Pain inside the Octagon, is a the way of life for those who dare to enter. Dedicated superior warrior athletes, such as Mike "Quick" Swick, who is one of the top grapplers in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), know that it takes a commitment to endure the training and abuse from fighting. Mike was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He knew that, like fighting, trucks would be a part of his life.

During his youth, Mike was fascinated and mesmerized by the movie The Karate Kid. So much so, he took up Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts, which became more than just a hobby. At the age of 18, Mike possessed the skills associated with kickboxing, Thai boxing, mixed martial arts, and he was participating in amateur fights. A year later, he made his professional debut, defeating his opponent Victor Bell. The reality of having to pay bills was difficult when trying to break into the martial arts.

To prove himself mentally and physically, Mike worked security at a government construction sight in Moscow, Russia. While he was in Moscow, he trained with American fighters who were there for the Absolute Fighting wars. Mike also trained with the U.S. Marines. While in Russia, he got a serious life-threatening scare. He was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), meaning he had an irregular heartbeat or fast heartbeat. His heart rate would accelerate to 200 beats per minute, like an engine that is revved at a higher rpm than redline for a prolonged period of time, which could cause valve float, and contribute to snapping a valve spring, or worse--scattering internal parts.

Knowing he couldn't pursue his fighting career on medication, Mike had an operation to correct the problem. After the operation and physical rehabilitation, he ventured to Thailand for some intense training to get himself into top fighting shape. His first fight back inside The Octagon recorded a first round TKO over James Whitfield, which was followed by three more consecutive wins.

Mike was called upon by the UFC to compete in a new Spike TV reality show, called The Ultimate Fighter. The two winners of the competition would be rewarded with a six-figure contract with the biggest fight promotion in mixed martial arts. During the first two fights of the show, Swick won with a combined time of 42-seconds. His impressive desire to be victorious quickly drew attention from the UFC, which found room for the newly christened "Quick" Swick. As they say, the rest is history.

Mike Swick is a major threat to any opponent every time he steps into The Octagon.