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Mike Swick needs elbow surgery, won’t be fighting in April

Mike Swick may have earned his nickname based on the speed of his punches but it unfortunately appears as though his return to the Octagon will be anything but “Quick” due to an elbow injury the American Kickboxing Academy staple suffered in his UFC 109 bout with Paulo Thiago.

Though the nature of the actual damage remains a mystery, the Nevada State Athletic Commission first pointed out the potential problem on their list of medical suspensions for the event, stating Swick “must have left elbow x-rayed and cleared by an orthopedic doctor” or would be unable to compete until August 6th, 2010.”

Little had been heard about the situation until now, as Swick himself recently shed a little light on the matter via his Twitter page:

Doctor appointment on Monday to figure out how they are going to fix my arm which is most certainly only with surgery. MRI results were pretty bad.

Previously, the 14-4 Texan had been mentioned as possibly facing former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra at a Fight Night event being planned for April 17th. However, Swick has removed himself from consideration due to the nature of his shoulder, confirming on Twitter that he is “not fighting Serra”.

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