The rumor that Semerzier was cut from the UFC roster had persisted throughout the week and the 31-year-old recently confirmed the unfortunate news with The Score.
6-4 as a professional with one no contest to his record, Semerzier burst onto the scene after submitting Brazilian jiu jitsu wizard Wagnney Fabiano in his WEC debut in a bout he was widely forecast to lose. The Miami-born former Marine would then go on a three-fight skid in the WEC, dropping consecutive contests to Deividas Taurosevicius, Javier Vasquez and Cub Swanson.
Semerzier turned things around when he was absorbed into the UFC with the rest of the WEC, impressively tapping out Alex Caceres in one round. Controversy would follow that bout, as Semerzier was hurt with a headbutt in a fight with Robert Peralta and originally declared the loser via TKO. After reviewing the tapes, the result was changed to a no contest and a rematch between the two was set.
The rematch never materialized, as Peralta got injured and was replaced by Pineda, which brings us to where we are today. Pineda hurt Semerzier with a punch and submitted him shortly after via triangle/armbar.
A member of Team Curran, Semerzier fights out of Linxx Academy in Virginia Beach, Virginia.