Our namesake, Mike Swick, returning to Training Center for TUF 1 reunion


Our namesake here at MikeSwick.com made his way to Las Vegas for a TUF 1 reunion and viewing of Dana White’s Contender Series. The TUF 1 cast went back to the gym that started the MMA explosion; Some of them for the first time since they were on the show. Many of the guys went in different directions after TUF and they came back to share what each of them had been up to. Even the coaches, Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, came back.

The boys were up to their old tricks, talking smack and busting balls. The three fighters missing from the reunion were Josh Koscheck, Lodune Sincaid, and Jason Thacker. Only Diego Sanchez remains, as the sole contracted UFC fighter. Everyone else has moved on to other things.

Aside from reuniting with the guys, Swick was able to watch the DWCS and chill with legends like Big Nog. Many from the first cast of TUF, became legends in their own right. Basically, the reunion was just a bunch of UFC pioneers hanging together after living out their dreams. It’s safe to say that these guys had no idea what their impact on the sport would be.

That entire first season should be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

MMA Overload, televised fights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

MMA Overload

PFL, TUF Finale and UFC 226 run this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! Cancel your plans for later this week, because you’ll be tied to your television getting more than your fill of MMA action! It’s an MMA Overload! Thursday night on NCBSN PFL is running their third card of the season. Of course Friday and … Read moreMMA Overload, televised fights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Retirement bug bites again, this time Josh Koscheck says goodbye

Josh Koscheck

Josh Koscheck was part of Season 1 of TUF and had a lengthy career Rashad Evans, Greg Rebello and now Josh Koscheck have all called it quits on MMA this week. Josh Koscheck is the latest, as he made his announcement via The Luke Thomas Show on Sirius Radio.  Josh made his way to MMA via … Read moreRetirement bug bites again, this time Josh Koscheck says goodbye

All hell broke loose on the final TUF episode and it wasn’t Cody vs TJ

All hell breaks loose on tuf 25 finale.

You knew that all hell was going to break loose in the final episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption. This time, however, Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw were nowhere in sight. Apparently the contestants were sick of their TUF coaches getting all of their dramatic shine. So, on the final episode, the guys went out with a bang.

Last season’s TUF winner, Tim Elliott, made his way to the house. He started drinking and began stirring the proverbial pot. I’m not going to point fingers and say who started it because post-production editing can skew what actually happened. What I can say is who came out of it looking really bad.

Seth Baczynski had himself a rough night. One can only assume it was alcohol that got the best of him in the episode. However, when you are on national television and trying to fight someone the night before they are set to weigh in for their final fight; Let’s just say, it’s not a good look.

The night before their weigh-ins, Jesse Taylor and James Krause had to deal with THAT. Ultimately, Taylor won the fight and will meet Dhiego Lima in the finale tomorrow night.

The latest TUF drama between Dillashaw and Garbrandt disrupts weigh-ins

Drama between TJ and Cody disrupts Hayder Hassan and Jesse Taylor's weigh-in.

The back and forth between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt rages on, as they go at each other again. This time, it disrupts the Taylor and Hassan weigh-in.

Sure, The Ultimate Fighter is supposed to be all about the contestants. That isn’t what history has shown us, however. It always comes down to the coaches bickering and fighting throughout most seasons. It’s funny how fans are acting like this is the first time it’s ever happened. To me, this feud is the most real one there has ever been. Nothing is forced between TJ and Cody. There’s just a general disdain for one another.

The Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate hate was pretty real, but they didn’t have the history of Cody and TJ.

In this TUF 25 Preview, Cody Garbrandt introduces his team to Cranial Facial Release

TUF 25 Preview

For Urijah Faber, he never saw it coming.

In this TUF 25 preview, coach Cody Garbrandt introduces his team to a medical practice known as Cranial Facial Release where they stick a balloon in your nasal cavity and blow it up. It looks like a mid-evil torture device, and in this preview video, Urijah Faber is the one being tortured.

TUF 25 has been pretty good all season, and this is looking a lot like must see TV.  Tune in tonight on Fox Sports 1.

Video preview for The Ultimate Fighter Redemption

Ultimate Fighter Redemption

The UFC released a brief video preview of this season of TUF

Fourteen former contestants are back looking for a second chance and a dream inside the UFC.  Coaches Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw are at each other’s throats, literally.  This looks like on incredible season of The Ultimate Fighter.   Check out this video preview for The Ultimate Fighter Redemption.

This season kicks off on April 19th on Fox Sports 1.  Who’s on TUF Redemption?  Let’s take a look.

Seth Baczynski
Julian Lane
Mehdi Baghdad
Dhiego Lima
Justin Edwards
Ramsey Nijem
Tom Gallicchio
Gilbert Smith
Eddie Gordon
Joe Stevenson
Hayder Hassan
Jesse Taylor
James Krause
Hector Urbina


Carla Esparza, Randa Markos set for strawweight clash

Carla Esparza, Randa Markos set for strawweight clash

Former TUF alums Carla Esparza and Rando Markos are scheduled to scrap at UFC Fight Night 105 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on February 19th. Carla (11-3), the eventual winner of TUF and inaugural UFC strawweight champion, last stepped into the octagon at UFC 197 where she secured a unanimous decision win over Juliana Lima. Markos … Read moreCarla Esparza, Randa Markos set for strawweight clash

AKA Thailand’s 1st Fight Camp – TUF China Finalist Wang Sai – UFC Ultimate Fighter – Mike Swick

This is the first official fight camp held at AKA Thailand. UFC’s TUF China finalist, Wang Sai, called to Mike Swick to get him ready for his finale fight at UFC Fight Night Macau on March 1st 2014. Even though the gym was not finished with construction, Wang Sai spent 6 weeks at AKA training 2-3 times a day with no electricity or running water. He knew what he needed and said he had one of the best fight camps of his life.

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