MMA World Stands With 43-Year-Old UFC Veteran Mike Swick as News of Over 1-Year Battle With Cancer Comes to Light

Published 01/16/2023, 9:45 AM EST

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Michael Swick is a retired American professional MMA fighter, who is famous for his stint at UFC. He spent most of his career in the UFC’s middleweight division. In addition, he was a member of the original ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season in 2005. Moreover, he has over 15 UFC fights to his name. Post UFC, he is famous for his podcast ‘Real Quick With Mike Swick’. Furthermore, he has had the pleasure of hosting notable guests like Dana White and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Unfortunately, in 2022, Swick revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer. He has Stage 4 Lymphoblastic Lymphoma Luekemia. Despite this setback, he remains determined to recover and beat the disease. Recently, he shared an inspiring message with his fans and followers. He is determined to overcome this challenge and come out victorious.


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Michael’s message is a reminder that even when in front of difficult challenges, it is important to remain positive and fight on. He is an inspiration to all who are going through similar struggles. He serves as a shining example of strength, resilience, and determination.

Fans react to the inspiring message by Mike Swick

Fans of Mike Swick are melting by his recent inspiring message. Moreover, they have taken to social media to show their support and express their admiration for his positive attitude and determination.

Here’s what they had to say:

Don Winslow, author of 3 New York Times Critics Choice Best Books of the Year said:

Moreover, Derek Brunson said:

Another former UFC fighter Chris Leben said:

Omar Mouneimne, a professional defense coach and European cup Winner said:

Furthermore, Danny Cage a coach of pro wrestling, writer and producer said:

In addition, Thomas Gerbasi the Editorial Director at UFC, MMA, Boxing, Music writer said:

Furthermore, Noad Lahat a Israeli MMA fighter UFC & Bellator vet Judo&BJJ black belt, IDF red beret said:

One fan said:

Swick opens up about his battle with cancer

Mike Swick, over an Instagram post, revealed that he had been living with cancer for over seven months without knowing. He had passed an initial biopsy on his lymph node and all vitals were good. Moreover, he and his doctors assumed that the swollen lymph nodes were side effects from the Johnson and Johnson vaccine he had received. Since the swelling occurred the day after he received the vaccine.


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He said, “So if you scroll back seven months on my IG, you can see how much fun I was having with cancer and not even knowing it. Free-diving, skydiving, training… kinda crazy. Be safe everyone and never listen to the first diagnosis.”


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In his post, Mike encourages others to be vigilant about their health and to not accept the first diagnosis they receive. He also reflects on how much fun he had in the past seven months, free-diving, skydiving, and training, not knowing he had cancer. He urges everyone to be safe and not to take their health for granted.



Written by:

Himakshu Vyas


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Himakshu Vyas is a Combat Sports author at Essentiallysports. He is passionate about sports, with soccer and MMA being the sports he is most involved in. Aside from that, he follows the global soccer scene.
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Shibu Immanuel