Though it was announced today that UFC Fight Night 25 main eventer Jake Shields would be keeping his spot on the event despite his father’s unexpected passing, preliminary card fighters Mackens Semerzier and DaMarques Johnson were both forced off of the fight card with injury.
As of now, Semerzier’s would-be opponent Mike Lullo is still without someone to face at the event, but MMAJunkie.com has announced that Seth Baczynski will likely be stepping in to face off against Clay Harvison in Johnson’s stead.
The 29-year-old Baczynski was a contestant on the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter; though he didn’t initially make the cut, he was brought back to the show after another fighter was injured. He won his first fight back, but subsequently lost to Brad Tavares via disqualification in the the show’s quarter-finals and was cut from the UFC following a unanimous decision defeat to Tavares in the show’s finale. Since that loss, the Polish Pistola put together two straight victories, both stoppages via strikes. The 13-6 fighter trains out of Power MMA in Arizona with the likes of Ryan Bader, CB Dollaway, and Aaron Simpson.
Clay Harvison was a member of coach Brock Lesnar’s team on this most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter and, though he didn’t win the show, he retained his spot on the UFC’s roster by defeating Justin Edwards via split decision at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale this past June. Harvison is 9-3 overall and is currently riding a three-fight winning streak.
UFC Fight Night 25 is scheduled to go down on September 17 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.