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Mike Swick Returns Against David Mitchell at ‘Fight for the Troops 2′

(Swick is back, and he’s got a new nutritionist.)

Reeling from back-to-back losses against Dan Hardy and Paulo Thiago — which he partly attributed to a medical misdiagnosis that screwed with his health for years — UFC welterweight contender Mike Swick has a lot to prove in his next fight. According to MMA Weekly, Swick will compete at Fight for the Troops 2 on January 22nd, meeting up with David Mitchell (10-1, 0-1 UFC). Mitchell suffered the first loss of his career in his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 22, dropping a decision to fellow first-timer TJ Waldburger — making Swick vs. Mitchell a true must-win for both fighters.

In 2006, Swick was incorrectly diagnosed with dyspepsia, and was put on a restrictive diet that made it impossible for him to keep weight on, which directly resulted in Swick’s drop from middleweight to welterweight. This year, Swick learned that he actually had "esophageal spasm with acid reflux," a condition that you don’t need to treat by starving yourself. At this very moment, Swick is taking the first step towards fixing his health problems once and for all, undergoing an "experimental medical procedure" that involves getting his esophagus injected with a neurotoxin. Sounds painful, but the ability to eat Thai food again should more than make up for it. Here’s to a "Quick" (yeah, yeah) recovery.

According to, Fight for the Troops 2 will be headlined by Kenny Florian vs. Evan Dunham, a matchup that was originally thought to take place at UFC 126.

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Kimbos Bread- November 2, 2010 at 11:34 am
The foreshadowing of three guys one cup?
cagefightmon- November 2, 2010 at 9:59 am
Just a little odd to see Swick's facial features change dramatically in the last year. Can you say HGH!
RwilsonR- November 2, 2010 at 9:57 am
I always thought Swick had an unfair advantage. It isn't fair to other fighters that he has such a massive underbite and underdeveloped chin. Opponents have nothing to swing for. Fucking cheater!
LOKI- November 2, 2010 at 9:31 am
Swick is the only AKA WW who knows how to strike and is allergic to wrestling.
BONGTAR- November 2, 2010 at 9:24 am
ba dum doosh
Fried Taco- November 2, 2010 at 8:38 am
It wasn't a misdiagnosis, he misunderstood the doctor the first time. The Italian doc said "your problem-a is-a dat-a you keep-a drinking-a dis Pepsi-a".
the glza- November 2, 2010 at 8:21 am
swick is great -- great attitude, great fighter. i'll admit that i never gave him much of a chance coming out of TUF, but he's proven that he can hang in the UFC... maybe even fight his way back to contention.
knucklesamitch- November 2, 2010 at 8:13 am
new nutritionist...heh...I see what you did there.
Morningwood- November 2, 2010 at 8:10 am
who is Mike Swick?