Seth Baczynski

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Seth Baczynski
BornSeth Baczynski
(1981-11-26) November 26, 1981 (age 39)
Lihue, Hawaii, United States
Other namesThe Polish Pistola
ResidenceApache Junction, Arizona, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach76 in (193 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofApache Junction, Arizona, United States
TeamPower MMA and Fitness
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Fracisco "Kiko" France[2]
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout9
By submission11
By decision2
By knockout5
By submission6
By decision6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Seth Baczynski (born October 26, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter currently competing in the Middleweight division. A professional since 2006, Baczynski has formerly competed for the UFC, and was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz and The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption. He has also fought for top promotions such as the International Fight League, Tachi Palace Fights, World Lethwei Championship, and the Legacy Fighting Alliance.


Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Apache Junction, Arizona, Baczysnki played football and basketball growing up. Upon graduating from Apache Junction High School, Baczynski began to train in mixed martial arts.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Baczynski began fighting in 2006, making his debut at a Rage in the Cage event. Baczynski lost the fight to Shane Johnson via kneebar submission in round one. Baczynski bounced back from the loss and won three straight fights, all for Rage in the Cage.

International Fight League[edit]

He then signed a contract with the International Fight League. He debuted for the promotion against Brent Beauparlant, losing via decision. He was given a second chance, and fought Dan Molina. The fight ended with Baczynski, again, on the losing end. Baczynski was released from the IFL after the loss.


Baczynski obtained a 7–1 record after being released from the IFL. He then fought up and comer Roger Bowling, losing by vicious KO only nine seconds into round one. Baczynski won a fight against Tom Nguyen at a Wild Bill's Fight Night event. He was then selected to be a part of The Ultimate Fighter.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Baczynski was selected as one of the 28 competitors for the eleventh season of the Ultimate Fighter. To get onto the show and become one of the 14 fighters, Baczynski had to fight Court McGee. After three rounds, the judges awarded the win to McGee, sending Baczynski home.

After a fighter was injured and forced out of the competition, Baczynski was given the injured fighter's spot. In his first fight back he fought Team Liddell's last pick, Joseph Henle. Baczynski won the fight via three round unanimous decision and moved onto the quarter-final round.

In the quarter-final round, Baczynski faced rival team member and friend Brad Tavares. As the first round ended, Baczynski threw an illegal soccer kick to the head of Tavares. Baczynski immediately apologized, knowing he could have seriously hurt Tavares, who went to his corner and slumped. After discussing the matter with the doctors, Herb Dean stopped the fight and Tavares was declared the winner by disqualification, advancing him to the semi-finals.

In 2017, he returned to TUF 25, ultimately losing by unanimous decision to Gilbert Smith.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Baczynski made his UFC debut in a rematch against Brad Tavares at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale.[4] After three close rounds, Baczynski lost the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Due to his loss to Tavares, Baczynski was subsequently released from the UFC.


Soon after being released from the UFC, Baczynski was reportedly signed by Strikeforce and was scheduled to make his promotional debut at ShoMMA 10: Riggs vs. Taylor against Erik Apple. However, Apple was forced to pull out of the fight and a replacement was not named.

He then fought UFC and WEC veteran, Tim McKenzie, at Tachi Palace Fights 7. The fight was ended after Baczynski escaped from a near fight ending armbar submission hold, which ended up breaking his arm, and knocked McKenzie out with elbows. McKenzie appealed the result to the CSAC.

On April 9, 2011, Baczynski became the Interim Ringside MMA Welterweight Champion when he TKO'd formerly undefeated prospect Alex Garcia at Ringside MMA 10.[5]

Return to UFC[edit]

Baczynski returned to the UFC facing Clay Harvison on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25, replacing an injured DaMarques Johnson.[6] He won the fight via submission in the second round.

Baczynski again stepped-in on short notice to fight Matt Brown on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[7] He won the fight via submission in the second round.

Baczynski fought Lance Benoist on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3.[8] Baczynski defeated Benoist via split decision.

Baczynski next faced Simeon Thoresen on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.[9] Baczynski was surprisingly being out struck by Thoresen throughout the fight until he landed a big punch that instantly knocked Thoresen out late in the first round.

Baczynski was expected to face Kyle Noke on December 15, 2012 at UFC on FX 6.[10] However, Noke pulled out of the bout citing a shoulder injury and was replaced by Mike Pierce.[11] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Baczynski fought promotional newcomer Brian Melancon on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.[12] He lost the fight via knockout due to ground and pound punches at the end of the first round.

