Matt Serra Talks About His Injury

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matt serra injured

Here is a quick quote from Matt Serra explaining how he injured his back while training for UFC 79.

“Everything was going great,” he said about training. “It was actually the UFC Countdown show. They were filming me that day. They were here for two days and the first day is when it happened.

“I wanted to work out at (Ray) Longo’s, doing the calisthenics and the pad work and at nighttime I was doing my jiu-jitsu and my wrestling. Everything went great and then they left. I was demonstrating a move. I was showing somebody something from mount and next thing you know, something felt like it clicked. I’ve never been stunned by a stun gun before, but that’s kind of what it felt like I guess.”

“My students had to help me up and I got through the shower pretty painfully. My brother had to get my socks and shoes on and then they took me home. Then, the next day, I went to the hospital, got an MRI. I’ve got two herniated discs in my lower back.”

“I gave it a few days,” Serra said. “I didn’t just call up and say it’s off.

“I’ve fought injured before, but to what extent? I can’t even get my socks and shoes on. If I go in there it’s a double-edged sword. It sucks not being able to fight. I’ve never had to do that before. What sucks even worse is that it

was with (Matt) Hughes.”


  1. steve

    November 27, 2007 at 6:14 am

    I wonder how long he will be out of training.

  2. Matt

    November 27, 2007 at 10:33 am

    The fight between Matt Hughes and GSP is a better fight anyway. Everybody, including Matt Serra knows he was going to get worked anyway.

  3. JOE

    November 27, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Actually, I think Matt Serra truly believes he can beat Matt Hughes. I'll actually go so far as to say Matt Serra is a better striker.

    I think Matt Serra's only chance in that fight would be to "catch" Hughes on the feet. I agree, I'd rather see Hughes GSP 3.

    For what it's worth though, I hope Serra is able to recover in time to keep the belt. I'd rather see him lose it in competition rather than by default, whether it be GSP or Hughes.

  4. johnnybonds67

    November 27, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    This will be a much better fight….My money has been well spent!! Can't wait to land in Vegas!! War GSP!!

  5. Morey

    November 28, 2007 at 4:29 am

    I was thinking that Serra vs. Hughes was going to be a good fight. And yeah, I can see how you can think Serra has better striking. But when I saw the two side by side on TUF, I realized just how short Serra is and how much shorter his arms are compared to Hughes. I think that could be the difference if they ever fight.

  6. tom

    November 28, 2007 at 4:34 am

    i think serra and Matt would be a good because they both r good on the ground and they r ok at striking..this GSP vs Matt is away better fight snd im so happy that serra had to pull out but i do hope to see serra vs matt

  7. Strunky

    November 28, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Serra was gonna get stomped, then the rematch. Dana's probably pissed about the lost revenue, because I dont think a non-title match between the two is a good draw. GSP is top 3 for me, and I really dislike Huges, but respect the ability. GO Georges!

  8. Tony

    November 29, 2007 at 2:34 am

    Here's the thing last year on the show I really liked Serra but he talks so much crap this year I wanted to see Hughes beat down. Which would have happened.

    I have always been a fan of Hughes. I will give Serra credit becuase he did train with the great Gracies and that is really saying something.

  9. dane drebin

    December 7, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    i think people down play serra too much hes a cool dude and i think the way he beat george was impressive… he didnt jsut catch him with a flash knock out he beat him down let him up beat him down and then finished him it was very impressive i think he is an underdog because hughes could pound him out but i think it would go the distance seeing as hughes couldnt finish lytle … i could she the possibility of serra knocking him out on the feat or catchin him with wait hes famous for his subs… serra has lost a few fights to people he should have beat but the guy ahs coem a logn way and he's still the champ… until then shut up

  10. Kendu

    February 25, 2008 at 3:49 am

    I was disappointed to learn about Serra's injury but agree that the GSP & Hughes rematch more than made up for the disappontment. I am so glad that GSP beat that arrogant Hughes silly. GSP is turly a class act.

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