Swick: surgery's changed my style
Since making his Ultimate Fighting Championships debut in 2005 coming off of the promotion's first season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series,
Performing on the show as a light heavyweight, he made it to the semi-finals, falling to
Moving down to welterweight, Swick has once again found his footing, winning two in a row, before a long nagging injury forced him to have surgery, placing him on the shelf for the coming months.
Eager to heal up and return to action, Swick recently spoke to MMAWeekly about his injury, when it appears he could return to action, and the recent light heavyweight championship victory of fellow former Ultimate Fighter 1 cast mate
It's been an ongoing problem. It's caused me to have limited flexibility with my arm, so it was becoming a really big hassle in training and stuff. Luckily for me, the fight with (
It actually kind of worked out okay, but considering how much of a problem (my elbow's) been, we knew immediately after the fight I'd have to schedule surgery and get it fixed. That's what we did, and the surgery was a success. Dr. Sanders said it's going to be a really good recovery and he thinks I can get the arm back to 100 percent -- so I'm really excited.
On the ground I knew I couldn't use my proper hand positioning on the right side if someone was on top of me, so I'd automatically go to the left. On the feet obviously I couldn't throw hard right hands knowing that if I missed, I would over-extend the elbow and it would swell up.
It basically altered my style... so it's going to be really cool to go back in there and have my body at 100 percent.
Considering I'm not fighting until November or December, I'm still keeping my eye on the division and I want tough fighters and good fights. I want to fight the best guys available for sure.
I always root for Season 1 guys because we have that bond and went in there expecting basically nothing. We didn't even think it would be on TV. We thought it would be cancelled. You've got to realize, everything that had happened mainstream towards the sport in the previous five to ten years didn't work out. So, we went in there expecting it to not do well, just use it as an opportunity to get in the UFC, and it just blew up. So, it's really cool watching everybody now.