Baczynski faced Neil Magny on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[13] He won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

Baczynski faced Thiago Alves on April 10, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.[14][15] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Despite the loss, this fight earned Baczynski his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[16]

Baczynski faced promotional newcomer Alan Jouban on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[17] He lost the back-and-forth fight via knockout in the first round. Despite the loss, Baczynski earned his second consecutive Fight of the Night bonus award.[18]

Baczynski faced Leon Edwards on April 11, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64.[19] Baczynski lost the fight as he was quickly knocked out only 8 seconds into the first round, and was subsequently released from the promotion.[20]

The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption[edit]

In February 2017, it was revealed that Baczynski would again compete on the UFC's reality show in the 25th season on The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption.[21] Baczynski was the first pick overall for Team Garbrandt. He faced Gilbert Smith in the opening round and lost via unanimous decision.

Independent promotions[edit]

Baczynski has gone 3-2 since leaving the UFC.

World Lethwei Championship[edit]

On May 2, 2019, Baczynski signed a multi-fight deal with Myanmar-based Lethwei organization World Lethwei Championship. He made his promotional debut against Lethwei world champion Dave Leduc on August 2, 2019.[22] Baczynski lost the fight via knockout in the second round.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Baczynski is married and has five children. Aside from fighting, he has a job as a utilities worker.[24] Baczynski's paternal great-grandfather was an immigrant from Poland.[25]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]


  • Lethwei World
    • 2019 Event of the Year headlined at WLC 9[26]
  • Spia Asia Awards
    • 2019 Best Sport Tourism Destination Campaign of the Year - Bronze headlined at WLC 9[27]
  • Asian Academy Awards
    • 2019 Best Sport Program - National Winner headlined at WLC 9[28]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
39 matches 22 wins 17 losses
By knockout 9 5
By submission 11 6
By decision 2 6
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–17 Gerald Harris Decision (unanimous) C3 Fights 48 November 23, 2019 3 5:00 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 22–16 Daniel Madrid Submission (guillotine choke) LFA 59: Michaud vs. Aguilera February 1, 2019 1 2:54 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 22–15 Teddy Ash TKO (punches) Unified MMA 34: Supremacy September 28, 2018 5 4:58 Enoch, Alberta, Canada
Win 22–14 Matt Lagler KO (punches) California Cage Wars 7: Outdoor Supershow July 29, 2018 1 2:05 Campo, California, United States
Win 21–14 Marvin Babe Submission C3 Fights 46: Clash at the Council April 27, 2018 1 1:29 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 20–14 Jonathan Casimiro TKO (punches) WFF MX: World Fighting Federation Mexico October 15, 2016 2 4:15 Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico
Loss 19–14 Jesse Taylor Decision (unanimous) TFE MMA: Vengeance August 26, 2016 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 19–13 Leon Edwards KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 April 11, 2015 1 0:08 Kraków, Poland
Loss 19–12 Alan Jouban KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux August 16, 2014 1 4:33 Bangor, Maine, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 19–11 Thiago Alves Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 19–10 Neil Magny Decision (unanimous) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 3 5:00 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States
Loss 18–10 Brian Melancon KO (punches) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 1 4:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 18–9 Mike Pierce Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson December 15, 2012 3 5:00 Gold Coast, Australia
Win 18–8 Simeon Thoresen KO (punch) UFC 152 September 22, 2012 1 4:10 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 17–8 Lance Benoist Decision (split) UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall June 8, 2012 3 5:00 Sunrise, Florida United States
Win 16–8 Matt Brown Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 139 November 19, 2011 2 0:42 San Jose, California United States
Win 15–8 Clay Harvison Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger September 17, 2011 2 1:12 New Orleans, Louisiana United States
Win 14–8 Alex Garcia KO (punches) Ringside 10: Cote vs. Starnes April 9, 2011 2 2:44 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won the interim Ringside Welterweight Championship.
Win 13–8 Tim McKenzie TKO (elbows and punches) Tachi Palace Fights 7 December 2, 2010 1 2:15 Lemoore, California, United States Catchweight (174 lbs) bout.
Loss 12–8 Brad Tavares Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale June 19, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Middleweight.
Win 12–7 Tom Nguyen Submission (guillotine choke) Wild Bill's Fight Night 23 October 30, 2009 2 1:32 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Loss 11–7 Roger Bowling KO (punches) MMA Big Show: Retribution March 7, 2009 1 0:09 Vevay, Indiana, United States For the MMA Big Show Welterweight Championship.
Win 11–6 James Warfield KO (flying knee and punches) Evolution MMA October 4, 2008 1 1:21 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 10–6 Oscar Montano Submission (triangle choke) Mexican Fighting Championship September 20, 2008 1 1:30 Puerto Penasco, Mexico
Win 9–6 Antonio Grant KO (punch) Silver Crown Fights August 8, 2008 1 0:11 Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Loss 8–6 Donnie Liles Submission (anaconda choke) Warriors Collide 4 July 19, 2008 1 2:01 Colorado, United States
Win 8–5 Eddie Arizmendi Submission (triangle choke) Rage in the Cage 111 June 7, 2008 2 2:03 Arizona, United States
Win 7–5 Jordan Pergola Submission (triangle choke) XFC 3: Rage in the Cage March 2, 2008 1 N/A Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 6–5 Kito Andrews Submission (triangle choke) Full Moon Fighting February 23, 2008 3 3:50 Sonora, Mexico
Win 5–5 Chris Kennedy TKO (punches) Tuff-N-Uff: Thompson vs. Troyer February 1, 2008 1 2:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 4–5 Dan Molina Submission (heel hook) IFL: Las Vegas June 16, 2007 1 1:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 4–4 Brent Beauparlant Decision (unanimous) IFL: Connecticut April 13, 2007 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 4–3 Seth Ballantine Submission (armbar) RITC 89: Triple Main Event December 2, 2006 2 1:18 Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Win 3–3 Travos Degrout Submission (choke) RITC 84: Celebrity Theatre July 1, 2006 1 N/A Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 2–3 Johnathan Tsosie Submission (choke) RITC 80: Fight Night at The Fort March 18, 2006 1 1:32 Fountain Hills, Arizona, United States
Loss 1–3 Shane Johnson Submission (kneebar) RITC 79: The Rage Returns February 2, 2006 1 2:29 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Loss 1–2 Gabriel Flores Submission (choke) RITC 76: Hello Tucson November 11, 2005 3 1:56 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 1–1 Robert King TKO (retirement) RITC 75: Friday Night Fights September 30, 2005 1 0:35 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Loss 0–1 Ryan Potter Submission (choke) RITC 73: Arizona vs. Nevada August 6, 2005 1 1:18 Glendale, Arizona, United States

