Serra Injured, Off UFC 79 Card
- 11-23-2007, 04:41 AM
Serra Injured, Off UFC 79 Card
Serra Injured, Withdraws From UFC 79 Card
UFC President Dana White announced Thursday
that Matt Serra will have to withdraw from the UFC 79 card due to an injury he suffered after his training earlier this week.
The current UFC welterweight champion, who was scheduled to fight Matt Hughes at UFC 79, suffered a herniated disc in his lower back on Monday following a routine training session in his Long Island gym.
“This is devastating news because they were so looking forward to fighting each other, said White.
“Unfortunately injuries happen and I look forward to Serra recovering quickly, and to getting him back into the Octagon.”
Serra had just finished a Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling training session and was demonstrating a move when he became gripped with pain and fell to the floor. Serra went to the hospital and underwent an MRI, which revealed the herniated discs in his lower back.
“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” said Serra. “I’ve never had a back injury before; I could hardly get off of the MRI table. There is no way I can train through this, and I’m devastated, especially because this was such an important fight. I was looking forward to fighting Matt Hughes. All my training was going phenomenally until Monday – All I can do now is to get better and to fight again as soon as possible.”
So who will be the replacement? Anyone think an interim belt fight will be set up?
- 11-23-2007, 07:34 AM
I dont think you can have an interim from an injury. If so, make it GSP v. Hughes 3 so Hughes will finally STFU
11-23-2007, 11:11 AM
This is such garbage. They made us wait so long for Serra to defend his title, and now this happens.
11-23-2007, 11:19 AM
This is a good time for GSP/Hughes III. They need a 2nd marquee match for this card and this fight lines up perfectly. There is still 5 weeks until the fight, which is a decent amount of time to prepare.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
11-23-2007, 11:46 AM
11-23-2007, 12:20 PM
Lord I ****ing hate Matt Serra. This unfortunately delays the beating GSP will eventually lay upon him.
11-23-2007, 12:21 PM
11-23-2007, 01:33 PM
11-23-2007, 01:37 PM
11-23-2007, 01:53 PM
especially herniated discs like that. I hope this does not effect his ability to fight down the line
11-23-2007, 05:03 PM
nah they should give some else a go at hughes like fricken karo or something mix it up alittle.
im just getting sick of huges and GSP there just getting old
11-23-2007, 05:06 PM
11-23-2007, 05:34 PM
This sucks!! I was hoping for Hughes to wear the belt before losing it to GSP! Either way I don't see Serra wearing it much longer.
11-23-2007, 06:20 PM
11-23-2007, 06:24 PM
Hughes/GSP III is going to happen it is just a matter of when. It will be a rubber match and it needs to happen very soon, especially since Hughes has maybe 3 fights left in him. I dislike Matt Hughes, but he needs to settle the series with both GSP and Penn.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
11-23-2007, 06:28 PM
According to mmanews.com the replacement will be either Fitch or Alves. I would like to see Fitch beat Hughes, then GSP would most likely beat Fitch, by that time Serra should be ready to fight. Then we have Serra/GSP II, where Serra will get mauled IMO.
11-23-2007, 06:39 PM
11-23-2007, 06:45 PM
11-23-2007, 06:49 PM
Well, I despise, truly despise Matt Serra, with a burning intensity not much unlike the burning intensity Jas experience when he urinates. However, I wish him a full recovery that he might be destroyed by GSP in malicious retribution at a later date.
11-23-2007, 06:50 PM
11-23-2007, 07:30 PM
I do not discredit him. He has payed his dues to a greater degree than many of the other top fighters. However, to I feel he is a top-teir WW? No. I do not think it is discrediting to say GSP will dominate their next match-up. Even with the loss to Serra, I would say that as it pertains to GSP and most WW.
11-23-2007, 07:38 PM
11-23-2007, 07:44 PM
11-23-2007, 07:51 PM
11-23-2007, 08:01 PM
11-23-2007, 08:03 PM
11-23-2007, 09:17 PM
I see Fitch controlling Hughes. Hughes is much better at finishing/punishing from the top, but I don't think he'll gain that position against Fitch. As you said, GSP is the king in waiting. Serra is good, but he'll get overpowered by any of the 3 fighters mentioned. I'd like to see how Shields would do in the UFC. The only guy I see beating him is kermit the backwards talking canadian frog.
11-23-2007, 09:19 PM
11-24-2007, 12:58 PM
i see it as who ever fights hughes next and just tottaly beats him down, the dude will retire, he says hes got 3fights left in him from that one episode on TUF, but i see it as if he doesnt get offered a tittle shot whats the use of sticking around espically of someone like fitch comes in and just give it to him, i mean come on
11-24-2007, 02:08 PM
Fitch isn't taking the fight, he'll be out of the country at the time? So it looks like it'll be Alves or nothing. I wouldn't mind seeing Alves/Hughes, Thiago is no slouch.
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