Soon it will be Mike Swick’s fight week, and we will watch in anticipation as we wonder if Roger Huerta will inform Swick of a business decision Huerta had to make during Swick’s fight week. His ****in’ fight week, to be exact. It would just be another in a long string of unfortunate events for Swick, who we haven’t seen for over two and a half years due to a misdiagnosed stomach ailment and a torn ACL. Damn, that’s like the nerd equivalent of getting the red ring of death, the PS3 yellow light of death and a lost and unrecoverable password to your Steam account, now you have to deal with Valve’s sketchy customer service. Horrible, horrible.
The last time we saw Swick, dude was on the wrong end of a darce choke applied by Paulo Thiago at UFC 109. Back then BJ Penn and Brock Lesnar were gods, everyone was talking about Inception and we could still believe in the young love of a Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewert. A lot has changed since then, but Swick seems to be in good health and in good spirits leading up to his fight with our dude Damarques Johnson – here’s what he had to say to ESPN.
I remember feeling great. I was so happy. I had dealt with thinking my career was over and then getting my career back. I was extremely healthy. A couple weeks before the fight, we were doing marathon rolls. I was with Kos [Josh Koscheck], working on getting back to my feet. My foot got stuck to the mat and I turned, leaving my leg extended. All his weight buckled on my leg and bent it inward. It made a loud pop, and I knew instantly the fight was off.
It was rough. I was questioning what was going on. What was I doing wrong to deserve that kind of bad luck. The one thing that stayed true was I was excited it was a knee injury. At least I overcame the big hurdle, which was my health. Yeah, I’ll be out for a year, but at least the health is there.
I’ve gone through three fight camps. This is my third fight camp without a fight. Going through one camp you pick up a lot and you evolve. This is my third full 12-week camp, so there’s been a lot of training in there.
There were times it was frustrating, but I did a lot of stuff in the last two years. I helped build a business, traveled, visited the military overseas, had a baby girl — a lot of great things happened in the last two years that would have had to happen during fight camps. So, I definitely tried to make the most of my time off.
Read more of the interview at ESPN. A 20-word report will be due to me tomorrow and no frilly ends on your notebook paper this time.