Swick Plays Waiting Game

Written by Tom Ngo
January 23rd, 2009

UFC welterweight Mike Swick will join the millions of MMA fans tuning in to the highly anticipated rematch between UFC 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn. Although most are anxious to see two of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters duke it out, Swick is just eager to see who wins as his future will be directly impacted.

Although Swick has gone on record as wanting to face the division’s top contender, Thiago Alves, he may have to wait if St-Pierre reigns supreme at UFC 94.

“I still really want that fight with Alves,” Swick stated. “But if I can’t get that fight, I’ll take whoever the UFC gives me. Hopefully I’ll be back in March or April.”

The UFC has already promised Alves a shot at St-Pierre if he were to successfully defeat Penn for a second time. That would mean the organization would have to find a different opponent for the American Kickboxing Academy fighter.

However if Penn were to defeat GSP to become the only fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold titles in two different weight classes, then a Swick/Alves bout would be possible as Penn would need to drop back down to defend his UFC lightweight belt.

The last time Penn defended his 155-pound title he defeated former champion Sean Sherk at UFC 84 in May.

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