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UFC on Fox controversy: Peralta and Semerzier clash heads, TKO win goes to Peralta

Steve Cofield

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ANAHEIM - What a lousy way to end the best fight of the night thus far at the UFC on Fox undercard.

Robbie Peralta and Mackens Semerzier slugged away at one another for 11-plus minutes then the fighters clashed heads. It nearly knocked Semerzier out cold, he couldn't recover after a few more shots and referee John McCarthy stopped the fight to save the former Marine at the 1:54 mark of the third round in fight No. 4 at the Honda Center.

With 3:30 left in the fight, they both threw a big punch and Peralta's head smashed into Semerzier's. Semerzier flopped to his back and his arms went to the side. At first glance, it looked like he'd been nailed by a legitimate punch. The replay showed it was clearly a clash of heads.

Semerzier (6-4, 1-1 UFC) tried to push forward and grab a Peralta leg to slow down the fight. Peralta (14-3, 2-0 UFC) was relentless with 11 more shots and McCarthy had to stop it. When Semerzier rose to his feet, he was out of sorts and nearly fell forward.

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Peralta made no mention of the head clash, but he wanted to get out of there once it happened.

"When I caught him I was just trying to throw everything I had to finish him as quickly as possible. I have a baby on the way at home so I'm excited to get back after a great performance," said Peralta.{ysp:more}

When he finally regained his senses, a frustrated Semerzier punched the canvas. Peralta didn't come away unscathed from the head clash. He had a huge hematoma swelling over his left eye.

It's been a good year for Peralta, who's now beaten Semerzier, Mike Lullo and Hiroyuki Takaya in 2011.

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