Lethwei record[edit]

Professional Lethwei record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Gilbert Smith Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Garbrandt vs Team Dillashaw April 19, 2017 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Eliminated from the TUF 25 tournament.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Werdum vs. Browne". Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "Seth "Polish Pistola" Baczynski - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "TUF 11 Finale prelims include Tavares vs. Baczynski, Camozzi vs Hammortree". June 9, 2010. Archived from the original on June 13, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  5. ^ Whitman, Mike (2011-03-10). "Champ Injured, Ringside Sets Interim WW Title Bout for April 9". Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  6. ^ "UFC Fight Night 25 Update: Johnson Out, Baczynski In". August 31, 2011.
  7. ^ "After injuries, Brown-Baczynski at UFC 139". Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  8. ^ "Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist targeted for UFC on FX 3". March 28, 2012. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012.
  9. ^ "Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen added to UFC 152 in Toronto". July 24, 2012.
  10. ^ "Kyle Noke meets Seth Baczynski at UFC on FX 6 in Australia". October 11, 2012. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012.
  11. ^ "Mike Pierce replaces Kyle Noke, meets Seth Baczynski at UFC on FX 6". October 31, 2012. Archived from the original on November 18, 2012.
  12. ^ Staff (2013-03-12). "Baczynski vs. Melancon added to July's UFC 162 event". Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  13. ^ Staff (2013-08-22). "Seth Baczynski vs. Neil Magny set for 'Fight for the Troops 3' at Fort Campbell". Retrieved 2013-08-22.
  14. ^ Henderson, Jason (7 February 2014). "Thiago Alves Returns To Fight Seth Baczynski At UFC On FOX 11". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  15. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-02-06). "Thiago Alves returns at UFC on FOX 11, meets Seth Baczynski in Orlando". Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  16. ^ Staff (2014-04-19). "UFC on FOX 11 bonuses: Cerrone, White, Alves, Baczynski win $50,000". Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  17. ^ Staff (2014-07-08). "Seth Baczynski-Alan Jouban Welterweight bout added to UFC Fight Night in Maine". Retrieved 2014-07-08.
  18. ^ Staff (2014-08-17). "UFC Fight Night 47 bonuses: Boetsch, Thiago Tavares, Jouban, Baczynski win $50,000". Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  19. ^ Staff (2015-01-27). "Seth Baczynski vs. Leon Edwards booked for UFC Fight Night 64 in Poland". Retrieved 2015-01-27.
  20. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-04-11). "UFC Fight Night 64 results: Leon Edwards takes eight seconds to KO Seth Baczynski". Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  21. ^ Marc Raimondi (2017-02-15). "Joe Stevenson, James Krause, Jesse Taylor among TUF: Redemption cast members". Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  22. ^ Jason Burgos (May 2, 2019). "UFC Veteran Seth Baczynski Signs Multi-Fight Deal with World Lethwei Championship".
  23. ^ Steven Rae (August 2, 2019). "WLC King of Nine Limbs Results: Dave Leduc captures cruiserweight title".
  24. ^ "Seth Baczynski and the Travels of a MMA Gunslinger". GoFightLive.
  25. ^
  26. ^ Matthew Carter (2 January 2020). "2019 Lethwei World Awards". Lethwei World.
  27. ^ "SPIA Asia 2019 Winners". Spia Asia. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  28. ^ "NATIONAL WINNERS 2020" (PDF). Asian Academy Awards. Retrieved 15 October 2020.

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