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Aftershocks of UFC 151 cancellation still felt by fighters at upcoming Toronto event

Photo of Seth Baczynski by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting
Photo of Seth Baczynski by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting

The storm, it seems, is not quite ready to clear out just yet.

Everyone knows by now the domino effect that occurred after Dan Henderson was injured and Jon Jones passed on last-second replacement Chael Sonnen for the UFC 151 event that was supposed to take place this weekend (Sept. 1, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Due to ZUFFA's decision to cancel the event, money, it appears, is being lost from all angles, including the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass losing out on all the potential profits from pay-per-view (PPV) buys and live gate, as well as the coin spent on promoting the show leading all the way up to the cancellation.

Fans who spent the dough for a "Sin City" Labor Day Weekend trip might seem less excited now that they don't have an event to go to and the rest of the event's fighters, who will have to wait a bit longer to get a paycheck due to all the reshuffling of fights, weren't too thrilled about their losses, either.

Now, the after effects are spilling over to the UFC 152 event on Sept. 22 in Canada.

Since Jones has a new opponent in the form of Vitor Belfort and has been moved to headline UFC 152, Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson's first-ever flyweight title fight has been bumped to co-main event status. Sure, in the long run, it will probably help the PPV buys go up having such huge stars like Jones and Belfort headlining the event, however, with the addition of the "Bones" vs. "The Phenom" fight, everyone else on the card took a bump down, too.

With that, not everyone fighting in Toronto is thrilled about the move.

In a conversation with, UFC welterweight up-and-comer, Seth Baczynski, talks about how the decision to move Jones to the Toronto card will affect him financially.

"I never thought I would get moved down to Facebook. I am on a six fight win streak and three inside the UFC, so it was a huge shock to be bumped down. I am not sure what else I have to do, talk shit? Say dumb stuff? I mean, I fight and that's what I do. I come to fight. Being bumped down will cost me a lot of money in sponsors, but my manager is taking care of it and taking care of me. He's working it out, and I am not worried about it. All I am concentrating on is beating Simeon Thoresen on Sept 22nd. After I finish him, the UFC will have to put me on a main card or something. But right now, I don't care about Facebook or anything, all I care about is finishing Simeon. I feel I am fortunate to have the coaches I have, and working with them makes me better every day. Power MMA and Fitness is an amazing place to train, and we are like one big family. Those guys, make me better every day."

Making a push in the UFC's 170-pound division, Seth's last bout against Lance Benoist was featured on Fuel TV's telecast, after having his previous two bouts inside the Octagon featured on Facebook.

Riding a three fight win streak in the UFC, Baczynski was not only climbing the division ladder, but slowly working his way up to main card status, which can mean a significant increase in exposure which leads to a jump in payday from sponsors. No longer going to be featured on FX, Seth is now looking at a significant decrease from sponsorship money.

Though perhaps the ‘demotion' is only temporary, Seth will look to make the most of his situation by trying to get past Thoresen who made a successful UFC debut back in April at UFC on Fuel TV: "Gustafsson vs. Silva."

With a victory, expect Seth's next fight to be featured on television, working his way up to either a potential main card slot either on PPV, Fuel TV or FX.

Seth would like to thank his coach's, Power MMA and Fitness, training partners, manager Jason Karpel, and sponsors, Jaco, Iron Bridge Tools, Ben Taylor Law Office, Curtis Co & Watch, Knockout Revolution, and Lexani. Follow Seth on twitter at @sethbmma.

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