Mike Swick could've easily avoided the feud with Matt Brown if he would've simply checked his Myspace messages.
The two welterweight knockout artists are set to collide in the main card opener of UFC on Fox 5, but they already have a history most don't even know about.
It all began with a Myspace message Brown sent Swick many years ago.
During an interview with MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani, Brown dished out the dirt on the message he sent as a fan that went unanswered:
Honestly, [Swick] was the first fighter I really looked up to on "The Ultimate Fighter 1." I actually even wrote him a message on Myspace, and I was real pissed because he never replied to my message. I was like, "He's an asshole."
Brown joked afterwards that his entire motivation for this fight was the Myspace incident.
He isn't sure whether or not Swick even saw the message, but he plans on telling him about it after the fight on Saturday night.
The emergence of Brown as a potential welterweight contender has gone unnoticed as of late. He is currently riding a three-fight win streak, with two of the wins coming by TKO.
It has been three years since Brown last put together such an impressive streak, and he doesn't plan on letting this opportunity go to waste.
A win over Swick would put Brown one step closer to contending with the upper-echelon fighters in the division, but it won't be easy.
Swick is on a mission to prove he is still a contender in the UFC. After being out of action for over two years, he returned in August and knocked out DaMarques Johnson.
How will it end on Saturday night?
While Brown is unsure how the actually fight will end, he is confident that his hand will be raised:
I could see myself winning this fight a multitude of ways, an absolutely number of ways. I think I can beat him anywhere that this fight takes place, and it's just going to be a matter of when he makes that mistake and when I jump on that mistake.
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