Tales From Beyond The Cage: The story of Mike Swick & the human Rikki Tikki Tavi

UFC Middleweight star, Mike Swick talks about the time a large king cobra chased him on the golf course.

Golf, in my opinion, is one of the most boring spectator sports in the world. Many will say that it gets better when you actually get out on the course and play, however, I have not found this to be true. I do enjoy driving the little buggies around, but that's not actually part of the game.

Over the years, I've noticed a trend with many MMA fighters, and it's that they love golf. The concept of folks that inflict bodily harm and damage on one another inside a closed cage would find interest in a game that has all the action of two snails reading scripture (not that there's anything wrong with that), is mind boggling.

I assume that these athletes like the relaxed pace of golf, while still maintaining a game with a competitive edge. Take Mike Swick, for instance. He loves golf, and is very serious about it. He plays regularly when he has down time, and is pretty good at it. He's so good, in fact, that when in the face of life threatening danger during a game, he doesn't panic.

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How does one get in a situation where your life is at stake? One word: Thailand. Mike made a permanent home base change over a year ago to open a supergym there, AKA Thailand. The gym is nestled in the middle of a lush jungle, and is just teeming with wildlife. It is not an uncommon sight to see monkeys, tigers, snakes and more.

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So with the wildlife, comes the story of Swick's crazy golf day. Here's the gist of what happened. He was playing golf with a buddy, when out of nowhere, a barefoot man in a tiger shirt and shorts materializes, running and shouting with a big stick in his hands. Then, Mike noticed why; a fairly large king cobra was hauling ass toward him.

Most people would turn around and get the Hell out of there as quickly as possible, and to some extent, Mike put some pep in his step, but not before whipping out his phone to catch some video of it while running backwards:

This story came as part of a massive interview I did with Mike two days ago. I'll be releasing a big feature sometime in the next few days, complete with some never before seen shots of the gym and some great training videos, as well. The photos in this article are courtesy of Mitch Viquez, AKA Thailand.

You can follow Mike via his Twitter account, @OfficialSwick

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