Matt Serra

Matt Serra to Appear at Wizard World Convention in Philadelphia

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Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra will be in attendance at this weekend’s “Wizard World Philadelphia” event, a comics and pop culture convention set for June 19-21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Serra is scheduled to meet fans, sign autographs and give a sneak peek at his Round 5 figurine, which is scheduled for release in late July/early August. Serra will be on site at Wizard World on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Other fighters joining Serra as part of Round 5’s “Series 4” figure release are Dan Henderson, Cung Le, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Additional celebrities slated to be attendance include professional wrestling personalities Tracy Brooks, Demolition, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Actors of note will include Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner), Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3), and Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk).

Video: Verbal Battle Continues Between Hughes, Serra

In the above video, former UFC welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra continue their war of words leading up to their anticipated grudge match at this weekend’s UFC 98 event, which will take place Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Quote of the Day: Serra Considering Retirement?

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“I’m putting a lot on this fight. I want that notch in my belt. In the future there are guys like GSP and Matt Hughes, who I’m sure are going to be hall-of-famers. If I get Matt Hughes under my belt and take care of him, even if I would not be considered one of the best ever, I’d have some victories over some guys who will be. I can live with that. I just want to take care of Matt Hughes, and then the only thing for sure is that I’m going to have some pizza and pasta because I haven’t had any in three months. But after that, we’ll see what’s up.”

— Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra discusses his upcoming fight against longtime rival Matt Hughes at UFC 98, which could actually end up being his last according to comments of his published earlier today by MMA Junkie.

A loss to Hughes would knock Serra completely out of welterweight title contention following his one-sided loss to Georges St. Pierre last spring in Montreal. While he could likely become an immediate force in the UFC’s lightweight division, Serra has stated that he wants to remain at 170 lbs. How much longer he’ll be able to do so, at least at a competitive level, remains to be seen.

Matt Serra’s UFC 98 Video Blog: Day One

Here’s the first edition of former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra’s video blog for UFC 98, which will chronicle the days leading up to his fight against Matt Hughes on May 23. I have no idea if this thing is going to run for that long, but it should be interesting nonetheless.

Serra Wrestling to Keep Hughes Fight Standing

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The long-awaited grudge match between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra is finally upon us. In less than three weeks, the two coaches from the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show will finally clash, over a year and a half since they were originally scheduled to.

Earlier in his career, Serra may have been keen on letting a fight against Hughes to the ground for the chance to submit him. After showing off his heavy hands in one of MMA’s biggest upsets to date over Georges St. Pierre two years ago, Serra is now training in wrestling more than ever in order to keep his showdown with a fellow former welterweight champion on the feet:

As a relatively small 170-pounder, Serra, 9-5, has relied on conditioning, jiu-jitsu and an underrated standup game. Against Hughes, he’ll need to stay on his feet, and Longo says that’s exactly what they’ve been working on.

“We’ve been in training camp about two months now. At first, we just worked on conditioning. He feels great, and his back feels great,” Longo said. “That was (originally) a concern. Between that, he’s doing a lot of sparring and a lot of wrestling. He’s doing more wrestling than I’ve ever seen him do.”

It’s hard to believe Serra will be able to prevent Hughes from taking him down no matter how hard he’s working right now. The ability to wrestle doesn’t exactly come overnight. Serra was taken down at will by GSP in their rematch, but St. Pierre has morphed into one of the best wrestlers in the sport. Chris Lytle and Karo Parisyan were both able to take Serra down multiple times in his two professional fights prior to GSP and neither of them are known for their wrestling.

Even against a Hughes that is a shell of his former self, the only way I see Serra winning this fight is if Hughes opts to keep it on the feet as he’ll be able to dictate where the fight goes throughout. Unfortunately for Serra, all signs point to Hughes returning to his old, effective strategy of the past - dishing out some relentless ground-and-pound. It’s a style that Serra hasn’t been too effective against.

Henderson, Shogun, Serra, and Cung Le Join Round 5 Summer Release

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MARKHAM, ONTARIO, CANADA – Four of the most popular and accomplished champions in mixed martial arts, Dan Henderson, Cung Le, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Matt Serra, have partnered with Round 5, the leading producer of MMA collectibles, to create figurines that will be included in an expanded Series 4, it was announced today by Barron Lau, Round 5 CEO and co-founder and Damon Lau, president and co-founder. The series, scheduled to be available at retail in July in time for UFC 100, will include the four plus fellow superstars Fedor Emelianenko and Gina Carano.

Round 5 also confirmed today that Series 3, which features Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski, “Big John” McCarthy, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, will be in stores across North America and at online outlets including in late May, about a month behind its original schedule.

