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Exclusive: Mike Swick Talks Dan Hardy, Paul Daley, and Says AKA Fighters Aren’t Done Calling Out Matt Hughes

(King of the world.)

While a concussion sustained in training cost him a chance to fight Martin Kampmann to determine the UFC’s top welterweight contender, Mike Swick didn’t have to wait long for another fight offer to come his way.  The AKA product has agreed to face Dan Hardy at UFC 105 in Manchester, England on November 14,  and the winner will likely get the next shot at Georges St. Pierre’s title.  We called up Swick to discuss the news, and to ask him some other pressing questions, like, what’s up with AKA fighters and their fixation on calling out Matt Hughes?  As usual, Swick did not disappoint.

So you and Dan Hardy at UFC 105.  Is this official, bout agreements signed and everything?

Yeah, I signed it right when it came in.

What did you think when they offered you Hardy?

I was excited just to get the opportunity.  I actually agreed before I knew who it was.  The UFC just called me and asked if I’d like to fight on November 14 and I said yes.  Then later my manager called as well and said that there was an injury and they needed a replacement, and I told him to tell the UFC that whoever it was they had in mind, I’d fight him.  So the UFC came back and said it’s Dan Hardy, or if for some reason Dan Hardy can’t make the fight it could be someone else, and I said yeah, let’s do it.  I’m just excited to get back in there.  I didn’t want to have to wait until January.

What do you think of Hardy?

I think he’s a good fighter and he’s a good guy.  We’ve hung out a lot.  We went to Germany together on a tour for the military.  He’s a good person, so it’s always nice to fight guys who are not knuckleheads.  He seems like a very genuine person.  But for that night we’re going to put that aside and try to beat each other up. 

He likes to talk trash before his fights sometimes, trying to get in his opponent’s head.  Since you two know each other and are already friendly, do you think he’ll still do that with you?

Well, the reason he did that with [Marcus] Davis was because he knew he was kind of sensitive and he was hoping he could get in his head, and then Davis gave him the exact reaction he was looking for.  It doesn’t matter to me.  That stuff is child’s play.  Nothing he can say is going to make me want to beat him up any more.  People have tried that on me before…no matter what he says, on November 14 we’re going to get in that cage and they’re going to lock it behind us and only one person is going to end up with his hand raised. 

You had to pull out of the fight with Martin Kampmann because of a concussion.  What’s your health status right now?  Are you back to training and sparring like you were before?

I’m fine.  I just needed about a month.  I’m not back to sparring yet, but I’ve been training really hard.  I took one week off and that was it, but then I got right back into the gym because I knew I was going to get the call pretty soon and I wanted to be ready.  I’ll start sparring again next week.  I probably could have started this week, but my coaches just wanted to be careful about it.

Were you surprised when Kampmann got TKO’d by Paul Daley, who was the late replacement for you at UFC 103?

That was crazy.  I didn’t call that.  I mean, I knew it was possible.  Daley’s a good striker.  I think he got a lot of hype from that fight, but it really wasn’t so much what he did right as much as what Kampmann did wrong.  I don’t think that was the best Kampmann we’ve seen by far.  …[Daley’s] already called me out, but with that many losses on his record and only one UFC fight, that’s some big talk.  If he keeps winning it’s not going to be long before they put him in there with someone like me or Koscheck or Fitch, and then he’s going to be in over his head in a hurry.

Speaking of Koscheck, I thought it was kind of odd that he called out Hughes after beating Frank Trigg.  You’ve been trying to get that fight with Hughes for months now.

We knew he wasn’t going to take the fight before we called him out.  We — me and Fitch — actually told Koscheck to do that.  Fitch has asked for him before and then I asked for him and the UFC told me I wasn’t going to get that fight.  So before Koscheck’s fight we were talking and we just said, ‘Hey, why don’t you try it and see if he’ll fight you.’

It almost sounds like you guys don’t even want to fight him so much as you just want to keep after him for not taking a fight with one of you.  Like it’s become a game in itself at this point.

It is.  There’s no real motivation anymore to fight him.  We know he’s not going to agree to it.  It’s just a game now.  He won’t take a fight with any of us and we’re just going to keep continuously calling him out.

So now that you know you’re fighting Hardy for a chance at GSP, what’s the scouting report on him?  What do you have to watch out for?

I think he’s an aggressive striker, like myself.  He’s got a good win streak going.  He’s 3-0 in the UFC and he had a good win against Marcus Davis.  Anybody who saw Davis after that fight knows that Hardy did some damage to him.  He’s a good striker and he’s a tough guy who really comes after people, so that should make for a great fight.


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the4thsign- September 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm
let's all blame everything wrong in the world on matt hughes and call him out.

Snuffy- September 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm
Are you crazy? Marius needs to pack on atleast 20 pounds and wrestle everyday for two years before he can even think about GSP. Jeez, the ignorance.. Have you ppl even seen gsp fight ?

Listen, im not saying Marius is bad, I think he's great and fun to watch, but he wouldnt stand a chance against a good wrestler.
MediumRare- September 29, 2009 at 2:17 pm
No disrespect to Hardy, Swick or Koscheck - they're all good fighters that I'm always keen to see in the cage. But GSP would be a -500 favorite if they could all fight him at once with baseball bats.

