The Ultimate Fighting Championship has signed welterweight competitor Mike Swick to a new contract, according to a report in the April 10 print edition of the Wrestling Observer.
Neither Swick or the UFC has issued an official comment.
The first fight of Swick’s new deal is scheduled to take place on June 7 at UFC 85 in London, where he will face fellow welterweight Marcus Davis, who is on the heels of an 11 fight win streak.
Swick entered the UFC after appearing on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality television series on Spike TV. During the show, Swick competed as a light heavyweight but moved back to his natural weight class of 185 pounds after knocking out Alex Schoenauer in 20 seconds of round 1 during the live season finale.
In seven career fights in the UFC, Swick boasts an impressive record of 6-1 with notable victories over Joe Riggs, David Loiseau, and Gideon Ray.
He made his debut as a welterweight at UFC Fight Night 12 this past January in response to his first UFC loss to Yushin Okami in his native Houston at UFC 69. At UFN 12, Swick’s welterweight debut was met with mixed results. While he was victorious in recording a split decision victory over Josh Burkman, his performance during the bout was panned by various pundits.
Swick trains out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., and his reported decision to re-sign with the UFC comes on the heels of training partner and fellow welterweight competitor Josh Koscheck’s decision to re-sign with the promotion. Koscheck’s new contract with the UFC was first reported by this website several weeks ago.