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After working his way back to fighting inside the Octagon, Ultimate Fighter 1 alum Mike Swick is calling it a career.

Swick, who has spent the better part of the last three years recovering and building an AKA gym in Thailand, made the announcement on social media recently.

At UFC 189, Swick (15-6) lost to Alex Garcia. Below is the complete message “Quick” posted:

July 11th 2015 at UFC 189 was officially my final fight. I was healthy and injury free for the first time in 8 years but still couldn’t put my game together. There comes a time when every fighter realizes he is older and not what he use to be and I want to acknowledge this and stay true and honest to what I have always said, that I will leave when I know I am done. It’s a hard thing to do considering everyone wants to go out on top, unfortunately when your actually on top, you never wanna go out.

It’s unfair to the UFC, the fans and to my family and friends for me to keep chasing this career while giving performances that I am not proud of.

I remember sitting in class during high school(’98) watching UFC’s with the football team during off season and telling them I will be there one day. Now at 36 years old, I have been contracted with the UFC going on 11 years and it has completely changed my life. I am very proud to have fought and been a part of this organization for so long.

Though I am retiring from fighting, I will stay a big part of this sport as I continue to build fighters and grow my dream gym AKA Thailand. This gym is a massive project that has taken us 5 years to put together and once we are done, it will be the largest and most unique fight gym in the world. I am so proud to have such a great team of people behind it and I will now give my full effort towards its progress and the business surrounding it.

I want to thank everyone out there who has helped me over the years… My family and friends, Javier Mendez/Team AKA/AKA Thailand and all the coaches and fighters that have been a part of them, the UFC, all my sponsors, and finally the wonderful fans that have made this sport so great! It is because of all of you, that I was allowed to live my dream and that I will now be able to continue living it after my fighting career.

I also want to thank the haters and negative people who have entered my life from time to time. The fire that you guys created inside me is what has maybe helped me the most in my attempts to prove you wrong and succeed through your doubts. Thanks for being that fuel when I was running low on gas.

Thanks for all the support and I love you all!

-Mike Swick

titan fc 34

Titan FC 34 will mark the debut for the promotion on UFC Fight Pass this Saturday night, as Marcus Edwards challenges Pat Healy for the lightweight title.

Set for the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, the action begins at 7 p.m. ET.

Healy (31-20) was expected to face Mike Ricci, but an injury knocked the former Ultimate Fighter out. Healy won the title from Kurt Kinser earlier this year.

Edwards (10-3) has posted a 6-1 record in his last seven, including a win over Adam Nijem in March.

Along with Healy-Edwards, Kurt Holobaugh and Andre Harrison battle over the featherweight title, Brett Johns and Anthony Gutierrez meet for bantamweight gold and Tim Elliott faces Iliarde Santos for the flyweight championship.

Below is the current lineup:

Titan FC 34 (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Titan FC Lightweight Championship
Pat Healy (31-20, 1NC) vs. Marcus Edwards (10-3)

Titan FC Featherweight Championship
Kurt Holobaugh (14-2) vs. Andre Harrison (9-0)

Titan FC Bantamweight Championship
Brett Johns (11-0) vs. Anthony Gutierrez (6-1)

Titan FC Flyweight Championship
Tim Elliott (10-6-1) vs. Iliarde Santos (28-9-1, 1NC)

Jose Landi-Jons (29-15) vs. Tyler Stinson (29-10)

Cody Bollinger (17-4, 1NC) vs. Freddy Assuncao (8-1)

Jason Witt (6-2) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (15-6-1)

Phil Hawes (3-0) vs. Lucas Rota (10-5)

Desmond Green (14-4) vs. Vince Eazelle (9-1)

William Joplin (12-10) vs. Andrew Whitney (11-4)

Dakota Cochrane (18-9) vs. Mike Bruno (12-7)

Cody Peterson (3-1) vs. Joseph Fuk (3-2)

one championship

ONE bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes is viewed by many as one of the top fighters competing outside of the UFC.

Later this month at ONE: Kingdom of Warriors, Fernandes returns to the cage to take on Toni Tauru in the main event. It will be his third title defense for the promotion, which he has competed in since 2012.

Along with his standout run in ONE, the 35-year-old Brazilian is also a DREAM bantamweight and featherweight grand prix winner, earning titles in both divisions with his performances – which he still views as some of the greatest fights of his career.

“I don’t have a favorite (fight), but winning the DREAM Grand Prix Featherweight title was pretty cool,” said Fernandes, during a recent interview with FightLine.

While some have referred to him as the top 135-pound fighter in the world, Fernandes prefers to just work on bettering himself each and every fight. He’s won nine straight, including finishes of Dae Hwan Kim, Yoshiro Maeda and Antonio Banuelos.

“I don’t think about that at all (the ranking),” he said. “I just feel like a regular fighter trying to do my best. Every fight is a new challenge for me.”

Since joining up with ONE in 2012 and claiming a decision over Gustavo Falciroli, Fernandes has fought five times. He says the promotion has “really good production, they keep it classy and it is all about the sport.”

He’ll be facing Tauru, a top-ranked fighter from Iceland, for his upcoming title defense.

“My training is going really well,” he said. “I have great coaches and teammates who help me. I’m ready to defend my ONE bantamweight championship belt.

