0) has been a tumultuous one paved by countless injuries and setbacks. But, where the most common of man would throw in the towel, Swick battled on.
This Saturday at UFC on FOX 5 Swick returns to the octagon for his second bout in four months, taking on Matt Brown (15-11-0).
Before a KO victory over DaMarques Johnson at UFC on FOX 4, Swick had not fought since February 2010. So, two fights in a span of four months can be seen as a mental victory for the San Jose fighter.
However, he is not satisfied with mental victories. Swick wants to stockpile the wins inside the cage and he’ll do it any way he wants.
“An ideal situation, for my fight, would be a knockout. Going in my favor,” Swick told Inside Fight Sports. “I want to have some scars when this fight’s over…and, get that knockout finish.”
Matt Brown is coming off of three-straight victories. Two of which came by TKO in the second round. Suffice to say that this will be a battle of two fighters who are more than willing to stand and exchange a fury of punches.
Combined these two have 30 wins, 16 of which came by way of KO/TKO (eight apiece).
Although he has been impressive in the UFC (10-3 record), Swick has not been able to get near a title shot due to major injuries that sidelined him for the better part of three years. Plus, dropping down to welterweight served as a rejuvenation in Swick’s early UFC career.
Even through the injuries and setbacks, the welterweight never came close to calling it quits. Others around him might have, but not “Quick”.
“It was definitely a thought of retirement, but from other people.” Swick knew it was too soon in his career to call it quits, regardless of all that he went through. “I’ve always pushed forward my whole life, so I’ve overcame so much and been through so much that unless I see a definite stoppage in my career, where there’s no going around it, I’m going to keep pushing forward.”
Swick made quick work of Johnson in his return to the octagon and he hopes to do the same on Saturday in Seattle. Despite his nickname, he is in no rush to demand a title shot. He’ll let his knockout finishes and victories do the work.
Nitesh Dutt is a production assistant at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter: @NiteshDutt