UFC on FOX 4 Results: Mike Swick Makes a Huge Statement After Long Absence

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2012

Photo via MMAjunkie.com
Photo via MMAjunkie.com

The welterweight division better take notice—Mike Swick is finally back.

Swick fought for the first time in more than two years and didn't disappoint in his long-awaited comeback fight, knocking out DaMarques Johnson at the 1:20 mark of the second round. Swick, who had lost his last two fights before his two-year hiatus, looked better than ever in his knockout victory.

Many thought that Swick would never return to the Octagon, let alone look as good as he did when he did come back. Swick had been out of the Octagon for over two years, first because of his bout with esophageal spasms, and then, with a left knee injury that derailed his first comeback attempt in 2011.

Any questions about ring rust were quickly put to rest as he immediately went to work on Johnson with his signature boxing combinations.

Swick is a fighter who has always lived up to his nickname "Quick," and he went right back to what he does best in his fight with Johnson—consistently beating Johnson to the punch in their exchanges and ultimately landing an overhand right that put Johnson away.

The win marked the eighth career-knockout victory and his ninth career victory in the UFC.

After a two-year layoff and two-fight losing streak, Swick was in dire need of a win in his return, and that's exactly what he got, now, he will need to build on his momentum to see how far his career can go.

The welterweight division is consistently one of the deepest in the organization so Swick has a lot to prove as he continues to work his way up the ranks, but with his elite hand speed as dangerous as ever, Swick is once again a must-see fighter.