One more member of the first “Ultimate Fighter” season has announced he’s hanging up the gloves, as UFC vet Mike Swick has announced he’s retiring.
The announcement comes just a couple days after Swick returned to the Octagon for the first time in over two years, and was decisioned by Alex Garcia at UFC 189.
Swick has had to deal with injuries as well as a esophageal illness over the last few years, but with those issues behind him, he made his return last weekend. Following the loss to Garcia, however, Swick announced his retirement via Facebook.
Here is part of the 36 year-old’s lengthy statement:
July 11th 2015 at UFC 189 was officially my final fight. I was healthy and injury free for the first time in 8 years but still couldn’t put my game together. There comes a time when every fighter realizes he is older and not what he use to be and I want to acknowledge this and stay true and honest to what I have always said, that I will leave when I know I am done. It’s a hard thing to do considering everyone wants to go out on top, unfortunately when your actually on top, you never wanna go out.
It’s unfair to the UFC, the fans and to my family and friends for me to keep chasing this career while giving performances that I am not proud of.
I remember sitting in class during high school(’98) watching UFC’s with the football team during off season and telling them I will be there one day. Now at 36 years old, I have been contracted with the UFC going on 11 years and it has completely changed my life. I am very proud to have fought and been a part of this organization for so long.
Though I am retiring from fighting, I will stay a big part of this sport as I continue to build fighters and grow my dream gym AKA Thailand. This gym is a massive project that has taken us 5 years to put together and once we are done, it will be the largest and most unique fight gym in the world. I am so proud to have such a great team of people behind it and I will now give my full effort towards its progress and the business surrounding it…
So, there you have it. It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years now, that’s right, ten. years., since Mike Swick KO’d Alex Schoenauer at the TUF 1 Finale. Swick, who was fighting at 185, went on a five fight winning streak after the show. But, in 2007 he ran into Yushin Okami, and was outgrappled by the former middleweight contender.
Swick made the drop to 170, and proceeded to go on another four fight tear, before he was decisioned by Dan Hardy in 2009.
There’s no question Swick had a great career, and as one of TUF’s first breakout stars. “Quick” retires with a record of 15-6.