It wasn’t the route that welterweight Mike Swick had intended on taking towards a UFC title shot, but he’ll take it nonetheless. Word on the street is that Swick will be meeting Dan Hardy at UFC 105 to determine who gets next the next crack at champion Georges St-Pierre’s strap.
“Hey guys, no I am not fighting Hughes or GSP next. I do have some really cool news but can’t say just yet… Stay tuned,” Swick Tweeted on Sunday evening.
No need to wait on Swick as Mike Chiappetta of AOL FanHouse confirmed Swick’s next assignment with UFC president Dana White via text message late last evening.
Swick, who stakes claim to a 14-2 professional record, was slated to face Martin Kampmann at UFC 102 in a #1 contender matchup, however was forced to withdraw after suffering a concussion during training.
UFC rookie Paul Daley stepped in on short notice and was able to pull out the upset W.
Swick is riding a four-fight winning streak since dropping down to the UFC’s 170-pound division in early 2008. The former “The Ultimate Fighter 1” contestant has posted victories over Josh Burkman, Marcus Davis and most recently a pair of TKO victories over Jonathan Goulet and Ben Saunders, respectively.
Hardy was last seen squeaking out a close split decision over the aforementioned Davis at UFC 99, bumping his record to an impressive 22-6. He was slated to face the undefeated Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 105 on November 14th in England, however it looks like Kim is getting bumped in favor of a more significant fight.
Although White didn’t confirm a date or venue for the welterweight showdown, as of Monday morning, the Hardy vs. Kim contest was still listed on the UFC 105 official roster. It’s likely that they will slide Swick into Kim’s spot and find another opponent for the talented Korean.
UFC 105 will be jumping off inside the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. The show will be made available to MMA fans in North America via same-day tape delay on Spike TV.
(UPDATED 9/28/09 at 11:35AM):
Swick just posted the following on his Twitter account:
“I am back guys! You will see me in the octagon again in 7 weeks! I can Hardy wait!”
At the same time, Hardy confirmed the tussle on his official website as well. Hardy states that Kim suffered an injury, which created this top contender matchup.