Mackens on his win over Wagnney Fabiano

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Upon authoring perhaps the biggest upset of the year in mixed martial arts, Mackens Semerzier nonchanlantly rose from the canvas, whispered a thanks to his fallen opponent Wagnney Fabiano for the opportunity to compete against him, and simply smiled to the camera broadcasting the shocker to the world.

No one would have objected if Semerzier, who according to multiple MMA wagering sites entered the bout as the biggest underdog of the 10-card WEC event, pulled out a bottle of champagne and uncorked it right in the center of the cage. Instead, he illustrated the maturity that led to his win in the first place by controlling his emotions in a supercharged moment.

“I say this with total confidence: I fully expected to win,” said the previously little-known Semerzier, who improbably submitted top three featherweight Fabiano with a triangle choke. “Not that I walk around saying I can beat anyone, but that’s a thing for me in life: you can always win. You can always find a way. I always thought, ‘I’m going to figure out a way to do it. So when I win, it doesn’t surprise me.”

In the annals of MMA, you can find more storied upsets. Matt Serra was a 10-1 underdog when he defeated Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title. Maurice Smith’s defeat of Mark Coleman was a stunner when it happened in 1997. But seldom do you see a virtual unknown upsetting a top three fighter in his division.

And as equally surprising as the result was the method.

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