UFC welterweights Mike Swick and Dan Hardy got rumors swirling yesterday that they may be facing off against one another in the near future. Dan Hardy posted on his facebook page, “The universe is in my favour at the moment! MMA Fans prepare for some big news over the next few days!” Then Swick posted on his Twitter, “Hey guys, no I am not fighting Hughes or GSP next. I do have some really cool news but can’t say just yet… Stay tuned!”
The fact that the two posts were relatively close together in time, and talked about potential future match-ups led many to believe that a bout between the two was being organized. This morning, UFC President Dana White confirmed the bout to MMAFanhouse and added that the winner would be top contender to Georges St. Pierre’s championship.
As yet, White made no mention of when the potential bout would take place, but UFC 105 in November seems to be the likely candidate. Both fighters have spent time in training camps recently, and Hardy was already scheduled to be on the November 14 card in Manchester, England fighting Dong Hyun Kim. However, telegraph.co.uk reported that Kim suffered an injury which made Hardy available to face Swick.
Swick was last in action gaining a TKO victory over Ben Saunders at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany. He had been scheduled to fight Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 in a battle for number one contendership, but suffered a concussion in training which prevented him from competing in the bout.
Hardy also last fought at UFC 99, where he earned a split decision victory over Marcus Davis. Hardy is now 3-0 in his UFC career, and is quickly growing in popularity. With a win over Swick in their upcoming bout, Hardy could really boost hist standings within the company.