When most people hear the name ‘Mike Swick’ they think, 15-fight UFC veteran. However, his fight career was used as just a platform to further his entrepreneurship outside of the cage.
During his time as a top ranked UFC athlete, Swick successfully built one of the largest print factories in the California Bay Area that grew to manufacturing over 11,000 printed shirts per day. In 2018 Mike successfully sold the business to continue bigger endeavors abroad.
Before starting one of the most successful and highest rated destination gyms in the world, AKA Thailand, Swick grew and sold 3 successful businesses. It was these businesses and his UFC career that helped jumpstart his dream that was conceptualized as some scribble on a piece of paper.
Swick came to Thailand with that piece of paper, a business plan, and some money, looking to create a destination gym that was one-of-a-kind. What resulted was the highest rated destination gym in the World that became a home for both professional champions and day-1 tourists.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Swick also branched out into fight promotion. He promoted 2 successful MMA shows in Thailand, one of which gained worldwide notoriety for being held outdoors on the beautiful sandy beach of Phuket amongst the waves and tropical settings.
Swick’s marketing prowess and attention to detail in his business ventures have gained him renown notoriety for his body of work. Esquire Magazine featured Mike as one of the rising foreign entrepreneurs in Asia.
Currently, Mike is running AKA Thailand (with plans of a huge expansion soon), growing his rapidly rising podcast, ‘Real Quick With Mike Swick’ (With guests like UFC President, Dana White and Pound for Pound #1 fighter in the world, Khabib Nurmagomedov), working on a new local fight promotion, building his ‘Savage Life Media Firm’ as well as starting the groundwork for his next passion project, ‘Swick Savage’. With all these projects going on and no matter how busy he is, Swick can usually be found onsite at AKA Thailand during most of the classes.
“Building a Dream is one thing, but watching it grow and seeing first-hand the impact that it has on our guests first is where it’s really at. I love meeting all of our new guests that fly in to train with us and showcasing their successes on our social media accounts.” -Mike Swick