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.”