Sign Marius Zaromskis - that's who needs to fight GSP next. Please, Dana sign Marius, feed him a Matt Serra or a Chris Lytle and then give him a shot at GSP. Please.
just some dong- September 29, 2009 at 11:07 am
Swick or Hardy will be next in line for a title shot? Seriously?? WTF happened to the depth in the WW division? I like both these guys - they're solid up-and-comers - but come on. Neither stands a chance against GSP.

That boy needs to move up to 185.
Barc- September 29, 2009 at 9:06 am
I heard Herschel Walker wants to fight Matt Hughes in his debut.
Da Spied Her- September 29, 2009 at 8:41 am
Well, when I was too slow sacking groceries, they moved me to greeter. I guess that makes me the gate keeper!
Rejo- September 29, 2009 at 6:12 am
google, that is the best post I have seen in a long time. It is true as well as funny.
google- September 29, 2009 at 5:59 am
man, this shit makes me sick. Every fighter gets old. Most of you guys would have gobbled up Matt Hughes pre-cum back in the day. Now, he gets bashed on because he has gotten older? Can anyone appreciate a fighter after his day has passed anymore? Same way with Cro Cop and Chuck. Everyone bashed both of them at the end of there careers. All of these guys had awesome careers. They where the cream of the crop only a short time ago. Now, its like they never scored a win in there life. That's fucked up. All 3 of these basterds will never get to the level as Matt was, ever. I wonder what will happen when GSP get passed his prime. I can already here it. The only way to know if you are past your prime is by stepping in the cage. You can't tell by sparring sessions.

What if one of you fuckers slowed down the drive thru at your job? whould you just pack it in and call it a career? Or would you want one more shot at telling people to have a nice day?
nuclearblast- September 29, 2009 at 5:51 am
Marius Zaromskis ? Who ? LOL

That guy fought nobody...he would get crushed by Kos, Swick, Fitch, Alves would kill him for real. GSP would...would...let me keep dreamin, that would be wonderful.

Clyde- September 29, 2009 at 5:16 am
Is the calling out Hughes irrespective of the weight class you fight in? I think that Lashley Vs. Hughes could be interesting.

And I think GSP vs. either of these guys is likely to be the same as GSP vs. everyone else he's fought. There's a chance he'll loose but most likely they'll end up on their back eating fists, elbows and the occasional knee in the ribs for 25 minutes, or until they, the ref, their corner or doctors say they've had enough.
LukeTheDuke- September 29, 2009 at 3:37 am
Oh I didn't see your post 831...Here Here.
LukeTheDuke- September 29, 2009 at 3:35 am
UFC needs to sign Marius Zaromskis. That dude will crush the WW Divsion.
LargeMidget- September 28, 2009 at 11:14 pm
Hardy is the real fuckin' deal. Watch him closesly and you'll see he's just devastating. Very accurate and powerful, with great timing. He made a chump out of Davis. I think Hardy has a better chance at beating GSP than Swick (though I'd favor GSP heavilly either way).
sp00ki kabuki- September 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm
even uglier than gsp v. sera? really? not even close. and didnt sera make gsp tap to strikes?
831 Son- September 28, 2009 at 8:31 pm
Marius Zaromskis vs GSP needs to happen. Hurry the fuck up and sign him already Dana.
McClaniac- September 28, 2009 at 7:44 pm
mike swick loves his fans THIS much!
Dante- September 28, 2009 at 7:16 pm
GSP is a toolbox. Back flip into the pit from MK1 plz.
john t- September 28, 2009 at 7:03 pm
It would be like Paul Daley against someone intelligent enough to use their ground game.
Fred Reeva- September 28, 2009 at 6:53 pm
George St. Pierre versus Dan Hardy would be the ugliest title match in UFC history.
Smitty- September 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm
I don't care who wins this fight. I'm ready for the next GSP fight!!!
reddog- September 28, 2009 at 5:40 pm
Well, I for one, used to look forward to hughes' fights when he was champ. remember his fight with royce? i have never seen the bars so packed, except for 100.

But, that was several years ago. Now he is just a stepping stone/gate keeper. Too bad. I am going to buy the Buck urine and rifle ammo he promotes, all in the name of God.
Onan- September 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm
I love all these guys calling out Matt Hughes now that he is past his prime. I am not a Matt Hughes fan at all but I know that the real Matt Hughes would run through Swick, Koscheck and Fitch. All of them would get picked up, slammed near the cage and pounded or submitted.

GSP for Prime Minister- September 28, 2009 at 5:20 pm
I like all three fighters... Koscheck, Fitch, and Swick... But if they had a tag-team match against GSP, I seriously think they would still lose.
Koeikan- September 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm
lol, yeah, fuck hughes.
danomite- September 28, 2009 at 5:17 pm
I think it's hilarious that they are calling out Hughes just to mess with him. I think that should be AKA's thing from now on, like team Jackson's nipple tweaking. They should all call out Matt Hughes after every win from now on, regardless of weight class. How funny would it be for Cain Velasquez to ask for a fight with Hughes after every fight.