Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra hasn’t been in the Octagon since UFC 119 when he lost to Chris Lytle by decision, but Serra isn’t necessarily done with fighting. Of course, whether or not Serra straps on his four-ounce gloves again, he will still have his very successful brazilian jiu jitsu schools. Still, if he comes back, who does Serra want to fight in his final ruckus inside the cage?
“Well, I guess I’m not fighting Matt Hughes,” Serra said to Rebellion Media, referring to Hughes’ recent retirement and new job announcement with the UFC. “It’s very possible I had my last days in the Octagon, but there was talks about Sean Sherk. He has been injured and out as long as I have I think.”
After a sixteen-month layoff, Sherk also fought at UFC 119 in a winning effort against Evan Dunham. However, injuries have plagued the lightweight ever since.
“I read an interview he did of him talking about how we both came got to the UFC in 2000 or 2001, we both fought in the two weight classes, and we are both close to the same size and height. He sold me on it, I reached out to him,” Serra continued.
With his glory days behind him, the brash New Yorker has no problem admitting its harder to get geared up for fights now that he is settled in his fighting career and family.
“See, it comes down to motivation,” Serra explained. “When you get set and relaxed, and you think of fighting some young buck looking to make a name off of you. It doesn’t get my nipples hard, you know? A Matt Hughes or a Sean Sherk, that’s one thing, but these new guys are tough as sh*t and what’s the upside? I fought a lot of tough people.”
“Every fight I have I want it to sound like a comic book, like Frank Trigg. We came up together, and we hated each other. That’s exciting,” Serra concluded, adding one more hint and who is really on his mind. “Maybe Sherk, I really like that fight.”
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