Seth Baczynski will fight Teddy Ash for the Unified MMA vacant middleweight title at Unified MMA 34 on September 28, the promotion announced on Wednesday.
Baczynski is an 11-time UFC veteran who held a 5-6 record with the promotion before he was released in 2015. The long-time welterweight has gone 2-1 since. “The Polish Pistola” attempted a UFC return on the TUF: Redemption season, but lost a decision to Gilbert Smith.
He’s riding a two-fight winning streak into the title fight. Baczynski holds victories over No. 8-ranked UFC welterweight Neil Magny, UFC welterweight Matt Brown, and Alex Garcia.
“Teddy’s got a game opponent and I’ve got my hands full too,” Baczynski said in a press release. “There will definitely be fireworks. The most likely outcome for this fight is me getting the finish–that’s what I’m always working towards.”
Ash enters the fight as the Unified MMA light heavyweight champion after he defeated Kobe Ortiz for the title in May. He’ll have an opportunity to be a dual-weight champion for the Canadian promotion with a victory. He’s on a five-fight winning streak, his last loss coming to Brendan Kornberger in 2016.
“This is a great fight for me and a great fight for the fans,” Ash said in the press release. “I’m excited to put on a great show, I’m excited to finish my opponent, and I’m excited to add another belt to my collection.”
A win over Baczynski would stand to be the biggest of Ash’s career and would go a long way in giving the Fort McMurray standout his best chance for a UFC opportunity.
Baczynski himself is hoping a title win over Ash will punch his own ticket back to the UFC. The bout figures to have hefty implications.
Unified MMA goes down at River Cree Resort & Casino in Enoch, Alta., and will air on UnifiedMMA.tv.
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