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Matt Serra Ending His MMA Career, With One Possible Exception

Former UFC champion Matt Serra isn’t going to retire. Well, he’s not saying that he’s retiring, but he knows his career is likely over.

In an interview with Newsday, Serra confirmed that his fighting career is over, but held out hope for a potential bout in New York at Madison Square Garden.

“It’s hard to say it,” Serra said. “It’s like you can’t say it, even though it probably is true. I would love to put closure on my career with one last fight at the Garden, but at the same time, if that doesn’t happen, I definitely consider myself done. It’s hard to say the ‘R word.’ I might never say the ‘R word.'”

Serra recently was forced to have a rib removed that was causing him to have blood clots in his arm and lungs. The 38-year-old plans to continue teaching, but understands why fighters have a difficult time retiring from the sport.

“I really think I’m walking away,” Serra said. “I’m going to be 39, I just had my rib taken out. I’m having my third kid. My schools are doing well. What am I doing, looking for another pay day? It’s not really for that. I mean, it doesn’t stink, but it’s not really for that. Am I still trying to hold on for the glory? Glory is a drug, dude. I’m telling you, that’s the problem. It really is. I know why guys can’t walk away. I absolutely get it.”

Serra (11-7) last fought in 2010, falling to Chris Lytle via decision. Earlier that year he knocked out Frank Trigg, snapping a two-fight losing skid. His biggest career win came over Georges St-Pierre in 2007 for the UFC welterweight title.