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Swick faces off with the "Outlaw"

Story by Robert Kravantka

Mike “Quick” Swick faces off with Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy in what could be the winner’s ticket to a title shot against current UFC welterweight holder, George St. Pierre.

Mike had his first setback at UFC 69, where Yushin Okami got the decision for Swick’s first loss in the UFC. After the loss, Swick moved to the welterweight division.

"I definitely feel that the welterweight division is where I belong," says Swick. "It is an easy cut for me, typically walking around about 180 lbs."

Swick got back to his old winning ways, by getting decisions over tough opponents Josh Burkman and Marcus Davis. Rounding out with a win over Ben Saunders, and now pushing his record to 9-1 in the UFC, Swick looks to his match with Hardy has his most important.

In his way stands the "Outlaw," a brash Brit that was able to get under the skin of Marcus Davis and get a decision over him in his last fight, at UFC 99. Ironically, it was the same card that Swick stopped Ben Saunders in the second round with a TKO.

“He hasn’t talked a lot," says Swick. "I think he knows that it won’t affect me, that I am not that type of fighter. So, I think he is saving it, and focusing on his camp.”

As to the fight, both fighters possess heavy hands so for Swick he believes it will come to versatility, and more important the better conditioned opponent.

“I don’t know how hard he has been training, but I was training for a fight already. I was in peak shape a couple of months ago. I feel like I will be the fighter that is in better shape. I can push the pace for three solid rounds, and that is how I win fights.

"I wouldn’t envision this fight going to a decision.”


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