Report: Swick-Hardy Targeted for UFC 105

Mike Swick. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mike Swick has reportedly been tapped as an injury replacement for Dong-Hyun Kim and will likely face fellow UFC welterweight contender Dan Hardy in the co-main event of UFC 105, which will take place on November 14 in Manchester, England.

Details regarding Kim’s injury are unknown at this time according to Mike Chiapetta of MMA FanHouse, which received the news in a text message from UFC President Dana White.

According to White, the winner of the Swick-Hardy bout would be first in line for a shot at Georges St. Pierre’s UFC welterweight title once St. Pierre is able to return from a groin injury early next year. Swick was slated to face Martin Kampmann for a title shot at UFC 103 earlier this month, but was forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering a concussion during training. Kampmann ultimately lost to UFC newcomer Paul Daley, a training partner of Hardy.

Since dropping down to 170 lbs almost two years ago, Swick has won four straight fights, his last victory a second-round stoppage of heralded prospect Ben Saunders at UFC 99 in June. Hardy has been surprisingly impressive thus far inside the Octagon, winning his first three bouts over Akihiro Gono, Rory Markham, and Marcus Davis.

Update 7:56 PM ET: The UFC has officially confirmed the matchup.


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