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Mike Swick Out of UFC 103 With Injury; Paul Daley to Replace Against Martin Kampmann

(Sometimes you play the cards, and sometimes the cards play you. Photo courtesy of FullTiltPoker.)

Mike Swick has confirmed to that he suffered an injury in training, and has been forced to pull out of his #1 welterweight contender match against Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 (September 19th, Dallas). As Swick explained on Twitter, "I got foot swept while sparring this week and lost my legs. Landed on back of my head and neck and suffered a pretty bad concussion."

Replacing him will be Paul Daley, the well-regarded British striker who was slated to make his Octagon debut on the same card against Brian Foster. As Daley allegedly told our least-favorite tabloid: "I came to the UFC to fight the best, and that’s what I am going to do. Kampmann is on a roll with the UFC, but I will roll over him. Semtex is going to explode onto the UFC’s welterweight scene at UFC 103."

Unfortunately for the UFC, they needed the Swick/Kampmann fight to produce a legitimate contender for Georges St. Pierre. Though GSP has no desire to return to action before January, he could be looking at an even longer layoff as the welterweight contender picture gets sorted out. (Logically, Swick would fight the winner of Kampmann vs. Daley, and the winner of that fight would take on GSP sometime in the spring.) The UFC 103 lineup currently looks like this:

Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Junior dos Santos
Martin Kampmann vs. Paul Daley
Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg
Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca

Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller
Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal
Jim Miller vs. Steve Lopez
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz
Eliot Marshall vs. Jason Brilz
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Igor Pokrajac
Rob Emerson vs. Rafael Dos Anjos

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UFC fan- September 4, 2009 at 8:32 pm
I sure hope this card is free cause I have seen Fight nights that had more draw, fuck a duck this sucks.
EDoggFunkMonk- September 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm
I've got a legit contender for GSP: Cornstarch. It counteracts the Vaseline.
Bob Loblaw- September 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm
is this the card that will show the undercard on Spike?
danomite- September 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm
so you think because swick gets injured kampmann should now have to fight twice to get a title shot while swick still gets one? fuck if that's the case and i was kampmann i would "get injured" in practice real quick and wait to fight swick again.
sPeLLcHeCkEr- September 4, 2009 at 2:04 pm
wow that was so shopped.

and double wow, quite a bunch of dudes coming into the UFC and getting almost instant contender-level pushes lately.

now's your chance, 831 Son.
for the love of mma- September 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm
gsp will spank all three so whats the point!
Jackal- September 4, 2009 at 1:16 pm
I think Kampmann is the better of the three, but I don't think he is in the range of gsp technically. This fight can help him though, if he can put on a dominant performance (albeit vs. a much lower ranked fighter) for the fans he'll be good marketing too pump up the title fight should he get next in line, unless silva decides he's too fat and drops another fifteen lbs. sweeeeeet
NateGetsIrate- September 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm
YOOOO!!! Jacare's talking mad shit on Shields and Mayhem. Wake up Bens! Where you at on this one?!
LockDown- September 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm
Really nice card.
Looking forward Dos Anjos and Cigano fights.
yerdoneson- September 4, 2009 at 1:01 pm
it would have been a good fight but realistically the winner would be rewarded with a chance to spend 25 minutes on their back against gsp
NateGetsIrate- September 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm
No big deal. Not like any one of these chumps stands a chance against Georges, anyways.
Clyde- September 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm
How the fuck do you land on your head from a foot sweep? Muppet.
CJvsCP- September 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm
Hopefully they throw the whole card free to us! This card is bullshit! Nuf said.
Chri534.- September 4, 2009 at 12:26 pm
So what the hell are they planning to do with the free undercard fights now? It was my understanding that the U.S. was getting Escudero/Miller and McFedries/Drwal, while the U.K. was getting Daley/Foster. Hopefully they change their minds and throw another fight or two into the free portion now.
Mike Milbury- September 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm
He failed to mention that it was (allegedly) Kos and his stupid hair that foot swept him.
Houstons db- September 4, 2009 at 12:16 pm
GD swick.. way to ruin my day
One Two- September 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm
Awesome Swick sucks anyway I'd rather see Semtex who I'm pretty sure would kill swick.
Titos Head- September 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm
eelcozy- September 4, 2009 at 11:59 am
That sucks, I was kind of looking forward to that fight. I don't think Daley can hang with Kampmann on the ground.