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Matthew Semelsberger
Born (1992-11-23) November 23, 1992 (age 31)
Rockville, Maryland, United States
NicknameSemi the Jedi
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Reach75 in (191 cm)[1]
TeamCrazy 88 MMA
Clinch Academy
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Purple belt in Muay Thai[2]
Years active2017–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission1
By decision4
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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


Semelsberger is a 2011 graduate of Urbana High School, where he competed in football, lacrosse, and wrestling.[3][4] 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. Semelsberger started 15 games for the Red Foxes at strong safety in his career with a great senior season of 67 tackles, 5 pass deflections, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble. At the age of 14, he entered an MMA program at a school close to home, Clinch Academy. 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.[5][6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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,[7] 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,[8] 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.[9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Semelsberger was initially scheduled to make his promotional debut against Philip Rowe at UFC on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar on August 22, 2020.[10] However, Rowe pulled out of the bout citing a toe injury and was replaced by Carlton Minus.[11] Despite knocking Minus down in the first round, Semelsberger won the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

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.[13] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[14]

Semelsberger faced Khaos Williams on June 19, 2021 at UFC on ESPN: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige.[15] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[16]

Semelsberger faced Martin Sano Jr. on September 25, 2021 at UFC 266.[17] He won the fight via knockout in round one.[18]

Semelsberger faced A.J. Fletcher on March 12, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 203.[19] He won the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.[20]

Semelsberger faced Alex Morono on July 30, 2022 at UFC 277.[21] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[22]

Semelsberger faced Jake Matthews on December 17, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 216.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Semelsberger faced Jeremiah Wells on April 22, 2023 at UFC Fight Night 222.[25] He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[26]

Semelsberger was scheduled to meet Yohan Lainesse on July 29, 2023 at UFC 291.[27] However, Lainesse was removed from the event for undisclosed reasons and he was replaced by Uroš Medić.[28] Semelsberger lost the bout via TKO in round three after being dropped with a spinning backfist and then finished with ground and pound.[29]

Semelsberger faced Preston Parsons, replacing Bassil Hafez on January 13, 2024, at UFC Fight Night 234.[30] He lost the fight by unananimous decision.[31]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 11 wins 7 losses
By knockout 6 2
By submission 1 1
By decision 4 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–7 Preston Parsons Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Ankalaev vs. Walker 2 January 13, 2024 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–6 Uroš Medić TKO (spinning backfist and punches) UFC 291 July 29, 2023 3 2:36 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Loss 11–5 Jeremiah Wells Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Pavlovich vs. Blaydes April 22, 2023 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–4 Jake Matthews Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland December 17, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–4 Alex Morono Decision (unanimous) UFC 277 July 30, 2022 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
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 also[edit]


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  6. ^ Lee, Edward (7 August 2020). "Frederick County's Matthew Semelsberger signs contract with UFC, realizing childhood quest". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  7. ^ Fortune, Ryan (2019-05-17). "CFFC 74: Sabatini vs. Oliveira Live Results". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  8. ^ Kowal, Eric (2019-11-09). "Maverick 15 results - Gratalo vs. Semelsberger". MyMMANews.com. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  9. ^ Crist, Adam (2020-02-08). "Art of War Cage Fighting 17 Results - Hafez vs Amisial". MyMMANews.com. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
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  11. ^ "Geen vervanger Romero, Waterson vs. Hill gecanceld en nieuwe tegenstander OSP op 22 augustus". mmadna.nl. 2020-07-13. Retrieved 2021-05-25. (in Dutch)
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  25. ^ "Urbana native Matthew Semelsberger draws matchup with Jeremiah Wells for his next UFC appearance on April 22". Yahoo Finance. 27 March 2023. Retrieved 30 March 2023.
  26. ^ Dewar, Val (2023-04-22). "UFC Vegas 71: Jeremiah Wells Comes Back From Knockdown to Defeat Matthew Semelsberger". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2023-04-24.
  27. ^ Anderson, Jay (2023-05-31). "Matthew Semelsberger to Face Yohan Lainesse at UFC 291". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2023-07-10.
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