UFC fighter Mike Swick diagnosed with cancer: ‘Most aggressive fight I’ve ever had’ Bleacher report
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Retired professional mixed martial artist Mike Swick announced on Instagram that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
On Wednesday he gave a comprehensive update on his diagnosis and treatment:
“Anyway, for those wondering where I’ve been over the past 5 weeks, I’ve fought cancer in the toughest, most aggressive battle I’ve ever had. Started with a 48 hour water fast, then the first chemo session with an additional 24 hour water fast, then a day on organic plant based food, followed by another chemo and fast, then plant based again, this routine to the end maintained for the week.
“…After 7 days all 15+ swollen lymph nodes in my neck were completely gone. I never once had a fever and vital signs were always normal. Round 1 went to me for sure!”
Swick went on to say that he continues the same routine without fasting and that he checked out of the hospital a few days ago. He said he is now recovering at home and doing well mentally, although he said he was feeling weak physically but his vitals were good.
He added that he’ll get a scan and an update in just over a week.
Swick also wrote that he had apparently had cancer for over seven months without knowing it.
“Since all vital signs were good and I passed all regular tests and blood work, we assumed it was the side effects of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, as the lumps literally swelled up the day after I got it,” Swick wrote.
He also thanked his girlfriend Julia for the support during his treatment.
Swick went 15-6 (10-5 UFC) during his professional MMA career. He began his stint with the UFC at middleweight before moving up to welterweight. Swick was also awarded Knockout of the Night twice, both at welterweight.
Swick’s professional fights spanned from 1998 to 2015. Eight of his wins came by KO and three others by submission.
He is also one of the founding members of The ultimate fighter Series. Swick was then fighting at light heavyweight and reached the semifinals before falling to Stephen Bonnar in the semifinals. He traded to middleweight for UFC Ultimate Fight Night, defeating Gideon Ray by first-round knockout.
After his fighting career, Swick founded AKA Thailand, a Muay Thai, MMA and fitness training facility. He also acts as co-owner and CEO.
Swick also hosts a podcast Real quick with Mike Swick.