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Leben Backs Out of Fight With Swick, Jonathan Goulet Now Likely Opponent

Earlier this month Mike Swick and Chris Leben both received contracts to headline UFC Fight Night 11 on September 19th but Leben apparently decided against the main event fight and did not sign the contract according to a recent blog post by Swick.

After news of Leben not agreeing to the fight became public Jonathan Goulet apparently began to trash talk Swick and it now seems likely that Swick will face Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11.

Goulet has a 19-8 MMA record including a 2-2 mark in the UFC. The Canadian welterweight debuted in at UFC Fight Night 2 with a TKO victory over Jay Hieron. After defeating Skonie Carter at a TKO event Goulet returned to the UFC and was TKO’d by Duane Ludwig just 11 seconds into the fight at UFC Fight Night 3. He next defeated Luke Cummo by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 5 but lost his next fight to Josh Koscheck at UFC Fight Night 6 and has not appeared in the UFC since. He is 3-1 in his last 4 MMA fights after leaving the UFC.

Swick, who appeared on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter along with Leben, has emerged as a top contender in the UFC’s middleweight division. After scoring 5 consecutive victories in the UFC, only one of which made it out of the first round, Swick was defeated by Yushin Okami at UFC 69. The loss has fueled rumors that Swick would be dropping to the welterweight division. The recent rumors that he is fighting Goulet, a welterweight, further confirms the speculation.

For more on UFC Fight Night 11 check out the UFC rumors section.


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