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Mike Swick offered fight with Matt Serra on April 17, won't fight due to arm injury

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Mike Swick (14-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) can't straighten his left arm, much less train or fight.

The UFC welterweight spoke to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Friday after rumors surfaced of his participation in an as-yet-unannounced UFC event planned for Spike TV on April 17, the same date on which Strikeforce is slated to hold their second CBS-televised fight card.

Swick said the UFC offered a fight with Matt Serra (10-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) on the quickly developing card through his management, but he had to turn it down due to his arm.

"[My management] knew about the situation and pretty much said I wasn't going to be able to do it," Swick said.

"The Ultimate Fighter" veteran recently got an MRI confirming a problem he's dealt with since his fight with Dan Hardy this past November at UFC 105. He will consult with a specialist Monday to determine options for treatment.

"The only way I'm going to get [my arm] to where it straights out, or even close to all the way out, is most likely the surgery," Swick said.

The arm is similar to the injury he sustained in the build-up to his fight with Marcus Davis in June 2008. Swick underwent surgery after the fight and had his elbow "scoped" to take out bone fragments accumulated from hard training.

Swick won't have a concrete timetable for his return until Monday, but wants to get back into the cage as soon as possible.

"I'm sure it's going to be along the lines as the first time I had surgery on my right arm," Swick said. "I don't remember how long that was, but I do know that I started back too soon and it slowed down the healing process.

"I'm going to have to be really smart about it, because I want to fight as soon as I can. The sooner I can fight, the better it is for me."

Swick said his recent adventures in Thailand with lightweight Roger Huerta, which he chronicled on his official blog, were for rest and relaxation and not to sharpen his skills.

Simply put, a fight with Serra in a little more than six weeks is just not in the cards.

"All I can really say on that is that I'm not (fighting him)," Swick said.

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Post #1   3/5/10 6:38:05PM   

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Paulo Thiago vs Matt Serra

Post #2   3/5/10 11:49:17PM   

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I would not mind seeing Serra submit Daley and stop his hype train.

Post #3   3/6/10 3:31:32AM   

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Posted by StorminYourman

I would not mind seeing Serra submit Daley and stop his hype train.



There's a Daley hype train?

I think most people really know the limits of his skills. It's just exciting to have fighters like him on the roster. Everyone loves to watch a quick, precise, powerful striker don't they? It brings the anything can happen at any time factor to the fight.

Back onto the subject, if it did happen my money would be on Serra by submission. I think Swick is on his way to gatekeeper status. That is if he is not there already.

Post #4   3/6/10 4:19:04AM   

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with lil over a month away i just say let it go

Post #5   3/6/10 1:47:20PM