White nixed talk of Serra vs. Hughes rematch

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Matt Hughes was the UFC welterweight champion from 2001 to 2007. Even after losing his title to Georges St-Pierre, Hughes beat Matt Serra, then Serra’s instructor Renzo Gracie, and then Serra’s fellow Renzo Gracie black belt Ricardo Almeida. The UFC Hall of Famer is currently Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations for the UFC.

Matt Serra is the former UFC welterweight champion, having beaten GSP in 2007 in what is widely considered to be the greatest upset in UFC history. He currently runs two remarkably successful BJJ academies in his native Long Island, NY.

Serra hasn’t had fight since 2010, and Hughes since 2011, but the pair appear to have talked themselves into a fight. It started when a fan on Twitter suggested a demonstration at the UFC Fan Expo.

HUGHESvsSERRA2 ?@AmberLMatthews
Friendly exhibition 3 rd match up during @ufcfanexpo July 2014 @matthughes9x vs @MattSerraUFC I dig this idea @danawhite whatcha think?!

Matt Serra ?@MattSerraUFC
@AmberLMatthews @ @matthughes9x if I’m gonna go thru camp to compete vs Hughes I’d be interested in a mma fight, sorry I’d wanna hit him

Matt Hughes ?@matthughes9x
@MattSerraUFC @AmberLMatthews you better want to loose some weight first.

Matt Serra ?@MattSerraUFC
@matthughes9x @AmberLMatthews haha yeah bro I’d put down the pasta for a chance to smack u again. Prob need a 5 month camp but would love 2!

Matt Hughes ?@matthughes9x 57m
@MattSerraUFC @AmberLMatthews talk to DW. If he says yes then I’m in.

Hughes won a unanimous decision when the pair fought in 2009, but the fight does not look like it is going to happen.

“I get it, they don’t like each other,” said White on Thursday. “It’s not even a sideshow. Both great competitors, great champions. Matt Hughes is a guy who helped us build this thing, as did Serra. Serra was always a great guy to us. But this doesn’t need to happen… Where are they going to fight, super heavyweight?”