Former Ultimate Fighter cast member Mike Swick, who has fought in both the UFC middleweight and welterweight division is a very busy man these days. Swick, who last fought two years ago, has been busy running his AKA Thailand gym while also running the fight promotion, Primal FC. However Swick surprised everybody when he stated that he would come out of retirement to fight former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Hughes.
Swick made the following statement to the Three Amigos Podcast: “I saw this interview with Matt Hughes where he was talking about coming back, if he could find a fight that he thought he could win. All fingers were pointing to Royce Gracie, and obviously now it’s a little bit more open that he’s pursuing this fight with Royce Gracie, and I couldn’t resist. I am trying every single angle I can to get that fight because I don’t want to fight anyone else. I honestly don’t. But Matt Hughes is somebody that I wanted to fight in the prime of my career, when he was a champion. I fought on the undercard — I was co-main event of the fight when he fought Gracie the first time. We fought at the same time, I was a contender and he was the champion, and we were relevant at the same time. He wants to fight a 50-year-old Gracie now? And so I had to step in, and I’m doing everything in my power to get this fight. I’ve always wanted the fight, and I don’t think he should fight Gracie. I think Gracie’s done enough, he’s a legend, he can live his life and have a good time. If Matt Hughes wants to fight, and he wants some money and he wants to have a fight again, then I think he should earn it, and I think he should fight me. I’ll come back and I’ll take that fight in a second. So, I’m doing everything in my power to get this fight. He’s ignoring all of my attempts — I’ve been on Twitter, I’ve been on Instagram, and we’re about to follow up with some more stuff — I am literally trying everything I can to get that fight.”
Hughes, who is rumored to be in talks with Bellator to come out of retirement, has not comments on Swick’s announcement yet.