HAMPTON, Va.—Last week, Bleacher Report was able to catch up with UFC featherweight Mackens "Mack Da Menace" Semerzier (MMA: 6-3 (1-NC); UFC: 1-0 (1-NC)) to talk about his upcoming fight against Daniel Pinenda at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann, how he feels about Robbie Peralta withdrawing from the fight and what it feels like going to Australia to compete.
Semerzier's last fight was against Peralta at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, where "Da Menace" was originally awarded a third-round TKO loss, but due to an inadvertent head butt which referee Big John McCarthy was not in a position to see at the time, the result was overturned by the California State Athletic Commission to a no-contest.
After campaigning for a rematch, Semerzier was granted one, but Peralta was forced to withdraw due to injury. However, Semerzier was not phased by the change in opponent and, in his own way, saw it coming.
Also discussed was Semerzier holding his training camp in Virginia Beach, Va., as opposed to doing it at Team Curran in Chicago, Ill. like he previously had, as well as the bureaucracy involved with fighting in Australia and his desire to go home with a bonus.
UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann is set to take place at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia on March 3, but due to the time-zone difference will air live on March 2 in North America.