“I’ve been listening to my coaches and using all of my God-given talents.”
For Seth “The Polish Pistola” Baczynski (13-7), realizing his God-given talents has been bad news for his opponents. Baczynski first got national exposure back in 2007 as a member of the IFL Tucson Scorpions and followed that up with a stint with BodogFight and then after a few more wins landed on The Ultimate Fighter TV show with a debut inside of the Octagon on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell VS Team Ortiz Finale in 2010. Since his departure from the UFC, Baczynski has reeled off two very impressive victories both by stoppages against cagy veteran and UFC alum Tim McKenzie (13-8) and his latest win against formerly undefeated fighter and rising star Alex Garcia (6-1). For his win over Garcia, at Ringside MMA 10 – Cote VS Starnes broadcast exclusively on iPPV on the GFL Combat Sports Network (GFL.tv), Baczynski was awarded the Ringside MMA Welterweight Championship.
Getting fights in the welterweight division has proven to be a challenge for Baczynski. It seems very few fighters or their camps are willing to accept a match with the rangy and athletic Arizonan. Luckily for Baczynski, Ringside MMA, a Montreal organization had an opponent. “The Ringside MMA matchup with Alex Garcia kind of fell into my lap. I sat down with my manager and training partners and discussed my future. We knew after my last fight with Tim McKenzie [a first round KO victory] that it was going to be really hard to get fights at 170. We decided I was going to have to stay in really good shape, because the only way I was going to get a fight at that weight would be on short notice so I had to be ready. We got offered the fight with Alex and after watching tape of him we signed the contract three weeks out.”
For Baczynski, a championship fight with a major regional organization was something hard to pass up. “It was a five-round title fight and we took it because I was already in top shape. I could go five rounds easy if I had to. It was a pretty good card with a solid main event [Patrick Cote VS Kalib Starnes] so we were happy to be on it and fight for the title.”
“I was already going hard in the gym. I was getting [Ryan] Bader ready for his fight with Jon Jones, and then I was helping out CB Dollaway for his fight with Mark Munoz and then I was a regular training partner for Aaron Simpson for his last fight in Seattle with the UFC so it all fell in to place. Fortunately, all the stars were aligned, I had a really good training camp, we liked the matchup [with Garcia] and I jumped on it,” Baczynski said.
Baczynski trains in the Phoenix-area at Power MMA & Fitness, home to UFC veterans Ryan Bader, CB Dollaway, Aaron Simpson and Strikeforce standout Robbie Lawler. “Training with Ryan, CB, Robbie, Aaron and those guys at Power MMA has taught me so much, not only in improving my wrestling but they all have a tremendous work ethic and it rubs off. I consider myself the weakest link in that bunch and I get something from every practice that makes me a better mixed martial artist. ” Already swimming with the sharks every day in practice makes taking fights on short notice a feasible option for the “Polish Pistola”.
“We scouted Garcia well. My coaches and I figured out a game plan on what they thought I could do in the fight. He’s out of GSP’s camp [Tristar Gym] in Montreal and he is a strong, explosive, compact fighter and we felt that we could wear him down. We planned on being taken down in the fight so I trained a lot on getting back to my feet and making him fight for every takedown attempt. When we did end up on the ground I controlled him in those spots by putting my weight on him and then worked hard to get back up to my feet and it all kind of wore him out. I could feel him tiring out in the first round and that’s what we wanted. He’s so aggressive that we thought we could knock him out with a flying knee or something like that. I hit him hard with a knee in the first and was surprised I didn’t knock him out with it. He’s got a hard head,” Baczynski replied.
With Baczynski winning the striking battle and also controlling Garcia on the ground the first round was only a warm up for the battle-tested warrior. The “Polish Pistola” came out guns blazing in the next round and scored the fighting ending TKO at 2:44 of Round 2 to become the new Ringside MMA Champion. “Being my size and having my length at 170 is a tough matchup for anybody. Fighters think that I always want to stand up after it goes to the ground but I don’t. I can use my length on the ground to fire off heavy punches and work some ground and pound inside my opponent’s guard. My size is definitely something that benefits me and I’m just now learning how to fully utilize it in my game. Fortunately, it all worked out for me in my last fight and I got the KO and the Ringside belt.”
Baczynski, always humble, knows that it is a team effort and realizes he is in a promising spot right now with his career. “It’s a great environment I have around me. I get a lot of support from a lot of different people. My sponsors MTX Audio and Tilted Kilt are awesome, all my coaches and training partners at Power MMA really push me and help me be the best I can be and my friends and family have always given me their support. I couldn’t do what I do without them.”
Even though Baczynski fought in Montreal, Quebec a large group of family and friends back home in Arizona were able to watch him become a champion live. “A lot of my friends and family got to watch my fight on GoFightLive and they were pretty happy with the experience. The said the whole card was very fluid with no breaks or interruptions with the Internet feed and it had a good quality picture, so they were all happy with the service. It was the first time that my friends watched a fight of mine on the Internet where there was no equipment failures.”
As for what awaits Baczynski next, that is still up in the air. “I’m not too sure what’s next. At first I heard I had a fight with Ringside in June against Chris Clements, but now that has gotten pushed back to September or whatever, so I’m not too sure. Right now I’m just hanging around waiting to land a fight. I want to fight more regularly so we are looking at our choices. I am an unrestricted free agent at the moment and able to sign with anyone. I’m looking to have a home and fight a little more consistently. Right now all options are open.”
For a reigning champion in one of Canada’s top promotions, Baczynski would be a solid acquisition for any promotion in the world, including the Zuffa brands. “I don’t know what promotion wouldn’t want a 170-pounder with 13 wins, all by finishes. Every one of my victories has been a stoppage of some kind. I don’t have any lay and pray in my game. I go for broke every time and bring an exciting fight for the crowd.”