UFC 162's Seth Baczynski looking to 'air out' Brian Melancon wherever possible


seth-baczynski-6.jpgSeth Baczynski‘s wife doesn’t allow their five kids to watch his fights. They’re way too “bloody and gnarly,” she says, and that’s the way he likes it.

“It doesn’t bother me,” Baczynski told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I feel like I’m one of the few fighters that is always going for the kill. I’ll never point-fight. I’ll never train that way. I always want to finish. The bloodier the better.”

Baczynski (18-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will attempt to donate more plasma on Saturday when he meets newcomer Brian Melancon (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the Facebook-streamed preliminary card of UFC 162, which takes place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 11? is known for his long and lanky welterweight frame and a willingness to scrap with anybody. After losing his first post-TUF fight, he rebuilt himself on the regional circuit and went on to win four straight in the octagon.

But after losing a unanimous decision to Mike Pierce in his most recent outing at UFC on FX 6, Baczynski is ready to get back on the winning track.

“We got everything we wanted, we just didn’t get the outcome we wanted,” he said. “I kept my hips a little too high and made some technical errors. He did a good job of executing his game plan, and I didn’t do a very good job of executing mine.”

That’s always going to be knocking out opponents such as Melancon, a Bellator and Legacy FC vet who brings a 6-2 record into the octagon.

“It doesn’t matter where we lock up at,” Baczynski said. “We can lock up at a honky-tonk bar. It don’t matter, I’m going to try and air him out.”

But the 31-year-old fighter is taking a different route to getting the KO than he did earlier in his career.

“I was always focused on being this crazy fighter, and when you get older, it’s a lot of wasted energy,” he said. “I like to enjoy my time here now and enjoy the whole process. It’s hard to enjoy the whole process when you’re just thinking about airing someone out all the time.”

Of course, he has a full-time job as a utilities worker and five kids to keep him distracted. But he’s also learned to keep his emotions in check on the streets. A run-in with a boxer outside a club taught him never to run his mouth.

“I took a big ol’ freaking loop, and he gave me a one-two,” remembers Baczynski. “He split both my lips wide open. He said, ‘Do you want some more? And I said: ‘No!’ I had to get 18 stitches on my top lip and six on my bottom.”

Baczynski now trains six days a week, and tells people he’s a janitor instead of a fighter. The blood stays in one place that way.

For the latest on UFC 162, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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