Surging welterweight Seth
Baczynski will take on Norwegian prospect Simeon
Thoresen at UFC
152, promotion officials announced Tuesday.
UFC 152 is scheduled to emanate from the Air Canada Centre in
Toronto on Sept. 22. The show features a flyweight title main event
Johnson against Joseph
Benavidez, as well as a middleweight clash between Michael
Bisping and Brian Stann
in the pay-per-view co-headliner.
Baczynski rides a five-fight winning streak into the contest,
having most recently edged Lance
Benoist in a split decision last month at UFC on FX 3. “The
Polish Pistola” competed as a middleweight during the 11th season
of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2010, but lost to Brad
Tavares via decision in the live finale. Since returning to the
Octagon at 170 pounds, Baczynski has been perfect, submitting
Harvison and Matt Brown
before outpointing Benoist.
Two years younger than his future foe, 28-year-old Thoresen has
lost just once in his last 10 outings. “The Grin” made his UFC
debut in April during the promotion’s inaugural trip to Sweden,
where he stopped Besam
Yousef in the second round of their UFC on Fuel TV 2 clash.
Thoresen has been finished just once as a pro and owns 15 of his 17
career wins by submission.