This fighter is currently serving a suspension by an ABC-recognized athletic commission (IGC, Indiana)
Pro Record: 10-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Team: Serra/Longo Competition Team
Age: 41
Sex: Male
Height: 5 Feet. 6 Inch(es).
Weight: 170 lbs.
Out of: East Meadow, NY
Born: East Meadow, NY
Matt "The Terror" Serra is an American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and mixed martial artist. Serra began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie and, on May 23, 2000, was awarded his black belt, the first American to do so under Gracie. Serra won the Ultimate Fighter 4 Welterweight Tournament Championship and then defeated Georges "Rush" St. Pierre on April 7, 2007 for the UFC Welterweight Championship in what many considered a surprising upset. On April 19, 2008, in a rematch to determine the undisputed welterweight championship, Serra lost to St. Pierre via TKO. Serra also has impressive grappling credentials, including being an ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Silver Medalist and a Pan-American Championship Gold Medalist. Serra and his brother, Nick, run two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools.

Matt Serra's Professional Record

Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
09/25/2010 Loss Chris Lytle UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop Decision Unanimous Decision 3
02/06/2010 Win Frank Trigg UFC 109: Randy Couture vs Mark Coleman TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 1 2:23
05/23/2009 Loss Matt Hughes UFC 98: Evans vs Machida Decision Unanimous Decision 3
04/19/2008 Loss Georges St-Pierre UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2 TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 2 4:45 Title Fight
04/07/2007 Win Georges St-Pierre UFC 69: Shootout TKO/RSC 1 3:25 Title Fight
11/11/2006 Win Chris Lytle UFC: The Ultimate Fighter Season 4 Finale Decision Split Decision 3 Title Fight
* 06/26/2006 Win Shonie Carter UFC: The Ultimate Fighter Season 4 Decision Unanimous Decision 0
* 06/16/2006 Win Pete Spratt UFC: The Ultimate Fighter Season 4 Submission Strikes 1 3:29
06/04/2005 Loss Karo Parisyan UFC 53: Heavy Hitters Decision Unanimous Decision 3
06/19/2004 Win Ivan Menjivar UFC 48: Payback Decision Unanimous Decision 3
01/31/2004 Win Jeff Curran UFC 46: Super Natural Decision Unanimous Decision 3
02/28/2003 Loss Din Thomas UFC 41: Onslaught Decision Split Decision 3
NSF 09/27/2002 Loss BJ Penn UFC 39: The Warriors Return Decision Unanimous Decision 3
03/22/2002 Win Kelly Dullanty UFC 36: Worlds Collide Submission Triangle Choke 1 2:58
NSF 09/28/2001 Win Yves Edwards UFC 33: Victory in Vegas Decision Majority Decision 3
05/04/2001 Loss Shonie Carter UFC 31: Locked and Loaded KO Spinning Backfist 3 4:51
NSF 02/24/2001 Win Greg Melisi Vengeance at the Vanderbilt 11 Submission Arm Bar 1 0:46
NSF 01/29/2000 Win Jeff Telvi Vengeance at the Vanderbilt 7 Submission Guillotine Choke 1 0:30
NSF 08/21/1999 Win Graham Lewis Vengeance at the Vanderbilt Submission Arm Bar 1 1:04

Matt Serra's Amateur Record

Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
NSF 04/07/1999 Win Schott Schultz Clash at the Copa Submission Arm Bar 1 3:04
: Bout results verified by an official State, Tribal, Provincial, or Municipal Commission.
NSF: Non Sanctioned Fight
* : For a variety of reasons, including weight disparity and the demands of entertainment, Exhibition Bouts are held, in which the contest is unscripted and hard fought, but the results do not count on a fighter's Official Record.
NC: Fight Declared No Contest

Fighter Bio


Matthew John Serra (born June 2, 1974 in East Meadow, New York) is a United States based Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and mixed martial artist, known for winning several martial arts championships. He is the current UFC Welterweight Champion, after an upset victory over Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69 in 2007. He began practicing martia arts at an early age, first studying kung fu. In the 1990s, he began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie and on May 23, 2000 was awarded his black belt, the first American to do so under Renzo Gracie.

As a purple belt, Serra won first place at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan American games in 1999. Serra won third place at the 1999 World Championships in Brazil as a brown belt. Continuing his Martial Arts career, he competed in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship.

Matt Serra runs two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gyms with his younger brother Nick Serra located in East Meadow, New York and Huntington, New York.

With Ray Longo, Matt trains fighters, including Pete Sell, Joe Scarola and Luke Cummo. They fight under the Serra/Longo Competition Team.

Matt was a participant in The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback on SpikeTV. On November 11, 2006, Serra won a bout with Chris Lytle to become the Ultimate Fighter 4 Welterweight Tournament Champion. Serra won via a split decision victory. His win earned him a guaranteed title shot against Georges St. Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship, as well as a $100,000 contract and $100,000 sponsorship with Xyience.

Serra was scheduled to challenge St. Pierre on February 3, 2007 at UFC 67, but a knee injury caused St. Pierre, the reigning champion, to withdraw. On April 7, 2007, Serra defeated St. Pierre via TKO at 3:25 of the first round to earn the UFC Welterweight championship. Prior to the fight, Serra was considered a substantial underdog.

Serra will be coaching season 6 of The Ultimate Fighter reality show with Matt Hughes.