WEC featherweight Mackens Semerzier has suffered an undisclosed injury during training that has forced him withdraw from his WEC 48 matchup with Anthony Morrison, which was slated for the preliminary card of the promotion’s April 24 pay-per-view debut.
“This is not the first time I have been hurt durining training camp. But it’s the first time it’s been bad enough that I couldn’t train at all,” Semerzier posted to Facebook on Wednesday. “I will not be fighting at WEC48 due to injury. Sorry ppl but “it’s on to the next one”. I have a new appreciation for my health. I’ll be better soon and hopefuly looking forward… to WEC51.”
Semerzier (5-1) scored one of the biggest upsets of 2009 when he submitted Wagnney Fabiano in the opening round of his WEC debut in October, but suffered his first career loss to Deividas Taurosevicius at January’s WEC 46.
Morrison (15-8) had won four of his last five bouts before suffering a first-round submission to former 145-pound champ Mike Brown in January.
The WEC is expected to seek a replacement to face Morrison on the WEC 48 undercard.
WEC 48 is headlined by featherweight champ Jose Aldo vs. former title-holder Urijah Faber, and also includes lightweight champ Ben Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone and Mike Brown vs. Manny Gamburyan.
Pictured: Mackens Semerzier