Mike Swick. Photo by Justin Grant. Courtesy of MikeSwick.com.
Mike Swick’s title aspirations have apparently been put on hold as the “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 103 bout against Martin Kampmann due to a concussion suffered during training.
British tabloid magazine “The Sun” is reporting that EliteXC and Strikeforce veteran Paul “Semtex” Daley has been tapped to replace Swick at the event. Swick confirmed his injury in a recent post on his official Twitter account.
“I am out of UFC 103. It sucks and I am sorry guys,” Swick said. “I got foot swept while sparring this week and lost my legs. Landed on back of my head and neck and suffered a pretty bad concussion.”
The winner of the Swick-Kampmann matchup was to receive the next shot at George St. Pierre’s UFC welterweight title at some point early next year. The UFC has yet to announce Swick’s withdrawal nor commented on the possibility of Daley’s inclusion keeping the bout a title eliminator.
Daley was slated to face fellow UFC newcomber Brian Foster at the event. A replacement opponent for Foster has not yet been named. Daley enters the contest a winner of nine out of his last eleven fights, with his only losses coming against top-ranked welterweights Jake Shields and Nick Thompson.
His opponent, Kampmann, shot to the upper half of the welterweight rankings with a dazzling performance against former WEC welterweight king Carlos Condit back in April. It was Kampmann’s second consecutive win since dropping to 170 lbs.
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