Mike Swick (Photo: bloodyelbow.com)
UFC Fight Night 12 – Las Vegas, Nev. – The Pearl at The Palms – Jan. 23, 2008
Mike Swick debuted in the welterweight division by narrowly defeating Josh Burkman in the main event of UFC Fight Night 12.
Swick improved to 11-2 with a majority decision victory in the battle of The Ultimate Fighter alumni. Two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Swick, while the other called it 29-29.
In the middleweight co-main event, Patrick “The Predator” Cote beat Drew McFedries by TKO at the 1:44 mark. Cote’s third straight win moved him closer to a title shot against Anderson Silva.
The other fights took place in the lightweight division. Thiago Tavares scored a unanimous decision over Michihiro Omigawa.
Nate Diaz opened the Spike TV broadcast by forcing Alvin Robertson to submit to a triangle choke at the 3:39 mark.
Jeremy Stephens used a flurry of punches and elbows to earn a TKO win over Cole Miller in Round 2 in a preliminary bout.
Kurt Pellegrino scored a second-round TKO over Alberto Crane, despite the fact that Crane kicked his tooth through his lip earlier in the fight.
In other pre-show fights, Gray Maynard beat Dennis Siver by unanimous decision; Corey Hill beat Joe Veres by TKO early in Round 2; and Matt Wiman beat Justin Buchholz with a rear naked choke in 2 minutes, 56 seconds.