Interview with Matt Semelsberger above
Following UFC 266: Maryland’s Matthew “Semi The Jedi” Semelsberger continued to display his brute power within his hands, taking out UFC debut fighter and Nick Diaz-student, Martin Sano, putting him away in a stunning 15 seconds via KO.
Scoring the fastest knockout on the card, Semelsberger joins the likes Anthony “Rumble” Johnson as the only two welterweights to hold knockouts under 30 seconds within the UFC. A strong feat that holds significant weight as the promising Crazy 88 standout, Semelsberger re-enters negotiations for a new contract.
Coming off of his lone loss in the UFC to Khaos Williams, Semelsberger was eager to get back to his winning ways and utilize what he took away from that particular bout. “Starting right away,” Semelsberger says, “and NOT trying to sit and settle and then go,” he continues. “If you notice, right in the beginning of the fight with this guy (Sano), I went right at him. I jabbed right at him and then started getting in his face,” Semelsberger confesses. However, “I wanted to take the first minute or two or the first moments of the fight to feel him out on the feet,” he admits.
Although his game plan may not have panned out as he imagined, he was certainly ecstatic about the outcome. The bout, in its entirety didn’t last long enough for “Semi The Jedi” to gauge a “feeling out” process. In the opening seconds of the bout, Semelsberger connected a straight right hand, landing flush on Sano’s chin, sending him crashing to the canvas. Semelsberger wasted no time following his injured foe to the canvas to deliver a finishing right hand-hammer fist that finished the job as the referee darted to call a halt to the contest at 15 seconds of the opening round.
Matthew “Semi The Jedi” Semelsberger joined MyMMANews to discuss his recent KO win, how he celebrated by visiting an oversized candy store, giving the spotlight to his teammates in their upcoming fights and so much more!
Currently studying Broadcast Journalism at Wilmington University, Adam’s passion for the sport only grows stronger when a fighter’s voice can be heard. He thrives on asking detailed questions to inspire the thoughts behind the punches in hopes that each fighter can find their proper justice. Specializing in pre and post fight interviews for MyMMANews, Adam strives to keep the fight fans up to speed with the most recent and authentic MMA news possible.
He is Co-promoter of Delaware’s premier kick-boxing and Muay Thai organization, IBF Promotions. Recently he has also accompanied MMA organizations Global Proving Ground and XCC as Co-host and ringside commentator.