Mackens Semerzier has a different perspective on the fight game. Then again, anybody who can defeat one of the world's best in only his fifth professional fight should be allowed such. Semerzier is currently 5-0 and as a result of his recent success, has landed right in the mix of contenders in the WEC featherweight division. How far he can take it from there? Well, if the past is any type of indicator, the sky seems to be the limit.
If you haven't heard the story by now, you've clearly been living under a rock. The Miguel Torres understudy stepped up to face highly respected contender Wagnney Fabiano on short notice this past October at WEC 43, and put forth an effort fight fans won't soon forget. In what would be viewed as "one of the biggest upsets of the year", the Virginia Beach resident picked up the win by way of a triangle choke at 2:14 of the first round in a performance that was rewarded with Submission of the Night honors.
With no time to rest on his laurels, Mack "da Menace" is at it again this Sunday night where he'll be looking to steal the show one more time against Deividas Taurosevicius at WEC 46. However, sharing the main card with names such as Varner, Brown, and Faber; the task might not be as easy this time around.
Tommy Kail of FiveKnuckles.com recently caught up with Mack to discuss his last victory, his upcoming fight, and some other things you just might not hear anywhere else.
FiveKnuckles.com: Some interesting names associated with this fight. I did the best I could with both of them.
FiveKnuckles.com: I've heard some announcers pronounce it differently so it's good to get that straightened out. The least I can do is get these names right.
Mackens Semerzier: Yeah, it looks like you can pronounce it with a French accent, but I don't do it that way. I just say it how it is.
FiveKnuckles.com: Definitely. We're not in France so you got to say it the way it looks... Is it cool if I call you Mack?
Mackens Semerzier: (Laughs) Yeah man. That's cool.
FiveKnuckles.com: Okay, I'm sticking with Mack. I don't want you hunting me down because I've seen what you can do in the cage. I prefer to address you by your correct name.
Mackens Semerzier: I only do that stuff for money. I don't beat people up for no reason so you're safe.
FiveKnuckles.com: Thank goodness. Mack, where were you born and how did you get involved in MMA?
Mackens Semerzier: I was born in Miami, Florida. It's kind of the cliché story as to how I started fighting. I used to watch the early UFC events. My dad was a big fight fan. He and my uncles would always watch the UFC and boxing as well. My younger uncles were into wrestling and I eventually took that up in high school. I started boxing once I graduated from high school. Shortly after that, I began to study jiu-jitsu and Thai boxing. I got involved in MMA through helping some of my buddies prepare...