In this new series, we will take a look at the newest additions to the UFC roster, the Bantamweights and Featherweights. The series is used to show the established fighters, ready to fight for the title, down to the new up and comers. For the next few weeks, I will try and post atleast two fighters a day. Leading up to the first title defense in the Featherweight division at UFC 129.
Mackens Semerzier entered the WEC with an undefeated record and a ton of hype. At 4 – 0, he was a former high school wrestler and U. S. Marine, who trained in boxing in his offtime. Semerzier made his WEC debut against a very dangerous Wagnney Fabiano. He shocked the world with his Triangle Choke two minute into the first round.
Things didnt go as planned after his first fight, and Semerzier saw himself lose his only three fights in 2010. The Team Curran product lost to Deividas Taurosevicious, Javier Vazquez, and Cub Swanson before he decided to take some time off, with his career hanging in the balance.
The UFC must have seen something they liked in the __ year old to bring him in with the merger after a three fight losing streak. He was matched up with reality show star, Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres where he made quick work with a first round Rear Naked Choke. Semerzier looked dominant in his performance, even though he was considered the underdog.
Semerzier started 2011 on the opposite end of 2010, and he should keep the momentum going forward. He is an exciting fighter who looks to work on his feet and on the ground, and is exciting even in a loss.
His only blemishes seem to come when he is facing the upper end of this interesting Featherweight division.
UP AND COMERS
#21 – Alex Caceres
#20 – Raphael Assuncao
#19 – Mackens Semerzier