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Mike Swick Returning to Middleweight?

Kelsey Mowatt

Mike Swick

Mike Swick could be returning to the division where he first made a name for himself in the UFC.  The former TUF competitor, who was sidelined throughout much of 2010 and 2011 due to issues with his stomach and esophagus, announced the news via his Twitter account.

I wanna come back at a big and healthy 185. No more sickly 170 for me! ;)

Swick returned to the Octagon–after his stint on the sidelines–last August and KO’d Damarques Johnson in the second round. At UFC on FOX 8 in December, however, he was knocked out by Matt Brown. Swick competed at 185 to begin his UFC tenure, and won five straight bouts, but after being manhandled by Yushin Okami (he has a tendency of doing that) the well rounded fighter dropped to welterweight.

When asked specifically about the UFC 69 bout with Okami, which took place in April, 2007, Swick responded.

Yup. I was 182, in ring, when I fought Okami. I am 200 now.

That’s quite the difference. Swick has gone 5-3 competing at 170 since he left the middleweight division. The 33 year-old vet also added that he still needs “a few more tests” before he makes a final decision.

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