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.

Connect With Mike

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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Athlete On Fire podcast interviews Mike Swick about his inspirations – AKA Thailand: Thailand's Premiere Fitness Campreply
November 10, 2014 at 8:24 pm

[…] In a recent phone interview on the athlete inspired podcast from Athleteonfire.com, Mike Swick goes over his life growing up in Texas, inspirations, and training in MMA. Mike also talks about his planned return to the UFC and his gym, AKA Thailand, on episode 75 of the podcast. Athletes on Fire is “a daily podcast showcasing athletes of all levels and all walks of life”. You can listen to the full podcast on the Athlete on Fire  website. […]

November 29, 2014 at 3:32 am

Good afternoon

I would like to attend some classes at AKA Training Center.
Could you let me know how much it costs 1 month of training?
Do you offer accommodation as well? If yes, at what cost?
If you don’t provide accommodation could you suggest me something near by?
Looking forward for your reply.

Best Regards

Rakhmat Karimov

December 1, 2014 at 8:49 am
– In reply to: Rakhmat

Hi Rakhmat,

We don’t have anything to do with Mike’s awesome gym. Go to http://www.akathailand.com/ and send them a message and they will help you out!


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