Matt Serra sustained a debilitating back injury last week that will keep him from facing Matt Hughes at UFC 79 on December 29. Serra recently spoke with Damon Martin of MMAWeekly to discuss the situation in more detail.
Serra On How The Injury Occurred:
Everything was going great. 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 night time 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.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. Nobody wants to hear anything after the fight. ‘Oh yeah, but I was injured.’ Nobody wants to hear that crap. I’ve never had to do that before. It sucks not being able to fight. What sucks even worse is that it was with (Matt) Hughes.
What’s really depressing is it was going so well, the training. That day of rolling, I go ‘I’ve got another month of doing this? Dude, I’m going to get him.’ So confident, so eager, just looking forward to it.
Serra On The “Interim” Title Fight Between Matt Hughes And Georges St. Pierre:
I think that’s probably the only way they take that fight. Dana (White) called me personally and he told me first. I don’t want to get mad at anybody. If they want to do that and do it champion vs. champion and whatever, they want to run with it, that’s cool. Let them do that, I could care less.
Serra On Hughes Comments About GSP Being The Tougher Opponent:
I almost don’t want to say anything because chances are GSP’s going to beat his ass again, like worse than the first time, and I’m fighting GSP and not him. I’d rather fight Matt for more than one reason.
Serra On Whether He’ll Be Back Or Not:
I’m positive I’ll be back.