What's next for Matt Serra? How about Matt Hughes

Written by Tim Ngo
April 21st, 2008

Matt “The Terror” Serra did everything he could to try and survive at UFC 83. Unfortunately for him, Georges St-Pierre just didn’t let him leaving referee Yves Lavigne no choice but to step in as Serra was taking repeated knees to his side.

Serra admitted after the fight that, “We had our suspicions, but we didn’t think he’d be like that… Gunshy, but it worked for him so what can I say?”

The now former champion was right in his assessment of St-Pierre who never even gave Serra a chance to land any punches that would’ve reminded everyone of what happened at UFC 69 in Houston. Serra attempted to roll out of several bad positions while St-Pierre was in his half-guard, but all were unsuccessful as St-Pierre would just, “answer with a strike and that was pretty much the routine that was going down,” according to Serra.

What was the difference between the St-Pierre from UFC 69 to UFC 83, Serra responded by saying, “well the Georges tonight kicked my ass.”

Where does Serra go from here you ask? It’s simple; he needs to look no further than his first name. Matt Hughes was hoping that Serra would lose so that he could get his crack at his fellow TUF 6 coach. They were supposed to fight on December 29th, but a back injury sidelined Serra which gave Hughes and St-Pierre an opportunity to fight for a third time for the Interim UFC Welterweight title.

When asked about the possibility of finally getting to fight Hughes, “yeah that’s something that I’d definitely be up for,” Serra quickly responded.

Hughes posted his thoughts about the fight, as well as hisf eelings for Serra on his blog today:

“I found myself rooting for Serra at the end of the second round, I wanted him to make it to the third round. I thought if it would get to the third round GSP would decide to stand up with him and possibly knock him out. I just wanted Matt to get beat on for five rounds, not just two; but I knew the ref was about ready to stop it.”

Given that there is no love lost between these two former champions, they are sure to agree to a fight once the UFC puts a contract in front of them.  Stay tuned, this story should get interesting.

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