UFC welterweights Frank Trigg and Matt Serra may be reaching the twilight portion of their careers but neither fighter has had difficulty finding motivation for their upcoming bout together on Feb. 6th at UFC 109. The match-up pits two welterweights that have more in common with one another than either one would like to admit. Both are in the late half of their thirties, have UFC careers on life-support, coming off losses, had memorable battles with two of the divisions elites, and neither are strangers to hyping a fight with verbal strikes.
“Frank is a dangerous guy. He’s an exciting fighter,” Serra told Sherdog in a recent interview. “I always thought that he would be an interesting guy to fight. On top of that, he just has one of those faces that you want to punch.”
Serra (9-6) was last seen in the octagon at UFC 98 dropping a decision to Matt Hughes that was meant to end their rivalry stemming from The Ultimate Fighter Season 6. Like with most unsettling decision losses, the New Jersey native would prefer another shot at Hughes but is still intrigued by a bout with Trigg.
“Of course, I wanted Hughes again,” Serra said. “He came away with the decision in May, and myself and a lot of others disagree on that point. It was such a close fight. But it is what it is. That doesn’t take anything away from this fight. When Joe Silva called me with the Trigg fight, I said, ‘Hell yeah.’ It’s a matchup that excites me a lot.”
Serra, a former welterweight champion, is moving forward after the Hughes loss with new found excitement for his next fight. He responded to some insults directed at Serra from Trigg on his Facebook by noting, “Look, when my career is over and done with, I’m the one who can look back and say that I was the champ,” Serra said.
“He got there twice and choked both times — literally. I refuse to lose to a guy that has a [expletive] tramp stamp. You’ve seen his back, right? C’mon. No way am I losing to a guy that walks around with that.”