After more than two years away from the UFC, longtime welterweight veteran Mike “Quick” Swick will return to the Octagon to face fellow returnee Alex Garcia at July’s UFC 189 from Las Vegas.
Swick, who has spent the last two years building the massive AKA Thailand in Phuket, was last seen losing by first round knockout to former surging contender Matt Brown way back at UFC on FOX 5. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported the news that The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 alum would be returning this summer.
He’ll face off against a young, hungry challenger in Garcia, the TriStar gym member who has been out of action since tearing an ACL during his UFC Fight Night 49 decision loss to tough competitor Neil Magny. Prior to that, the 27-year-old won his only other UFC bouts over Sean Spencer and Ben Wall.
Swick will undoubtedly be his toughest challenge, but it’s also difficult to say where the experienced former star will be at after losing three of his last four and only competing as many times in over five years.
The 35-year-old has always played his part in exciting bouts that usually ended with a finish.
UFC 189 features the blockbuster featherweight grudge match between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler will make his first title defense against Rory MacDonald in the co-main event.