In an interesting move former UFC middleweight contender Mike Swick has confirmed the he will indeed be dropping to welterwight (170 lbs.) as had been previously suspected. Swick’s contender stock took a hit when he lost to Yushin Okami at UFC 69 in a fight that boosted Okami into a top contenders matchup with Rich Franklin at UFC 72 and sending Swick down in weight.
Before he will be seen as a contender in his new division he will have to prove he will have the same kind of dominance he displayed at middleweight. “Quick” had put together an impressive series of wins prior to the April loss winning 5 straight including wins over David Loiseau and Joe Riggs.
The move in interesting because he leaves an active middleweight division with more frequent title defenses of late (and more title shots) for a welterweight division that is indefinitely in a holding pattern. Currently the next scheduled title defense for the division will be this December on The Ultimate Fighter 6 finale between Matt Serra and Matt Hughes. The title is tied up beyond that with the winner of Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck at UFC 74 likely earning a shot along with Karo Parisyan who essentially locked up a chance for the belt with a unanimous decision win over Josh Burkman at UFC 71.
Swick stated he will be returning to the octagon in September at either UFC 75 in London or UFC 76 in Anaheim.
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