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Cage Fighting - Seth Baczynski

Seth’s formal presentation went something like this … 

Grew up here. Went to <st1:ST1:ST1:ST1:PLACE w:st="on"><st1:ST1:ST1:ST1:PLACENAME w:st="on">Apache <st1:ST1:ST1:ST1:PLACENAME w:st="on">Junction <st1:ST1:ST1:ST1:PLACETYPE w:st="on">High School. Live in Gold Canyon. Have worked for Charlie Hernandez at <st1:ST1:ST1:ST1:CITY w:st="on"><st1:ST1:ST1:ST1:PLACE w:st="on">Liberty Water for seven years. Have been a professional Cage Fighter for five years.  Any questions?

About 30 seconds … shortest presentation in club’s history … but with the Q&A the fun began.

What is Cage Fighting?
Mixed Marshall Arts is exactly that … a mixture of various fighting disciplines such as Boxing, Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu and Kick Boxing. 

What kind of training?
When preparing for a competition the strength of the opposing fighter often dictates the focus on the training program before the fight. Fighters use different coaches; each specializing in their own discipline. 

What kind of equipment is used?

Fighters enter the cage with shorts, groin cup, gloves and mouth guard. No shoes and no head gear. 


What is the Cage made of?

The cage is an eight-sided metal structure. Latex pads cover the vertical supports. The floor is canvas … but unlike a typical boxing ring where the floor is somewhat springy … the cage floor is very firm.


Are any punches illegal?

There are a number of illegal moves … but the basic ones are no biting, no poking in the eye, no strikes to the groin area, no hits at the back of the neck (Rabbit Punch) and generally no hits to vulnerable parts of the spine. There are also restrictions to hits on a fighter who is on the ground. Also, multiple fights in one day are not allowed.


What is the extent of medical oversight in the sport?

Doctors are present at all competitions. Medical exams and tests are given to all professional fighters before being cleared for a fight.  Physical exams include MRIs, MRAs, HIV test and an Ophthalmology exam.  When a fighter has had a concussion a doctor will monitor the fighter closely. Even after a concussion the fighter can continue to train … but is prohibited from taking any blows to the head for a minimum of ten days.


How do you avoid a concussion or being injured?

As for concussions … “I try to move my head a lot”. Seth also delivered a great one-liner … “I didn’t read or spell very well even before I started fighting.”


How did you get started in fighting?

When he was very young a neighborhood bully would often beat him up.  Then when the family moved to <st1:ST1:ST1:ST1:STATE w:st="on"><st1:ST1:ST1:ST1:PLACE w:st="on">Arizona a kid picked a fight with him and he realized he could “really take a punch” and he kept on fighting … and winning.


How is a win determined?

Knock out is the easiest to understand – as Seth says “I try to knock the other guy out … knock him silly”.  Then there are the technical win decisions when a choke hold causes an opponent to become unconscious. Medical win decisions occur when a fighter is injured with a broken bone or a bleeding wound.


Seth is a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Welterweight competitor. He goes by the name Polish Pistola and has a record of 14 wins and 6 losses. You can find more information about Seth on Wikipedia - check out this link .. Baczynski.