iAMA with guy who waited tables, sold cars, bounced, painted houses, then fought in UFC, built a gym in Thailand, started a print factory and operates a news website. AMA!
I'm Mike Swick: 15x UFC vet, an original AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) team member and cast member on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. In 2014 I founded AKA Thailand, a supergym located in Phuket, Thailand, where I now live full-time.
AKA Thailand is one of the largest destination fight gyms in the world, and we regularly cater to some of the biggest names in combat sports. We also cater to everyone from complete beginners to aspiring fighters and athletes. Needless to say, this is my life-long passion project. :)
In December 2016, I relaunched MikeSwick.com, this time with a focus on fight news, media and unique content. It's still a work in progress but my goal is to build the most comprehensive and multifaceted fight enthusiast site on the web by using my relationships with both fighters and MMA industry authorities to bring fans closer than ever to the fighters and the sport.
This is just a short summary of what I've been up to since retiring from fighting. I'm always on the move and always looking to take on new challenges.
I'll be here for a few hours and will try to revisit this thread to answer as many of your questions as I can. Super excited to interact with you all so, AMA!
My official website,
and official twitter account,