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Mike Swick Touts His Speed, Says Dan Hardy Is Delusional

(Mike Swick’s DIY video blog, which is for some reason posted by Swick himself and not featured on the UFC’s YouTube page along with Dan Hardy’s and Dana White’s.)

Dan Hardy hasn’t waged the same psychological warfare campaign against Mike Swick in advance of their UFC 105 bout this weekend as he did against Marcus Davis, opting instead to politely agree to beat one another’s asses like gentlemen.  That might be because he respects Swick a little more, or just because he realizes that being branded as the guy who makes every fight personal is a great way to make everyone hate you eventually.  But even though Hardy has toned it down for this one, Swick is still finding plenty to get fired up about.  Case in point, his insistence that Hardy does not respect his speed, which seems to be the easiest way to piss Swick off:

“I’ve seen it happen time and time again. Time and time again, my opponents come in and fight me, and they never give me respect, they always say that my speed is not an issue, they always say that they’re stronger than me, they always say that they’re going to hit harder than me, and they always say they’re going to knock me out. And time and time again, I’m the one sitting in the postfight press conference after a victory.”

“You would think by now I’d get some level of respect, especially from a guy with the credentials he has. He’s not stellar, by any means in the UFC. Three wins is great, but two split decisions is horrible. I’ve never even had a split decision. For him to be boasting about it like he’s the next big thing is horrible. All that’s going to come crashing down. After this fight is over with, he’s going to have a whole new perspective. He’s probably going to be upset at his friends and family and his team who are filling his head with all these ridiculous lies that he’s so much better than me in all these areas.”

Check and mate, Dan Hardy.  Your move, sir. 

Is it possible that Swick is a little more in love with his speed than he should be?  He’s got fast hands, and his nickname is "Quick," so I get it.  Just saying, if he happened to have a last name that did not conveniently rhyme with quick — if he was named Mike Leibowitz, for example — you think this would be an issue?  Or would he instead be nicknamed "Mean-o-witz," and constantly claim that people weren’t respecting his meanness?


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Antone- November 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm
Acrocerid Says:
Tue, 11/10/2009 - 13:40

"You don't get another move after check mate...mate."

phaderlanx- November 11, 2009 at 1:00 pm
I got hardy. swick can think hes the cats pajamas, but his padwork and handspeed doesnt impress me. here is to hoping it plays out on the feet.
Komodo- November 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm
Gotta' root for Swick by violence.
WuTangClan- November 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm
Since when does someone have a move after checkmate?
Clyde- November 10, 2009 at 3:05 pm
While Swick hasn't necessarily fought the highest calibre of opponent, I think they're a cut above the guys Hardy's beaten and as he said, they weren't that decisive. I'll go with Swick via TKO.
KidDinomite- November 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm
Dan Hardy on the other hand is a more recognizable personality in the UFC right now. I just kind of doubt he's on the same level as GSP is at this time. But I guess if Shogun figured out Machida, I guess the same could be said for GSP whether Hardy or Fit.... uhhh.... Swick fights him....
Sheps- November 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm
MyFightWiffaCheeto Says:

"So you're saying that Hardy is also just a mid to low level fighter?

(Answer: Yes. Yes he is.)

Swick TKO's your limey buddy in the first round."

Nope, I said Hardy was AS good as Swick, who is a high level fighter. Swick can only pray to stay conscious that night but it aint gunna happen. Hardy has fought all around the world. Who has Swick beat? Joe Riggs and thats about it.
KidDinomite- November 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm
I keep getting Swick and Fitch mixed up. Maybe it's all the shaved head "Dr. Manhattan" looking guys in the UFC right now. But seriously, if I'm mixing the two up then maybe they're not that great. Then again, Swick could get lucky against GSP. Just keep your distance, use kicks, don't commit to punching to keep from getting taken down by GSP, oh and watch for the Superman punch and the occasional kick. That's pretty much GSP's game plan for every fight.
Art Gibs- November 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm
I guess Goog means that Swick is a great fighter, just as Penn is a great actor. But they're both dicks and no one likes them. It's not a particularly helpful or funny analogy, but I think that's what he meant.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- November 10, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Sheps Says:
Tue, 11/10/2009 - 12:28

Swick has made his career by fighting mid to low level fighters, time to fight someone as good as yourself, Hardy is going to K you TFO."

So you're saying that Hardy is also just a mid to low level fighter?

(Answer: Yes. Yes he is.)

Swick TKO's your limey buddy in the first round.
Goog- November 10, 2009 at 1:04 pm
An arrogant guy who's actually pretty good at his work but chooses to alienate people by overhyping himself and as a result needs to do all his own PR instead of anyone else deciding he's newsworthy? Totally unrelated. Just a random thought.

Anyone think Lesnar's tattoo looks like a cock?
TheJuggernaut- November 10, 2009 at 12:34 pm
Goog how does that even apply?
Goog- November 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm
That wasn't really clever enough to need edited... twice. Nor is it improved.

Fail, Marlin.
Merlin- November 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm
Kids, don't do METH or you may end up like this man.

Really Goog WHAT THE @#$% is wrong with you?

Go join Barbara Walters on "The View Forum" and discuss what a nice, humble phenomenal actor Sean Penn and his arrogant ballsack film crew are.

Just sayin' !
Goog- November 10, 2009 at 11:43 am
Sean Penn.

Phenomenal actor, no doubt. One of the best. Nice, humble guy? Not especially. Has to take his own camera crew around with him because he's such an arrogant ballsack that no one else can even fake interest in him.

Just sayin'.
Acrocerid- November 10, 2009 at 11:40 am
You don't get another move after check mate...mate.
K.E.G.- November 10, 2009 at 11:29 am
Yeah it doesn't even matter. I think Swick takes this one but it's the equivalent of going to work doing really well and then on payday your boss says, good work this week and kicks you in the nuts.
Sheps- November 10, 2009 at 11:28 am

Swick has made his career by fighting mid to low level fighters, time to fight someone as good as yourself, Hardy is going to K you TFO.
GetUpAndKill- November 10, 2009 at 11:07 am
Looking forward to GSP beating the winner of this fight.