World Extreme Cagefighting is inching closer and closer every day to its April 24 debut on the pay-per-view scene with the highly anticipated WEC 48: “Aldo vs. Faber”.
The eleven fight card has been set in stone for some time now, but, with just under three weeks left until showtime, the evening’s preliminary card has taken a hit with the loss of Mackens Semerzier. The featherweight was forced to withdraw from his bout with Anthony Morrison due to an undisclosed injury. Semerzier made the announcement via his Facebook account earlier today.
Now, the WEC is on the lookout for a worthy replacement to match up with Morrison at the end of this month, which was confirmed by MMAJunkie.com with WEC officials.
Semerzier (5-1) is coming off a decision loss to the explosive Deividas Taurosevicius, a disappointing follow up to his submission victory over Wagnney Fabiano, which was one of the biggest upsets of 2009. The loss was the first of his six-fight professional career, and a chance to get things back on the right track will have to wait.
Morrison (15-8) dropped his debut with the promotion against former WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown at WEC 46, who is also scheduled to fight on the WEC 48 card. Morrison, with a rather unimpressive record, was looking to grab a bit of job security with a win over Semerzier, but will now have to wait and see if a last minute replacement can be found.
However, if a replacement cannot be found in time, the featherweight match up could be scratched and moved to a future card, or the match up could be thrown out all together. Only time will tell.
WEC 48 is set for Sacramento, California’s ARCO Arena on April 24 and features a featherweight championship between hometown favorite Urijah Faber and champion Jose Aldo. In the evening’s co-main event, lightweight champion Benson Henderson will defend his newly unified title against Donald Cerrone in a rematch from WEC 43.