075 Mike Swick: “At the end of the day, you have to be a fighter.”

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“At the end of the day, you have to be a fighter.” If any quote summed up an athlete more than this we haven’t seen it. Inspired as a young athlete on a ranch in Texas by none other than the Karate Kid movie, today’s Athlete On Fire has gone on to do some amazing things in the sport of MMA. Cast on the first season of the Ultimate Fighter show and having early succes in UFC launched our guest to athletic heights but there was adversity. A health scare led to a comeback. His comeback led to starting a MMA gym in the homeland of Muay Thai, Thailand. He shares his vision for his gym and what has inspired him along the way. Why he does what he does and how anyone is welcome to come train with him in Thailand. Enjoy this episode of Athlete On Fire.[/bgsection]

“Success is measured by how many people you help.”

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In This Show We Hear

  • His days growing up on a horse ranch
  • His time on the Ultimate Fighter show
  • Why kids in Thailand are inspiring him
  • How he uses the winning feeling during training
  • All about his comeback fight on National TV
  • How an esophageal spasm almost completely railroaded his career
  • A day in the life in Thailand
  • His Aerodyne beast mode workout
  • Why his legacy is so important


Quote on Fire

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

Quiz on Fire

We have him take us around Thailand.

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Success Habit

Working hard.


Book on Fire:

It’s My Time
Listen to his challenge on the show or go to our brand new Fitness On Fire page to learn more.

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