Mike “Quick” Swick (14-4-0) vs. DeMarques “Darkness” Johnson (16-10-0)

The Quick one is finally returning to the cage. After being out of action for over two years, Mike Swick will return as the first bout of this weekends FOX card against another TUF alum in DeMarques Johnson. It’s not only that Swick has been prone to injuries, but he has also suffered a misdiagnoses of a disease left him unable to stay healthy. He hopes this fight will springboard him back onto a path toward the title.

Swick has been a contender at middleweight and welterweight, but has never contended for a title. He won five straight bouts at 185 with notable wins over Joe Riggs and  David Loiseau, and four of those five wins were finishes. After being out muscled by Yushin Okami,  Swick decided to drop down to 170. He then won four straight, but was defeated by Paulo Thiago and Dan Hardy in his last bouts in the octagon. Swick is dangerous on the ground and standing, and with Johnson having six losses by submission in his ten career losses, the ground may be the way to go.

DeMarques Johnson may not be a top contender, but he does have some good wins, despite a 4-4 record in the octagon. The problem is he has never even really beaten a B level fighter. All his wins have come over people that are not in the UFC anymore. At one time Swick losing to Johnson would be out of the question, but with so much time off it is hard to tell if he will be the same.  Johnson doesn’t have much going for him in this bout, because he may be outclassed no matter where the fight goes.

The Bottom Line: As long as the Mike Swick who went 9-1 in the octagon before injuries halted his career shows up, he should win this fight. Look for a first round submission from The Ultimate Fighter original in his octagon return.