Fresh off a devastating knockout win over Frank Trigg at UFC 109, former welterweight champion Matt Serra’s longtime coach, Ray Longo, wouldn’t mind a mulligan against MMA’s baddest lightweight.
“You know what I think would be a great fight and that’s only because they fought once before? I’d love to see him fight BJ Penn,” Longo told FightMagazine. “If BJ wanted to come up in weight because obviously Serra can’t get any lower. But I thought they had a great fight, I think it’s an interesting fight because BJ will stand there with him I think. And they’re both not going to go anywhere standing up now.”
Penn took a unanimous decision over Serra in a UFC 39 lightweight battle back in February 2002, however that was many moons, and pounds, ago. The Hawaiian has dominated the 155-pound weight class since re-entering it a few years back, finishing all five of his opponents en route to capturing the crown.
Serra, who will be turning 36 this June, admitted that dropping back down to the lightweight division is something that his Italian-American body can’t really handle at this stage of his career.
“It gets a little more difficult,” Serra recently told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m 35 now. Last time I made lightweight I was at least 29. It’s not just because I love the pasta, of course I love the pasta.”
Longo believes both fighters have evolved quite a bit since their first meeting eight years ago, however if it’s not Penn, he just wants to see his client end his career against the sport’s biggest names.
“Matt didn’t really have the standup when he fought him the first time and the ground thing would be exciting,” said Longo. “I think that’s a really good fight and I’d like to see Matt now stay with the marquee names and some big fights.”
Penn COULD move up to welterweight and face Serra, or they COULD meet at a catchweight, however it doesn’t make sense to move Penn around for a rematch that does nothing for him or his legacy.
Oh yeah, let’s not forget the fans – not too sure how many would want to pay to see this rematch …
Don’t worry Ray, “UFC Undisputed 2010” comes out on May 25th so you can make Penn vs. Serra II happen right in your own livingroom!