Former UFC welterweight Matt Serra was spotted at UFC 133 this past weekend supporting his student, middleweight Constantino Philippou. After Philippou scored a split decision win over opponent Jorge Rivera, Serra was seen walking backstage grinning from ear to ear.
Matt “The Terror” Serra last fought at UFC 119 last September, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Chris Lytle. Since then, Serra has been quietly off the radar, causing some to speculate about the fighter’s future. Serra, 12-year veteran of the sport and one of only two men to have defeated UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, was reportedly much heavier than his usual fighting weight.
Even UFC President Dana White took the opportunity to poke fun at the more rotund Serra, saying, “I don’t know if he’s retired, but he’s definitely up seven weight divisions.
“I’m just kidding,” he quickly noted. “I love Matt Serra. He’s been around a long time. He’s one of the best guys in this sport personally and professionally.”
As for Serra’s future in the Octagon, White remained uncertain.
“I don’t know,” admitted White. “He’s loving living his life right now. This guy’s got a ton of successful schools all over New York and has made a lot of money in the UFC. He just had a baby. You want to talk about people that gain weight when they’re happy, he’s really [expletive] happy right now — really happy.”