ESPN: What’d you think about returning against DeMarques Johnson?
Swick: I was happy because stylistically it’s a great fight for fans. We’re both aggressive fighters who like to go out and finish fights and push the pace. If we align in the center [of the Octagon], there’s going to be fireworks.
ESPN: How do you think the UFC is viewing you now? You were a title contender, lost two fights, then left for 2.5 years.
Swick: I don’t know. I’m in a unique situation. I don’t know anyone else who had 12 UFC fights then didn’t fight for 2.5 years. I don’t know what the deal’s going to be after this fight. I know the most important thing is to do my job. I feel like this is a new beginning. To actually be healthy and have the right mindset, not having to deal with all this other stuff. I’m hoping to go out and have the best fights of my life yet. I 100 percent believe that. I’m not just saying that.
ESPN: Is the goal still the belt? Always will be?
Swick: Of course. In high school we used to watch the UFC, and I would tell my friends I wanted to be a UFC fighter. They said I was a dreamer and it wouldn’t happen. I went out and did it, but the one thing I never did was win that belt. That’s the one goal I’ve had that I’ve never achieved, so it’s always going to be there. That’s the ultimate goal.
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