“With six figurines, Series 4 will be our largest issuance to date,” said Damon Lau.  “Adding four more of the biggest names in the sport – with wide fan bases – to what began as an already stacked set is huge for Round 5 and a great opportunity for fans to quickly add to their collections.”

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Hughes-Serra Could Happen in April

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The long awaited grudge match between former UFC welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra has been put off for almost a year now due to separate injuries to both fighters. However with all parties still willing to make the fight happen, we may be seeing the anticipated bout early next year.

In a recent blog post on his official website, Hughes stated that he had spoken to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva regarding a potential date for the fight. According to Silva, Hughes and Serra may be pitting against each other at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event in April 2009.

“This week, I talked to Joe Silva at the UFC and a possible date for Serra and I is in April,” Hughes said in the blog post. “I don’t know the exact date right now or venue. So, that is something that I can look forward to and I can set my training up for that schedule.

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Hometown Hero: St. Pierre Stops Serra in Montreal

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One year removed from his original upset loss to Matt Serra, Georges St. Pierre was finally able to avenge the defeat, dominating Serra on the mat over two rounds en route to regaining his UFC welterweight title in UFC 83’s historic main event.

The raucous crowd packed inside Montreal, Quebec’s Bell Centre saw St. Pierre surprise many in the opening seconds of the fight as he opted to take Serra down. After being on the receiving end of an array of strikes, Serra eventually worked his way back to his feet before finding himself on his back once again.

Any chances for another first-round Serra knockout were spoiled in a big way. With a mouse forming under Serra’s right eye, the Long Island native came out from his corner looking to throw down at the start of the second round. St. Pierre unfortunately had a different idea.

St. Pierre scored yet another early takedown. Serra mounted a bit of offense once the fight hit the feet, connecting with a head kick. However with fatigue setting in, Serra was unable to capitalize, allowing St. Pierre to land a handful of stiff jabs before shooting in for a takedown.

Once on the mat, St. Pierre unleashed a barrage of unanswered punches and knees to the body that forced Serra to cover up and referee Yves Lavigne to ultimately stop the fight, handing St. Pierre the title that he likely should have never lost in the first place.

“My strategy going in was to make it a physical fight,” St. Pierre said in his post-fight interview with Kenny Florian, who filled in for usual color commentator Joe Rogan. “I wanted to make him tired as much as I could because I know have the conditioning. I was trying to mix it up as much as I could.”

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UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II Weigh-In Results

Matt Serra and Georges St. Pierre pose at the pre-fight press conference for UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II show are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event will be headlined by current welterweight champions Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra unifying their belts in a main event rematch of their fight at UFC 69: Shootout last year, where Serra stopped St. Pierre with strikes to win the UFC welterweight title.

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will also be in action, taking on the middleweight winner of the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter, Travis Lutter. Additional main card bouts include Nate Quarry vs. Kalib Starnes, Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy, and Mac Danzig vs. Mark Bocek.

Main Card:

Matt Serra (169.5 lbs) vs. Georges St. Pierre (169.5 lbs)
Rich Franklin (185.5 lbs) vs. Travis Lutter (185 lbs)
Nate Quarry (185.5 lbs) vs. Kalib Starnes (186 lbs)
Michael Bisping (185.5 lbs) vs. Charles McCarthy (186 lbs)
Mac Danzig (154.5 lbs) vs. Mark Bocek (154.5 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Joe Doerksen (184.5 lbs)
Sam Stout (155.5 lbs) vs. Rich Clementi (155 lbs)
Ed Herman (185.5 lbs) vs. Demian Maia (184.5 lbs)
Jonathan Goulet (169.5 lbs) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (170 lbs)
Alan Belcher (185 lbs) vs. Jason Day (183.5 lbs)
Cain Velasquez (235.5 lbs) vs. Brad Morris (225.5 lbs)

Screenshots from this afternoon’s weigh-ins featuring St. Pierre and Serra are after the jump, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.

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Serra Ready to Enter Hostile Territory

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Matt Serra did it once and he’ll attempt to do it again.

One year removed from the last time he shocked the world by upsetting Georges St. Pierre and becoming the first alumnus of “The Ultimate Fighter” to win a title in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Serra will face St. Pierre for the second time in his first title defense after coming back from injury.

However Serra’s chance to quiet those who claim his previous win over St. Pierre was a fluke will come in a different arena this time, St. Pierre’s hometown of Montreal.

“I don’t expect to get cheered walking to the Octagon. It’s fine,” Serra said during a recent conference call with the media. “I think I’m finally going to feel what Tim Sylvia feels everytime he goes anywhere to fight. People say this is going to be like Rocky IV and I’d say it’s kind of like that. I’m into movies like that but at the end of the day it’s me and Georges in the cage and no one else.”

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