Matthew Semelsberger



Scores 15-second KO win
September 25, 2021
Semelsberger defeated Martin Sano via KO (punch) at 0:15 of Round 1 at UFC 266 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
That effort should be more than enough to earn Semelsberger his show, win, and Performance of the Night bonus (though the two POTN bonuses instead went to Merab Dvalishvili and Chris Daukaus). Not bad for 15 seconds worth of work. Coming off a unanimous decision loss to Khaos Williams this past June, Semelsberger walked across the Octagon and torched the debuting Sano with a right hand that knocked his opponent unconscious. It was a scary moment, but Sano appeared to be okay. The 28-year-old Maryland native has now won three of his first four UFC bouts.
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Set for September fight
August 12, 2021
Semelsberger (nose) is scheduled to fight Martin Sano at UFC 266, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
With this fight announcement, Semelsberger has evidently received medical clearance to return to the Octagon. He is coming off of his first UFC defeat in three fights after losing a unanimous decision to Khaos Williams in June.
Picks up nose injury
June 22, 2021
Semelsberger is facing a 180-day medical suspension, reports.
Semelsberger suffered a nose injury last weekend in his first career UFC loss to Khaos Williams. He will need to get clearance from a doctor before being able to return to the Octagon before mid-December.
Suffers first UFC defeat
June 19, 2021
Semelsberger lost to Khaos Williams via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Semelsberger fought fairly well considering he was blitzed by Williams and nearly stopped just moment into the fight. The Maryland native slowly recovered and regained some momentum the rest of the way, but his output and overall effectiveness simply wasn't enough against the uber-aggressive Williams. Semelsberger has fought well in his first three UFC bouts, with this being his first and only setback. The 28-year-old has shown an ability to step into the Octagon frequently and that trait alone has a ton of value for a company which holds an event most every week.
Matching up with Khaos Williams
April 28, 2021
Semelsberger will face Khaos Williams in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night on June 19, Nolan King and Farah Hannoun of USA Today report.
Semelsberger made his UFC debut in March and was impressive during brief action with a knockout of Jason Witt 16 seconds into Round 1. Williams will look to get back in the win column after losing to Michel Pereira in December, which was a quick turnaround from his 30-second knockout of Abdul Razak Alhassan less than five weeks earlier.
16-second statement in opener
March 13, 2021
Semelsberger defeated Jason Witt via KO (punch) at 0:16 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's difficult to break down a fight that lasted all of 16 seconds, but Semelberger's power is clearly legitimate and he should earn a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for this effort. The 28-year-old was very inconsistent during the early part of his professional career, but he's currently in the midst of a five-fight winning streak, including each of his first two UFC bouts. Semelsberger is a big, strong guy, but he's never fought anyone of note and it remains to be seen if his power will play against better competition. He's proven he can beat up fringe fighters like Witt without issue.