This Wednesday evening, WEC featherweights Mackens Semerzier and Javier Vazquez will face off in an attempt to climb the ever-deepening 145 pound ranks. Vazquez, who recently snapped a two fight losing streak (to Deividas Taurosevicius and LC Davis) by submitting aging former champion Jens Pulver, recently spoke with Sherdog.com to discuss what expects from his upcoming bout against the Virginia Beach-stationed fighter.
“(Wednesday’s fight) is going to look very old-fashioned,” said Vazquez. “It’s going to look a lot like a Javier Vazquez fight. I’m going to hit him, he’s going to hit me. I’m going to take him down, get a guard pass, mount him, he’ll turn his back and I turn him back to mount and then there’s going to be an armbar submission.”
Vazquez, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, is apparently not getting shaken by the fact that Semerzier submitted highly-regarded grappler Wagnney Fabiano in the first round of his WEC debut, a fight which Sherdog named the Upset of the Year for 2009. Vazquez believes that anything can happen in the world of MMA and that he possesses the skills to not only defeat Semerzier, but to make a run for the featherweight title.
“I know that people are skeptical, but I want to make a title run,” said Vazquez. “I feel like I can do that and be one of the top fighters in the world. I know I can do that. I know I can beat the top guys. Anybody who’s in the WEC is tough and anybody can beat anybody on any given night and I’m just the guy to do it. I’m tough to take down, tough to hit and tough to submit. I have good standup, good wrestling and good top control. I’ve got every aspect of a world-class fighter and every aspect of being an elite fighter.”
Vazquez and Semerzier, who share a loss to a common opponent in Taurosevicius, will square off in the preliminary card portion of tomorrow night’s WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez card, which will air live on the Versus network from the Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.