According to reports new welterweight fighter Mike Swick will debut at his new weight class at UFC 76 in Anaheim this September.
Swick, who holds a 5-1 record in the UFC, stated after his loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 69 that he would likely be dropping from a middleweight to the welterweight division. The move, aimed at improving his size advantage over smaller opponents, will be an interesting one to follow as he won 5 straight UFC fights before a single loss sent him packing for a lighter division. Swick debuted in the UFC on The Ultimate Fighter 5 as a light heavyweight with a 205 pound limit while his new weight limit will be just 170 pounds.
I have to say I don’t disagree with the move at all. Dropping to a lighter weight class is almost always well advised as long as you can easily make the lower weight while retaining most, if not all, of your strength from the higher division. Swick is among many fighters who try their luck in more than one division with one notable notable fighter, UFC hall of famer Randy Couture, holding titles at both light heavyweight and heavyweight as well as Dan Henderson who is a current dual-champion in Pride at separate divisions.
Perhaps most surprising about the rumored change is that just a single loss to a top contender opponent in Okami made up Swick’s mind but it will be an interesting venture to watch as it develops. The weight drop is not yet official but as soon as we learn of an opponent for Swick it should confirm the rumors.