Wednesday will mark Mike Swick’s third bout in the UFC’s deep welterweight division. Although he has posted victories in his previous two appearances, the up-and-coming 170-pounder feels that fans have only seen a small portion of his capabilities. Swick will look to unleash the total package against Jonathan Goulet at “UFC Fight Night 16 – Fight for the Troops.”
“I don’t think I’ve really showcased my abilities at welterweight,” Swick stated. “I think this fight is going to showcase my ability. I’m healthy for this fight. I’m in shape for this fight. I feel as good about this fight as I have in some of my best middleweight fights.”
Swick made the decision to drop down from the middleweight division after his loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 69 in April of 2007. Due to Okami’s overwhelming size and strength, he was able to easily walk away with a unanimous decision victory, prompting Swick to rethink his career path.
Although he looked sluggish in his welterweight debut victory over Josh Burkman, he rebounded nicely against Marcus Davis at UFC 85 in June.
“I think it was a pretty dominant win over Davis, and I think that said a lot,” stated a confident Swick.
For his upcoming bout against Goulet, Swick wants to show the world his newly improved MMA game, one that he has spent countless hours in the gym trying to perfect.
“I don’t want to go out there on December 10th and knock him out in 10 seconds,” said Swick. “I prefer to have a first-round victory, yes, but I haven’t showcased my skills. I’ve trained so hard for this fight, and I have improved so much. I want to show the world how much work I’ve put in.”
The American Kickboxing Academy fighter is expecting both fighters to be throwing heavy leather during Wednesday night’s fight, and he would be shocked if it went to the ground.
“Stylistically, it’s going to be a great match-up,” Swick said. “He’s an exciting fighter. He brings it, and he’s not afraid to throw down and mix it up. I’m hoping we don’t even clinch.”