Welterweight contenders Mike Swick and Marcus Davis will face off at UFC 85 in London on June 14th, according to a report by MMA Mania.
Swick (11-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) started his professional career with five straight victories before losing to fellow-Ultimate Fighter 1 cast member Chris Leben at WEC 8. Despite the loss, Swick was still cast for the debut season of the reality series as a light heavyweight but was defeated by Stephan Bonnar in a semi-final matchup. Swick emerged as a middleweight contender following the series with consecutive victories against Alex Schoenauer, Gideon Ray, Steve Vigneault, Joe Riggs, and David Loiseau. A loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 69 halted Swick’s momentum in the middleweight division, ultimately causing him to drop down to the 170-pound welterweight division.
In his welterweight debut he defeated Josh Burkman via majority decision at UFC Fight Night 12 in January.
Davis (14-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) began his career as a professional boxer compiling a 17-1-2 record. Davis, the number-one ranked super middleweight in New England, suffered a knockout loss to Ed Bryant in 2000 which caused him to transition to mixed martial arts. Following a 3-2 start to his MMA career, Davis was cast as a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2. He was defeated by eventual winner Joe Stevenson in the opening round of the series. On the finale of the season Melvin Guillard defeated Davis via TKO due to a cut.
Following a five-fight win streak outside the UFC, Davis returned to the promotion in late-2006 with a first-round submission win over Forrest Petz. He then secured UFC victories against Shonie Carter, Pete Spratt, Jason Tan, Paul Taylor, and most-recently Jess Liaudin at UFC 80 in January. With a six-fight octagon winning streak and eleven-straight wins overall “The Irish Hand Grenade” has emerged as a title contender in the stacked welterweight division.
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