Hughes and Serra Settle Grudge at UFC 98

Written by Tom Ngo
March 4th, 2009

Matt Hughes

The UFC has officially announced that former two-time UFC light heavyweight champion Matt Hughes and his bitter rival Matt Serra will finally get to settle their differences at UFC 98.

Hughes has been recovering from a left knee injury he suffered in his loss to Thiago Alves at UFC 85 back in June.

It was initially thought that Hughes would require surgery on his knee, which would have sidelined him for over six months. However after several X-Rays and MRIs, doctors discovered that surgery would not be needed.

Serra hasn’t fought since he lost his title to reigning champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 83 last April.

The feud between the two started when Serra was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 and Hughes showed up as a special guest trainer.  Serra didn’t like Hughes’ smug attitude and Hughes didn’t appreciate Serra’s large New York mouth.

They were initially scheduled to face off at UFC 79 for Serra’s title, however a back injury forced Serra to pull out at the last minute.

The May 23rd event will be taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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