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Former UFC contender Mike Swick: ‘I’m doing everything in my power’ to get Matt Hughes fight

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Ex-UFC standout and TUF 1 cast member Mike Swick has been retired for nearly two years, but with the legendary Matt Hughes contemplating a comeback, Swick wants to face him.

It’s been nearly two years since former UFC welterweight and middleweight contender Mike Swick announced the end of his MMA career. These days, not only is Swick the proud owner of the highly-regarded AKA Thailand gym, but he’s now running his own fight promotion. Last Friday marked the successful debut of Primal FC, which was held at the scenic Paradise Beach in Phuket.

While Swick may be retired, there is one welterweight legend whose possible return to the sport is enticing Swick to make his own comeback just to fight him. In a recent interview with Bloody Elbow’s Three Amigos Podcast, Swick was asked about the idea of a “Legends Division” in MMA, and his answer soon took an unexpected turn towards wanting to fight Matt Hughes.

“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,” Swick said. “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 [at UFC 60 in 2006]. We fought at the same time, I was a contender and he was the champion, and we were relevant at the same time.”

Swick (15-6) was part of the inaugural cast of The Ultimate Fighter and soon became a fan favorite through his exciting, early first-round finishes, as he lived up to the “Quick” nickname. Injuries and a stomach illness led to multiple bout cancellations in recent years, and he only competed four times from 2010-2015. His last win was an August 2012 second-round KO of DaMarques Johnson at UFC on FOX 4, and he also took home a $50,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus.

“He wants to fight a 50-year-old Gracie now,” Swick continued. “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 (45-9) is currently not signed to any promotion, although there were preliminary talks made with Bellator MMA, where Royce Gracie is under contract. The 43-year-old was recently let go from his role as the UFC’s Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations, as part of the string of planned layoffs by the new ownership group.

You can check out the rest of our interview with Swick HERE at the 56:20 mark of the audio.

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