UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra (Pictures) will get a chance to validate his upset over Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) when he fights the Quebecer in Montreal this April.
Serra, forced out a Dec. 29 title defense against Matt Hughes (Pictures) when he herniated a disk, confirmed the rematch to NBCsports.com and said his bad back has been "rapidly improving." The 26-year-old St. Pierre replaced Serra (9-4) on the UFC 79 card, winning the interim title via armbar submission over Hughes. Afterwards, St. Pierre said he wouldn't consider himself UFC champion again until he defeated Serra.
A heavy underdog, Serra, 33, captured the UFC 170-pound championship with a stunning first-round stoppage of St. Pierre (15-2) in Houston, Texas, last April. The Long Island, New Yorker earned his shot after winning Season 4 of "The Ultimate Fighter."
Serra-St. Pierre tops the first UFC in Canada, which is expected to take place April 19 at the Bell Centre.