UFC president Dana White announced on Monday that Swick had been added to the official lineup for the October 25th event but Swick has informed MMA Weekly that he will be unable to compete at the event due to a recent surgery on his right elbow but is hopeful he can return before the end of the year.
“I had a few bone fragments floating around in my elbow joint causing inflammation. There were also bone spurs that needed to be removed. It has been ongoing for a while,” said Swick to MMA Weekly. “It reduced my flexibility in the right arm and if it was extended too much it would swell up and be useless for a few days until the inflammation went down. So it was a priority to get it fixed as soon as this last fight was over, which is what we did. Dr. Sanders and Young operated on it in Las Vegas on July 10 and removed the bone fragments and bone spurs.”
â€œAs of right now it is still not 100%,â€ Swick continued, â€œmostly because I am training on it so much, but should be completely healed within the next few weeks. I have been doing cardio and some grappling, but haven’t been able to spar for some time. I am trying to be ready by November, but itâ€™s a safer bet to say I will be fighting in December.â€
Swick opened his UFC career in the 185-pound middleweight division, winning five-straight bouts over Alex Schoenauer, Gideon Ray, Steve Vigneault, Joe Riggs, and David Loiseau. At UFC 69 in early-2007 Swick suffered his first UFC loss to Yushin Okami and immediately dropped down to the 170-pound welterweight division. Swick defeated Josh Burkman in his debut at the new weight class then topped Marcus Davis at UFC 85 in June in his most-recent bout.