UFC veteran, original TUF veteran and long-time contender Mike Swick will make his long-awaited return to competition this July at UFC 189. It will have been well over two years since he last fought when he squares up against Alex Garcia in Las Vegas.
In fact, Swick’s last two fights were comebacks themselves, after over a previous two-year absence. The 35 year-old has fought through sickness in recent years, which have kept him out of the cage or not quite himself on occasions that he did force himself to compete.
The American Kickboxing Academy team member has still kept quite busy over the past four years, despite competing sparingly. To be specific, Swick opened up what looks to be (video above) one of the nicest fight gyms in the entire world, along with his coach Javier Mendez.
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Having successfully started AKA Thailand in Phuket, Swick will now conduct his training camp for UFC 189 there, in the jungle, in the facility he himself helped create. The journey for Swick has been hard in recent years, as he insisted that he was not done fighting, even as most of the world likely doubted he could make a healthy return.
In his new mini-documentary series, Mike Swick: The Comeback, "Quick" lets fans inside his life as he prepares for what he admits is his "last chance" in the UFC. In episode one, Swick gives a tour of AKA Thailand, introduces us to some of his coaches and training partners, who train with him in the rugged tropical paradise, and opens up about the joys and challenges of training away from his family and friends as he builds something new and gives his fight career one last shot.
We’ll be watching along with each new episode, and you should also!