Mike Swick is expected to make his welterweight debut at UFC Fight Night 12 against Josh Burkman according to MMA Mania. Though the official bout agreements have not been signed, partially because a venue and location haven’t been finalized, they are reporting it is a “done deal”.
The site is also reporting the the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is likely to host the event.
Swick (10-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) could become a force at 170 after losing just one bout in the UFC’s middleweight division. Though moving from the UFC’s weakest division to one of its deepest could delay a potential title shot Swick has had impressive showings in the octagon including victories first round wins over his first four opponents. He holds wins over Alex Schoenauer, Gideon Ray, Steve Vigneault, Joe Riggs, and David Loiseau with his lone UFC loss a unanimous decision defeat by Yushin Okami.
Burkman (9-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has had an up-and-down ride in the UFC. After victories over Sam Morgan and Drew Fickett “The People’s Warrior” was defeated by up-and-comer Jon Fitch. He bounced back from the loss with another series of back-to-back wins over Josh Neer and Chad Reiner. He was unable to win a bout earlier this year against welterweight contender Karo Parisyan but was victorious over Forrest Petz at UFC 77 in October.