In the fourth bout of the night, we'll get to see an intriguing battle at 145. Both guys kickstarted their rise to prominence with huge upsets, and hope to take another step up the ladder in the UFC with a second straight win. Mackens Semerzier (6-3, 1-0 UFC) meets Robert Peralta (15-3, 1-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout at UFC on Fox 1.
Neither fighter is currently ranked on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, and this bout probably isn't going to change that. Semerzier needs more quality wins to erase the three WEC losses, and Peralta just doesn't have the big-game experience yet. This featherweight UFC on Fox fight will be on the preliminary card, which will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at approximately 4:45 p.m. ET/1:45 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Semerzier: 31 years old | 5'9" | 72" reach Peralta: 28 years old | 5'8" | 71' reach
Mackens Semerzier is a former marine and high school wrestler who got into MMA back in 2008. He was brought into the WEC with just four pro fights under his belt, and pulled off one of the biggest upsets of 2009 when he submitted former IFL champion and BJJ black belt Wagnney Fabiano with a triangle. It went downhill after that though, with three straight losses in the organization. His last WEC bout against Cub Swanson was very entertaining (it won fight of the night) and super-close though, so he was brought over to the UFC anyway. He made his UFC debut in style, submitting fellow UFC on Fox competitor Alex Caceres in the first round.
Robert Peralta is a Honduran-Mexican fighter who has fought in both countries in the past. He was a regular on the California MMA scene and was brought in to face Dream featherweight champion Hiroyuki Takaya in his Strikeforce debut. Like his opponent, he pulled off one of the bigger upsets of the year when he defeated Takaya by split decision. That was enough to get a late replacement call from the UFC (where he actually replaced Semerzier) to meet Mike Lullo. Peralta was victorious by unanimous decision and will look for his second win against Mackens.
Why should you care?
This is likely to be one of the most exciting fights on the undercard. Both of these guys like to stand and trade, and are capable on the ground as well if it goes there. It won't win fight of the night, but it certainly could be in the running.
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