It's Official: Round Two for Serra/GSP

Written by Tom Ngo
January 4th, 2008

After much speculation, Matt Serra confirmed late Friday night that he will take on Georges St-Pierre at UFC 83 to unify the Welterweight Belt.  UFC 83 will be the organization’s first promotion in the home country of St-Pierre, after many pleas by the former champion to have an event held there.  St-Pierre is one of the more popular fighters in the UFC, and definitely the most popular fighter from Canada. 

Serra was initially scheduled to take on Hughes for his first title defense at UFC 79, but was forced to withdraw a month prior to the fight after herniating a disc in his lower back during a training session.  GSP was offered the fight and was more than happy to step in and take on the two time Welterweight Champion.

Serra told NBCSports.com that his back has been rapidly improving and that he is excited to be taking on St-Pierre, even though it will be right in GSP’s backyard.

Even though GSP won his match against Hughes to become the Interim 170 pound champ, he humbly accepted the belt, but refused to consider himself a Champion stating in his Octagon interview, “The real Champion is Matt Serra, and until I get my belt back (from Serra) I am not going to consider myself Champion.”

Well, it looks like he will not have to wait long for that opportunity. UFC 83 is scheduled to take place in April, coincidentally it was April of 2007 that Serra humiliated GSP in the biggest upset of 2007.  Let’s see which fighter will be April’s Fool this time.

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