Admittedly, if Seth Baczynski had not made changes following his loss to Brad Tavares at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale last June, he might not have gotten an opportunity to return to the promotion.
“I think losing to Brad Tavares was a huge eye opener for me in my career,” he said. “It was probably the best thing that could have happened to me.
“It made me come back and take a look at my career as a whole – like the whole body of work – and really start being a little more diligent about my training. Being a little more serious and pushing to get the best out of me, and be a little more technical as well.”
Baczynski further told MMAWeekly.com, “Every fighter has some formula or remedy for success. Some people find it and some people don’t. I truly I believe I found the formula that works for me.
“Being more consistent on a regular basis, not only in the gym but in my personal life too, just being a lot more consistent and accountable.”
Baczynski will get an opportunity to showcase his refinements as he steps in for an injured DeMarques Johnson against Clay Harvison at UFC Fight Night 25 in New Orleans.
“He comes after everyone he fights, so it should be an exciting fight for everyone,” said Baczynski. “Whoever is going to get off first and get in a rhythm first is going to win this fight.”
For Baczynski, pacing is everything when it comes to a fight.
“Wherever it is; on the feet, on the ground, in the clinch; wherever it is, I have to be in control at all times,” he said. “I’ve got to be firing off rapid responses for everything he gives me.
“I don’t know how to fight any other way, anyway. I’m going to go for broke every time I fight. I’ve just got to be more technical, try not lose my composure, and stay fundamentally sound amidst all the madness out there.”
Perhaps most importantly for Baczynski, amending his outlook will help make his return to the UFC a longer stay than his previous one.
“I think the biggest thing I learned from my last trip to the UFC is that you have so many people pulling on your coattails and stuff when you get there; I think I lost sight of just going out there and having fun,” he said in closing.
“No matter where it is, every fight’s important at this stage in my career. I’m almost 30 and the clock is ticking, so I’ve got to get while the getting is good. Now I’m finally back in the UFC, I want to stay here.”