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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mike forced out of UFC 103

Written By: Mary Swick

I regret to inform you that Mike was forced to pull out of his September 19 bout at UFC 103 against Martin Kampmann. This past week during training, Mike suffered a Grade 2 head concussion after a takedown when he landed on the back of his head. After being examined by two physicians, he was told not to fight. Against doctors orders, Mike had still hoped to heal in time to fight in Texas. After symptoms continued through training in the days following, Bob Cook stepped in and pulled him from the fight.  

Although Mike is extremely upset, he is anxious to get back in the ring and fight again soon. Mike released this statement...

"I am very sorry to the fans who were looking forward to this fight. I was very excited to come back home to Texas and fight in front my family, friends and fans. I am also sorry to the UFC, they have spent a lot of time promoting this fight. I am in great shape and will continue to train hoping to get an opportunity to fight again soon. I will post any updates on my Twitter page at I want to thank all the fans for their support. The emails and Tweets have been great and has made this unfortunate incident much easier to deal with. "

Nikelback Rocks!

Written By: Mary Swick

I've been a huge fan of the band Nikelback ever since I heard their first hit single "How you Remind Me" on the radio.  Since then, I've searched local venues hoping they would tour to a city nearby. Several years later, Mike was fortunate enough to meet the bass guitarist for Nikelback, who is also named Mike. They have since become friends and poker pals. Although Mike had hung out with them on several occasions, I had yet to meet my favorite band. Needless to say, when Mike informed me that they would be performing in Mountain View, I was thrilled. Not only did we attend the concert, but Mike introduced me to the band before they performed. Mike and Chad, both Nickelback band members, were incredibly down to earth. 
The concert exceeded my expectations.  The music, the pyrotechnics, the banter with the crowd, it was truly an amazing experience. 

Monday, August 17, 2009

Another UFC fight, Another Victory! Written By: Mary

Written By: Mary Swick

Things have been pretty hectic around the Swick residence. Since his last fight, a knockout victory over Ben Saunders at UFC 99, Mike has been busy promoting and preparing for his upcoming fight against Martin Kampmann. The moment the fight was confirmed and it was announced that the winner takes on GSP for the title, he hasn't left the gym.

Fortunately, we were able to spend some quality time in both Germany and in Amsterdam before his next training camp began.

Post fight party downtown Germany. We hung out at a local pub till dawn. 

Spending time in Amsterdam. 

For more footage of UFC 99 in Germany, please click HERE

Monday, June 8, 2009

Germany Photos - Day #1 - City Touring & Fight Training

We arrived in Germany today. After checking into our hotel we had a chance to walk around the neighborhood. 

This bridge was covered with pad locks. Cool idea to leave your mark. The locks were all signed by random people who happen to be walking this bridge with an extra lock in their pocket and a marker. Oddly, I forgot to bring my extra pad lock and therefore couldn't leave my mark...

It seems that pork is the main item on the menu here. After spotting a pink, smiling pig, I jumped at the chance to ride this oddly happy swine. 

We finished the short neighborhood walk with a visit to a local pub. 

Later on, I met up with Cain, Dave and Javier for a night workout session. Cain and I ran first and then did some rolling....

After rolling with Cain, I did some pad work with Javier. Felt really good. Can't wait till Saturday! 

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Good: I Have A New UFC Action Figure. The Bad: FITCH BROKE IT!

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That's right, an action figure! I couldn't believe what I was looking at inside the UFC office this weekend in Las Vegas... I was looking at a small, little, plastic ME! I thought it was so cool that I went and got Fitch to come check out this bite size replica of myself and this is what happened....

First, I show Fitch just how happy I am that I have an action figure....

Then I show Fitch how I can coordinate with it so that we look as one. I explain how it is very flexible and can do submissions. I forget to mention that this is JUST A PROTOTYPE FIIIIIITCH!

He, as a 190 pound human, armbars my 6 oz action figure thus ripping his arm off....

In the process making me very sad....

Since this story took place, I have knocked him out in the video game about 10 times....

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Playing The $2.5 Million Guarantee FTOPS Poker Main Event Today...

I will be playing in the $2.5 Million Guarantee FTOPS Poker Main Event today online. The tournament is $500+$35 to buy-in with a guaranteed 1st place prize of $432,000. I invite all to come and play or just to chat! For more poker info, please visit....

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I will be heading to Vegas for the World Series Of Poker after my fight on June 13th. I will probably get to Vegas on the 20th or 21st and will play my first event on the 22nd. Looking to start this year with event #44, the $2500 7 card RAZZ. More details will be posted in the future, right now I am just focusing on the fight in Germany!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Recent Updates/Small Talk On Twitter...

