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Mike Swick hints at January return

It appears UFC welterweight Mike “Quick” Swick may be returning to the Octagon early next year in front of his fellow Texans at an upcoming “Fight for the Troops” event.

The AKA-trained competitor, who won his first four bouts at welterweight after dropping down from 185-pounds, has been out of action since a loss to Paulo Thiago last February left him with an injured elbow requiring surgery to have it “scoped” and fix possible nerve damage.

Word of the potential performance came via the Ultimate Fighter OG’s Twitter page, where he playfully wrote, “So there is a UFC Fight for the Troops event in Texas on January 22nd huh? Wonder who will fight on that card? Hmmm…”

The show Swick is referring to is scheduled to take place at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. The base, one of the largest in the nation, houses more than 30,000 people and may be familiar to the public based on a tragic shooting last November that left thirteen individuals dead and a military psychologist in custody.

Already rumored for the event is a match-up between 155-pound strikers Melvin Guillard and Yves Edwards, as well as a clash between heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Tim Hague.

Swick is 14-4 in his career with wins over Josh Burkman, Joe Riggs, Ben Saunders, and Marcus Davis. If he does indeed compete on the January card he will be looking to avoid a three-fight losing streak including the Thiago defeat, as well as a decision loss to Dan Hardy in November 2009.


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