On Thursday, UFC veteran Mike Swick (pictured) announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
“July 11th 2015 at UFC 189 was officially my final fight,” Swick posted on his official Facebook page. “I was healthy and injury free for the first time in 8 years but still couldn’t put my game together. There comes a time when every fighter realizes he is older and not what he use to be and I want to acknowledge this and stay true and honest to what I have always said, that I will leave when I know I am done. It’s a hard thing to do considering everyone wants to go out on top, unfortunately when your actually on top, you never wanna go out.
“It’s unfair to the UFC, the fans and to my family and friends for me to keep chasing this career while giving performances that I am not proud of.”
The welterweight said he will still be involved in the sport by training fighters at his AKA Thailand gym.
Swick owns a 15-6 professional record, but had dropped four of his last five fights. Alex Garcia hung a lopsided unanimous decision over “Quick” this past Saturday.
Swick, now 36, emerged onto the UFC scene as a contestant on the original “The Ultimate Fighter” back in 2005.