Matt Serra ready to enter hostile territory at UFC 83

Written by Tim Ngo
April 16th, 2008

Matt Serra is finally ready to defend his UFC Welterweight title against Georges St-Pierre on April 19th in Canada. After a back injury that forced him out of a fight with Matt Hughes, Serra told the media that his back is, “110%. I would never of took this fight if I felt that I couldn’t be at the level that I should be. I feel great.” As the champion, the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu trained Serra will have to enter St-Pierre’s backyard at the Bell Centre to defend his own title this Saturday on Pay-Per-View.

Some experts think that its unfair that the champion has to fight in the challengers hometown (myself included) but that hasn’t fazed Serra who said, “I have my trainers and my sparring partners boo me on a regular basis, so I’m getting ready mentally for it.”

It seems as though Serra is enjoying being the underdog again and the prospect of being booed, “I don’t expect to really get cheered walking out. I think I’m finally going to feel what Tim Sylvia feels when he fights anywhere.”

St-Pierre has been given a chance by Dana White and the UFC to redeem himself after a disastrous loss that has people questioning whether he is mentally tough enough to be a champion. St-Pierre went on the record earlier this week with MMAWeekly that the fight is going to end in 1 of 2 ways, “I will win or I will go to the hospital”.

Even though “The Terror” already owns a victory over the most dominant athlete in the UFC he understands that he must be on top of his game both mentally and physically.

“I have to be prepared and dangerous on all fronts,” Serra went on to say.

There’s no doubt that Serra is once again a huge underdog as Bodog currently has St-Pierre as a 5-to-1 favorite to win, but Serra hopes that he can do his best Rocky impression and win in hostile territory.

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