Retired UFC Fighter Mike Swick Reveals He’s Battling Cancer

Retired UFC fighter Mike Swick has revealed that he’s been battling cancer for the past five weeks.

“Sometimes life throws you lemons, and then sometimes the whole lemon tree falls on your head!” the 42-year-old wrote on Instagram.

“Anyway, for those wondering where I have been the last 5 weeks, I been battling Cancer in the toughest and most aggressive battle I have ever had. Started with a 48 hour water fast, then the first Chemo session with an additional 24 hour water fast, then a day of solid plant based organic food, followed by another chemo and fast, then plant based again, keeping this routine until the week was over. From then I kept Chemo every other day for the next 3 weeks while eating only plant based organic cancer killing foods daily.

“After 7 days all 15+ swollen lymph nodes in my neck were completely gone. Never had a single fever throughout, and vitals were always normal. Round 1 went to me for sure!

“Then I continued same chemo and plant based routine, without anymore fasting, until I checked out a couple days ago.

“Now recovering at home and actually feeling amazing mentally! Vitals all still good but still full of Chemo and a little weak and quite skinny. The lowest I got after the fasts and first week was 151lbs.

“I will get a scan and update in just over a week but I decided not to hide this. I want everyone to watch as I beat this BS and recover myself back to 100% with a full recovery. So stay tuned…

“P.S. I apparently had this for over 7 months without knowing. Even after passing an initial biopsy on my lymph node. Since all vitals were good and I passed all regular tests and blood work, we assumed it was the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine side effects, since the nodes swole up literally the day after I got it. So if you scroll back 7 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.”

A fondly remembered cast member of the first ever season of The Ultimate Fighter, Swick fought in the UFC for the majority of his career.

He hit the ground running after his appearance on TUF, racking up nine wins in his first 10 Octagon outings, defeating the likes of Joe Riggs, David Loiseau, Josh Burkman, Marcus Davis and Ben Saunders along the way.

Swick did go on to lose four of his next five fights before retiring with an overall 15-6 career record, but had since found success running his AKA Thailand gym and ‘Real Quick With Mike Swick’ podcast.

Swick is unquestionably one of the genuine good guys of the sport and we’d like to wish him a full and speedy recovery.

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