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Mike Swick - "Quick"
Mike "Quick" Swick was born on June 19th, 1979 in Houston, Texas. Swick has possessed a strong love for martial arts since childhood and has been studying since the age of 8 when his mother signed him up for Tae Kwon Do classes. He continued to train and fought his first pro bout at the age of 19, winning over Victor Bell by submission.
Because amateur fighting was not bringing in the amount of money that Swick needed to live he began looking for other work. At the age of 20, Swick and his mother flew to Moscow to perform security services for a government construction project taking place there – the first mother/son team to obtain such high U.S. government clearance. Swick spent his off-time in Moscow training with American fighters there for the Absolute Fighting Championship and also working with U.S. Marines stationed in the area.
It was while he was in Russia that Mike was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation, a condition of the heart that causes it to beat much more quickly than normal. While medication could correct the condition and allow Swick to live a full life, the medication's side effects would make professional fighting impossible. Swick took the news hard and, upon his return to the United States, quickly left again, this time for Thailand to study Muay Thai. He trained hard with a camp of Thai civilians outside of Bangkok for a years and this time returned home with a decision to make.
Surgery, while not recommended for younger people affected by Atrial Fibrillation, was Mike's only shot at pursuing his dream of being a professional fighter. Though the risks involved were high, Mike opted to have the surgery and came through with flying colors. His condition was repaired and he was ready to begin his career. He made another trip to Thailand to complete his Muay Thai training and prepare himself for active fighting status and received a call while he was abroad inviting him to the first season of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter.
Swick proved to be a fighter to be reckoned with on the show, making it to the semi-finals before ultimately losing to Stephan Bonnar. He still fought on the show's finale, knocking out Alex Schoenauer only 20 seconds into the first round and earning him the nickname "Quick" and giving the UFC a reason to find a spot for him. He has continued to live up to that name with lightening fast wins over Gideon Ray, Steve Vigneault and Joe Riggs, and has even coined his own submission move: the "Swickitine", a guillotine choke in a closer guard.
Swick defeated number one rated middleweight David Loiseau in a unanimous decision at UFC 63 and he immediately asked for a title shot against Anderson Silva. A subsequent loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 69 put the decision on the backburner. Swick announced shortly after this loss that he would be dropping to the welterweight division.
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