Early Monday morning, Ultimate Fighter Season 1 castmember Mike Swick (14-4, 9-3 UFC) posted messages on his Facebook and Twitter pages that indicated that he would be returning to the January UFC Fight For The Troops 2 event.
The return has since been made official.
MMAWeekly.com reports that Swick will square off against David Mitchell (11-1, 0-1 UFC) in a welterweight clash. It is unknown if the fight will be televised, but given Swick's status as a UFC veteran, it likely will be.
It will mark Swick's return to the Octagon after almost a year away. He last competed at UFC 109, suffering a submission loss to Paulo Thiago in the second round.
Since then, Swick has publicly come out and stated that he has long been suffering from a stomach ailment that has hindered his weight. Swick has had to maintain a restrictive diet to help keep his energy levels up, and was waiting for his chance to return to action. According to his Twitter page, he still isn't completely out of the woods yet when it comes to his ailment, but with the announcement of a fight, things are looking good.
"Having my experimental medical procedure at 7am tomorrow! Finally the chance to fix this agonizing problem! Thx for the support everyone!," said Swick.
There was some talk that Swick would be returning to the middleweight division, but for now, his return bout will be in the welterweight division, where he has competed since early 2008.
This will also mark Swick's second appearance on a UFC Fight For The Troops event. He defeated Jonathan Goulet by KO in 33 seconds at the first Troops event in 2008.
Mitchell enters his second fight in the UFC off of a unanimous decision loss to TJ Waldburger in a hotly contested fight at September's UFC Fight Night 22. Coincidentally, that fight, much like this one, was held in Texas. It marked Mitchell's first loss in MMA competition, and another loss here could see his time in the UFC draw to an end for now.
Though it has yet to be officially announced by the UFC, UFC Fight For The Troops 2 is expected to take place on Jan. 22 from Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, and is expected to air live on Spike TV.
Stay tuned for more information on UFC Fight For The Troops 2 and other UFC news.