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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.