Mike Swick – “We are running the same curriculum that AKA has always had, except we are getting far more athletes through our doors. We are a destination gym and located in a place where you can’t find AKA level training. We get guys from all over this side of the world and the talent is amazing. AKA has always been about training the right way, working hard and training alongside many talented athletes. Then everyone meshes their talents and our Champions rise. We are getting far more young and naturally talented people coming in here than we did at AKA HQ. All the talented guys who cant go all the way to the States are coming here and there are a lot of them. We have many world champions training and teaching at this gym and the level is very high. Aside from all that, we have the best facilities in the world, in my opinion. We have everything you could want and need as well as a local champion level Muay Thai program that can only be found here in Thailand. For young fighters aspiring to be the best, there is no better place to live and train. Phuket is one of the most beautiful places on earth, its very affordable to live here, its a very low stress life and we have an amazing gym where you can worry about nothing but training all day and getting better. Not to mention the food is healthy and delicious and you can drink fresh coconuts all day!”
MyMMANews – UFC President Dana White has said he was going to make a trip out to AKA Thailand. Has he done that yet?
MyMMANews – Speaking of Dana White, he said that he believes the entire inaugural class of the Ultimate Fighter should be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and if he could do it, he would. You were on that first season. Do you agree with Dana that you and all the other fighters, Leben, Koscheck, Florian, etc, should all be there?
Mike Swick – “Up to him. Its not a big deal to me. I don’t feel like a hall of famer, but I am very appreciative of being a part of TUF 1. That was a big deal, as it turns out.”
MyMMANews – You haven’t fought in the UFC since your loss to Matt Brown in Dec. 2012 but you signed a 4 fight contract extension before that fight took place. Are you still employed by the UFC? Do you have any plans to go back to fighting for them?
Mike Swick – “I am still under contract with the UFC. I have not retired at this point. I have taken time off to rest my body and build AKA Thailand. The UFC has always been very supportive of me and helped in anyway they can.“
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