Despite all the things he does well as a fighter, Mike Swick is not a very good bowler. I found this out when I went to San Jose recently to do a Fight Magazine cover story on him (September issue, on newsstands everywhere Aug. 25, though if you were a subscriber you’d already have yours) and he invited me to come bowling with him and his wife. As I would learn, even a night at the bowling alley is an intense affair for the Swick househould.
If you couldn’t tell from the video, Swick is a competitive guy. Even though he doesn’t bowl often, and even though I bowled probably the best game of my life through some glorious accident, he couldn’t quite let it go. He accused me of spending all my free time in bowling alleys (not true, I sometimes go to movies), and a week later I got a text message from him informing me that he beat my score at Wii bowling (my response: “I just beat Anderson Silva at UFC Undisputed, so now we both know there’s a big gap between video games and reality.”)
This single-minded determination makes sense, once you get to know the guy. After this game his wife told me a story about the first time her dad and brother took Swick golfing. He barely knew how to hold a club, and didn’t do well against two avid golfers. So he set himself to learning the game and when they played again just a few months later, he held his own. Now he pars his local course without too much trouble.
Something tells me that if Swick and I ever meet on the lanes again, he’s going to be prepared.