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Mike Swick vs. Dan Hardy Could Decide the UFC’s Next Welterweight Title Challenger

(Images courtesy of Dan Hardy’s Facebook page and Mike Swick’s Twitter feed, via BloodyElbow.)

UFC president Dana White has confirmed to MMA Fanhouse that a welterweight fight between Mike Swick and Dan Hardy is in the works, with the winner potentially getting the next shot at Georges St. Pierre‘s belt. Though the bout hasn’t yet been tied to a specific event, UFC 105 (November 14th, Manchester) seems likely, as British fan-favorite Hardy was already rumored to face Dong Hyun Kim on the card, while Swick has expressed a desire to return to action quickly after a concussion suffered in training scrapped his scheduled fight against Martin Kampmann at UFC 103.

Mike Swick (14-2) has been a perfect 4-0 since dropping to the welterweight division, winning decisions over Josh Burkman and Marcus Davis, and impressive stoppage victories over Jonathan Goulet and Ben Saunders. Dan Hardy (22-6, 1 no contest) has also been on a tear since he signed with the UFC last year, earning split-decisions against Akihiro Gono and Marcus Davis, and knocking the daylights out of Rory Markham at UFC 95.

Though Georges St. Pierre is still rehabbing the groin injury he suffered in his decision win against Thiago Alves in July, he expects to be ready for action by early next year.

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TheSlothman- September 28, 2009 at 10:39 am
nuclearblast called this 1 perfect... these 2 couldnt beat GSP if they fought him together! i mean i hate the guy , but there is NO ONE that has a shot against him right now....UFC, iiii imm not iiimmpresssed byee your conttenderrss...
dude- September 28, 2009 at 9:48 am
I agree with Viva Hate and D Boy Hate, neither Hardy or Swick is worthy of a title shot just yet; and I'm a Hardy fan. If Hardy wins which i'm hoping for, he should take another 2 fights (assuming he wins these) before taking on GSP 'cause he looked sloppy against Marcus Davis. Davis kept taking him down and Hardy didn't know what to do on the ground. If Hardy shows up like that against GSP you can forget about it.
Viva Hate- September 28, 2009 at 7:14 am
Ya, we need to check on the status of Dan Hardy and the girl in his facebook, he appears to be pulling a Roman Polanski............
Mike Milbury- September 28, 2009 at 7:02 am
Who's the chick beside Dan Hardy on his Facebook? His girlfriend? Yes, that is all I care about concerning this story.
nuclearblast- September 28, 2009 at 6:19 am
They should allow these two "contenders" to go tag-team against GSP.

Of course they won't be able to do it once GSP grab swick's leg but just like in wrestling it's allow to cheat while Herb is away, looking for weed.

So, Hardy could jump in the action and hit GSP with a chair.
D Boy Fresh- September 28, 2009 at 6:08 am
This is a terrible match-up. There is no way that Dan Hardy should earn a title shot if he beats Swick,which will not happen anyway. I think that Swick should be fighting Alves while Hardy fights Semtex.
Viva Hate- September 28, 2009 at 6:03 am
I like both guys but neither one will be able to take out GSP, sorry guys.