A matchup between Mike Swick and former welterweight champ Matt Serra, first reported last night as a possibility to co-headline the UFC’s April 17 UFC Fight Night 22 event, is already off, as an arm injury suffered by Swick in his February loss to Paulo Thiago will likely require surgery that will sideline him indefinitely.
“Not fighting Serra guys. Most likely having surgery soon,” Swick today posted on Twitter. “Dr appt on Mon. to figure out how they are going to fix my arm which is most certainly only w/surgery. MRI results were pretty bad.”
Despite being issued a medical suspension that runs until August 6 for the left elbow injury, Swick was reportedly in talks to meet Serra at the event, which airs on Spike TV opposite Stikeforce’s return to CBS, but the UFC must now seek a replacement opponent for Serra or book another bout for the co-main event slot.
There are currently no matchups reported for the event, but CBS Radio’s Carmichael Dave today posted a rumor that newcomer James Toney could debut against Kimbo Slice on the card, which would be held at the Vanderbilt Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, the same city hosting Strikeforce’s event. However, Toney today said he doesn’t expect to fight until June or July.
Pictured: Mike Swick