"Yeah, I got cut," Semerzier wrote in a text message to The MMA Show. "I gotta get hot again and earn my spot again."
Semerzier (6-4, 1 NC) first competed under the Zuffa banner in the WEC, where he made a big splash in his debut by submitting heavy favorite Wagnney Fabiano in what some called the biggest upset of 2009. Things didn't go quite as well for Mack Da Menace after that though. He lost three in a row in the WEC, but was still brought over to the UFC after the merger. A win over Alex Caceres got him off to a good start, but he went to a no-contest with Robert Peralta due to an unintentional headbutt, then lost to Pineda. That was apparently enough to get released.
Semerzier, who recently bought his first house in Virginia according to his Facebook account, might have been a victim of the numbers game as the UFC has been loading up on featherweights lately. Either way though, with a few wins he could easily make it back to the big leagues.