Mike Swick, it’s been a good run. While we’re sad to see you go, you’re leaving as close to “on your terms” as possible, and that’s the only thing an athlete could ever ask for. Swick has battled against the odds in his career, being misdiagnosed with a stomach issue, being unable to keep on weight and still battling back to get wins in arguably the toughest division in MMA is no small feat.
Mike Swick, be comfortable in the fact that you will one day be hoisting a UFC Hall of Fame trophy above your head. As part of TUF 1, you transformed MMA and thrust the sport we love into the relative mainstream. Your knockouts that earned you the nickname Quick will not soon be forgotten, and while your career may be finished, your highlights will live on.