I have not posted a new blog in a while because... First, nothing really cool has happened... Second, Twitter has taken over for the small stuff. I have been Twitting all the small details of daily life and training and saving the bigger news for here.

To see my Twitter page, please click...

My Official Twitter Page!

Training has been going great! I am in great shape and just wish the fight was sooner! The UFC Countdown show came in a filmed my training last week so I guess we will be featured on Spike TV the week of the fight.

Also, the UFC video game is coming out in only 7 days! Be sure and get your copy on May 19th! Just don't beat me up too bad!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Succumbed To The Twitter Bug!

I have finally succumbed to the Twitter bug! I will be posting daily about training and life through my next fight in June.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Meaningful Story From Germany...

The highlight of my whole trip was at the end. After meeting all the injured servicemen and giving them shirts and caps from my new clothing line, we surprised them the next day by escorting them onto the CA-17 aircraft which eventually transported them back to the States. When we got to the flight line it was touching seeing the guys wearing the shirts I had given them, though the highlight was yet to come...

After all the patients were loaded onto the plane, we stood in the center-front part of the aircraft and visited with some of the staff. There was a patient that was strapped in the bottom gurney near us that we had previously visited the day before. He was a victim of an incident which had his arm pretty messed up. He was wearing my shirt and it had the sleeves cut off of it, I am guessing because his arm was so large from all the medical wraps and braces. He was a little sedated due to the pain and didn't even know we were on the plane at this point. I kept an eye on him so that if he noticed us, I would smile and wish him well.

Eventually he looked over and saw that we were on the plane. He then raised his arm out from under his blanket and smiled. Ordinarily, that would be touching enough but what made it even more touching was that he was holding the cap I had given him in his hand. Talk about powerful! He couldn't even wear a cap but was full willing to hold it the whole way back to the states. He didn't even know I was going to be there that day.

I felt so sad and humbled that such a small gift would mean so much to someone. It was the very reason I started Combat Life in the first place and if I never make a penny thats fine with me, because thats what its about right there.

At the time of this post, there have been 4,966 American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. There have been 31,230 American's wounded in just Iraq alone and that's just the official records. It is estimated at over 100,000 wounded. It is absolutely disgusting the lack of attention and support that our troops are receiving from the public.

These guys are the most heroic and selfless people I have ever met. They don't make much money, they don't get any credit, and yet they serve our Country without hesitance even if it means getting hurt or killed.

So as for all the Servicemen and women who are reading this... Before you tell me that I inspire you, please know that you truly inspire me. It takes a very special person to perform the duties of our Military and though it seems you are sometimes forgotten and looked down upon by the very Nation you protect, know that you have huge support from us in the UFC.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Pictures From My Military Tour In Germany!

Our cross country vehicle.

Fitch jamming to Reggae on the bus. The beer was not mine!

After checking into Spangdahlem Air Base early, we traveled to nearby Trier, one of the oldest cities in Germany. There were a lot of old Roman ruins to explore.

If you look to the left in the picture, you can see Fitch wandering around like the kung-fu guy, searching for answers.

Fitch and I doing a radio interview...intensely!

Hanging out at the USO Warrior Center

One of our 4 scheduled signings. This one was at Ramstein Air Base.

Talking to a class of Airmen about physical fitness, diet and nutrition.

This servicemen gave me the patch off his uniform that he wore the whole time he was in Iraq. He said it was good luck and he wanted to pass it on to me. It meant a lot and will be framed on my office wall along with the military coins I received from this trip.

Teaching a seminar with Jon Fitch and Dan Hardy at Spangdahlem Air Base. All of these guys were very familiar with MMA and they even had a base combatives program. I am starting to see these forming at a lot of military bases now. Its good to see!

I don't know what I was doing here. I guess I was showing how to throw a hand grenade from your back.

Seargant Major O'Neal escorted us through the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to visit the wounded servicemen. Their stories were touching and heroic, though they all kept a humble demeanor. I gave them all T-Shirts and Caps from my new clothing line. It was only a small token considering what these guys give every day, but they were very gracious.

The next day we surprised the wounded servicemen by showing up at the airfield to escort them onto the C-17 airplane, which will transfer them back to the States for further treatment.

This is one bad dude right here! He suffered from an explosion and had shrapnel all in his legs. Before we took this photo he was strapped down to a gurney about to be transported onto the plane. When he saw us he made the nurse unstrap him so he could stand up and take a picture. Must have been really painful, absolutely incredible!

Seeing the guys who were wearing the T-shirt I gave them the previous day was touching. The small things say it all. I will blog more about this experience in my next blog...

Sitting in the cockpit of the C-17 before takeoff. Its a little more intricate than the 1979 Cessna 172 Skyhawk I use to fly in flight school. Quite a bit heavier as well!

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