“I’ve been training with a taller guy, Jay, so that I can feel the height difference. Other than that, nothing new. I feel confident with my coaches I have.”

ufc fight night 71

The UFC’s incredible stretch of four events in a matter of a week continues this Wednesday night with UFC Fight Night 71.

Set for the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, the card features a main event between former heavyweight champion Frank Mir and Todd Duffee.

The FOX Sports 1 main card begins at 10 p.m. ET and also includes Josh Thomson vs. Tony Ferguson, Holly Holm vs. Marion Reneau, Scott Jorgensen vs. Manny Gamburyan, Kevin Lee vs. James Moontasri and Alan Jouban vs. Matt Dwyer.

Gilbert Melendez was expected to face Al Iaquinta in the co-main event, but the former Strikeforce champion and two-time UFC contender was suspended for a year after failing his post-fight drug test.

Four prelims will air on FS1 beginning at 8 p.m. ET after UFC Fight Pass kicks things off at 7 p.m. ET with a pair of bouts.

Below is the current lineup, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Todd Duffee

Lightweight: Josh Thomson vs. Tony Ferguson

Female Bantamweight: Holly Holm vs. Marion Reneau

Bantamweight: Scott Jorgensen vs. Manny Gamburyan

Lightweight: Kevin Lee vs. James Moontasri

Welterweight: Alan Jouban vs. Matt Dwyer


Featherweight: Sam Sicilia vs. Yaotzin Meza

Female Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Sarah Moras

Bantamweight: Rani Yahya vs. Masanori Kanehara

Welterweight: Sean Strickland vs. Igor Araujo


Light Heavyweight: Kevin Casey vs. Ildemar Alcantara

Welterweight: Andrew Craig vs. Lyman Good

The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale.

We complete our weekend doubleheader from Las Vegas with welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Stephen Thompson squaring off in the main event.

Ellenberger (30-9) snapped a three-fight losing skid this past February when he submitted Josh Koscheck, while Thompson (10-1) has won each of his last four, including two via knockout.

Also, the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 21 will go down, as Hayder Hassan takes on Kamaru Usman. The two are representing American Top Team and the Blackzilians from the reality series.

Let’s get things started! Remember to keep clicking “refresh” for the latest results:


Darrell Montague vs. Willie Gates

We begin the night in the flyweight division, as Darrell Montague (13-4) battles Willie Gates (11-5). These two were once training partners and are both from California.

Round 1: Gates comes out strong, landing with a couple of powerful rights. He’s mixing his strikes, throwing kicks and punches aplenty. Gates has him hurt, connecting with a flurry that forces Montague to the ground. Gates with knees to the body and he has Montague curled up. He lands on top and Gates puts an end to this one quickly.

Willie Gates def. Darrell Montague via TKO (strikes) at 1:36 of Round 1

George Sullivan vs. Dominic Waters

We’ll move up to the welterweight ranks for our next contest, as George Sullivan (16-4) takes on Dominic Waters (9-2).

Round 1: Waters with a five-plus inch reach advantage as he takes the center of the Octagon. Nice kick to the body from Sullivan, but it allows Waters to pepper him with a flurry of strikes. Waters has him hurt against the fence, landing a stiff right. He scores with a takedown as Sullivan tries for a guillotine to no avail. Sullivan with a takedown and he finishes the round pounding away on Waters.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sullivan

Round 2: Waters looked broke after the first round, but he comes out and scores with a takedown in the early stages of this round. Sullivan works to his feet and lands a series of knees to the body, winding up on top after Waters pull guard. He has him pinned against the fence and has three minutes to work for the finish. Not much offense for Sullivan outside of a few elbows and a kimura attempt. He’s trying to advance his position, but Waters is defending and eventually works his way to his feet. Another takedown and a kimura attempts by Sullivan, but he’s unable to get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sullivan

Round 3: Waters with a quick takedown and immediately takes the back, working for a rear-naked choke. He has a hook in and is cranking again. He drops down and gets both hooks in and we have hand fighting between the two. Sullivan remaining very calm, working to free himself from Waters. Sullivan survives the choke attempt and reverses the action, putting strikes together from the top position.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Waters

George Sullivan def. Dominic Waters via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-25, 29-28)

Dan Miller vs. Trevor Smith

To middleweight we go with Dan Miller (14-7) fighting for the first time since early in 2013 against veteran Trevor Smith (12-6).

Round 1: Nice dirty boxing from both fighters, as they clinch and grind against the fence. An interesting pairing here, as both like to do much of the same. Smith with a takedown, as the former Iowa State University wrestler is imposing his will. Some good ground-and-pound to end the round for Smith.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith

Round 2: Another takedown for Smith, as this round seems just like a continuation of the first. Miller, who hasn’t fought in months, appears to be a bit rusty and a little slow compared to Smith. He tried to work to his feet, but was denied by Smith. Just an incredible amount of grinding and complete control by Smith.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith

Round 3: Jim Miller, the brother of Dan and working his corner, told him he’d carry him out of the Octagon if he’s too fatigued. However, it’s Smith who scores with a quick takedown and is back on top. More of the same from Smith, as he’s staying active enough to remain on top and in this position. He finally unloads with several elbows.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith

Trevor Smith def. Dan Miller via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)

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