Matthew Semelsberger

Matthew Paul Semelsberger[1] (born November 23, 1992) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Matthew Semelsberger
BornMatthew Paul Semelsberger[1]
(1992-11-23) November 23, 1992 (age 29)
Rockville, Maryland, United States
Nickname(s)Semi the Jedi
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Reach75.0 in (191 cm)[2]
TeamCrazy 88 MMA
Clinch Academy
RankBlue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[3]
Purple belt in Muay Thai[3]
Years active2017–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission1
By decision3
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Semelsberger is a 2011 graduate of Urbana High School, where he competed in football, lacrosse, and wrestling.[4][5] Excelling particularly in football, he led Urbana to a state championship win, and later played Division I-AA football with a scholarship at Marist College while majoring in criminal justice. However, he ended up dropping out at the beginning of his MMA career. At the age of 14, he entered an MMA program at a school close to home. Having done some years of youth wrestling, Matthew wanted to learn how to fight in case he ever found himself in a position where violence was his only option. After one of his wrestling buddies showed him his collection of the Ultimate Fighting Championship DVDs and VHS tapes, he was enamored with the sport and decided to start his goal of making the UFC.[6][7]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Starting his professional career in 2017, Semelsberger compiled a 6-2 record in the regional East Coast scene, competing in such promotions like CFFC, where he won a close decision against Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov at CFFC 74,[8] Maverick MMA where he won a bout against Kris Gratalo at Maverick MMA 15 after Gratalo threw in the towel between rounds due to a broken arm,[9]and Art of War Cage Fighting, where Semelsberger picked up his final win before being given a UFC contract after knocking out Richard Patishnock at AoWCF 17.[10]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Semelsberger was initially scheduled to make his promotional debut against Philip Rowe at UFC on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar on August 22, 2020.[11] However, Rowe pulled out of the bout citing a toe injury and was replaced by Carlton Minus.[12] Despite knocking Minus down in the first round, Semelsberger won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

Semelsberger made his sophomore appearance in the promotion against Jason Witt at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad on March 14, 2021. He won the fight via first-minute knockout.[14] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[15]

Semelsberger faced Khaos Williams on June 19, 2021 at UFC on ESPN: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige.[16] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[17]

Semelsberger faced Martin Sano Jr. on September 25, 2021 at UFC 266.[18] He won the fight via knockout in round one.[19]

Semelsberger faced A.J. Fletcher on March 12, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 203.[20] He won the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.[21]

Semelsberger is scheduled to face Alex Morono on July 30, 2022 at UFC 277.[22]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 10 wins 3 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 1 1
By decision 3 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–3 A.J. Fletcher Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev March 12, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–3 Martin Sano Jr. KO (punch) UFC 266 September 25, 2021 1 0:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–3 Khaos Williams Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige June 19, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2 Jason Witt KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad March 13, 2021 1 0:16 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 7–2 Carlton Minus Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar August 22, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–2 Richard Patishnock KO (punch) Art of War Cage Fighting 17 February 8, 2020 1 2:14 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 5–2 Kris Gratalo TKO (injury) Maverick MMA 15 November 9, 2019 2 5:00 Dickson City, Pennsylvania, United States Middleweight bout.
Win 4–2 Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov Decision (split) CFFC 74 May 17, 2019 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Catchweight (175 lb) bout.
Loss 3–2 Jerome Featherstone TKO (punches) Shogun Fights 20 October 6, 2018 3 4:09 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 3–1 Scott Noble TKO (punches) Shogun Fights 18 April 14, 2018 2 4:53 Baltimore, Maryland, United States Welterweight debut.
Loss 2–1 Darren Costa Submission (brabo choke) Shogun Fights 17 October 7, 2017 3 1:23 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 2–0 Brian Maxwell Submission (heel hook) Strike Off 10 June 17, 2017 3 1:43 Manassas Park, Virginia, United States
Win 1–0 Donelei Benedetto TKO (punches) Shogun Fights 16 April 8, 2017 2 1:10 Baltimore, Maryland, United States


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Mixed martial arts show results Date: March 13, 2021
  2. ^ "Stats | UFC". Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Matthew Semelsberger". Ultimate Fighting Championship. 17 August 2020. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  4. ^ "Matthew Semelsberger - Football".
  5. ^ "Ijamsville's Matthew Semelsberger re-ups with UFC, continuing 'campaign' to elite status".
  6. ^ "Matthew Semelsberger | UFC". 17 August 2020. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  7. ^ Lee, Edward. "Frederick County's Matthew Semelsberger signs contract with UFC, realizing childhood quest". Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  8. ^ Fortune, Ryan (2019-05-17). "CFFC 74: Sabatini vs. Oliveira Live Results". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  9. ^ Kowal, Eric (2019-11-09). "Maverick 15 results - Gratalo vs. Semelsberger". Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  10. ^ Crist, Adam (2020-02-08). "Art of War Cage Fighting 17 Results - Hafez vs Amisial". Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  11. ^ Edward Lee (2020-08-07). "Frederick County's Matthew Semelsberger signs contract with UFC, realizing childhood quest". Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  12. ^ "Geen vervanger Romero, Waterson vs. Hill gecanceld en nieuwe tegenstander OSP op 22 augustus". 2020-07-13. Retrieved 2021-05-25. (in Dutch)
  13. ^ Jon Realejo (August 22, 2020). "UFC on ESPN 15 Results: Matthew Semelsberger Defeats Carlton Minus Via Unanimous Decision".
  14. ^ Dan Hiergesell (March 13, 2021). "Knockout! Watch Matthew Semelsberger starch Jason Witt in 16 seconds at UFC Vegas 21".
  15. ^ a b Stephie Haynes (2021-03-13). "UFC Vegas 21 post-fight bonuses: Dan Ige quickly starches Gavin Tucker". Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  16. ^ Behunin, Alex (10 May 2021). "Khaos Williams vs. Matthew Semelsberger Set For June 19 UFC Event". Cagesidepress. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  17. ^ Behunin, Alex (2021-06-19). "UFC Vegas 29 Results: Khaos Williams Defeats Matthew Semelsberger In Slugfest". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-06-20.
  18. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-08-13). "Matthew Semelsberger treft Martin Sano Jr. tijdens UFC 266 in Las Vegas". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-08-13.
  19. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2021-09-25). "UFC 266 Results: Matthew Semelsberger Crushes Martin Sano In 15 Seconds". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  20. ^ Dorff, Marcel. "SEMI THE JEDI TAKES ON UNDEFEATED NEWCOMER FLETCHER AT UFC VEGAS 50". Retrieved 2022-02-07.
  21. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2022-03-12). "UFC Vegas 50: Matthew Semelsberger Spoils A.J. Fletcher's Debut". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-03-13.
  22. ^ ATSteveDuncan (2022-06-25). "Alex Morono vs. Matthew Semelsberger agregado a UFC 277". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  23. ^ "Matthew Semelsberger". Sherdog. Retrieved 2021-09-25.

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