11.25.2007 - 5:14:00 PM -
UFC 79: Hughes vs GSP III
Matt Hughes (41-5 MMA, 15-3 UFC) broke the news yesterday that he was going to be fighting George St. Pierre (14-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at UFC 79 for the interim title:
I'm going to fight Georges St. Pierre on December 29th. I've got a couple reasons why I've made this decision and I will share those at a later time. I've asked for this to be for an interim title and if Matt Serra can't fight in a year, then this would just be the title fight; but I don't know if that is going to happen right now. I will keep you all posted. -Matt
EDIT: This WILL BE for the interim title, so it will be a 5-round fight. -Matt
In the UFC, when one door closes, another opens, and on December 29th, that adage will ring true once against when Matt Hughes battles Georges St-Pierre for the interim UFC Welterweight Championship in the main event of UFC 79: Nemesis, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
St-Pierre replaces UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra, who was forced to withdraw from his bout with Hughes last week due to a herniated disc in his back.
I wasn't expecting this to come out of Serra's withdrawal. I don't think that Serra's a slouch by any means but on paper this is a much better match up. The UFC has stepped up in a big way with this matchup. The UFC brass could have easily selected an insequential fight to the undercard and just left it as is. Instead we get to see an interim title fight against two of the best fighters in the game right now. I was completely disappointed when I found out Serra had to pull out with all the TUF 6 hype leading up to the event but when they announced Hughes vs GSP III you really have to give credit to Hughes, GSP and the UFC where credit is due.
11.23.2007 - 3:57:00 PM -
Matt Serra injured; withdraws from UFC 79
The UFC announced today that Matt Serra had to withdraw from his Welterweight Championship fight with Matt Hughes at UFC 79 due to an injury. Serra sustained an injury to his back after a Jiu Jitsu seminar where he was demonstrating a move and fell to ground in excruciating pain.
After going to the hospital and having an MRI they found out that Serra had suffered a herniated disk. Serra has this to say about the injury:
"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 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."
Now I know that this isn't Matt Serra's fault but the fucking 170 lb. division has been frozen for 6 god damn months now because of this whole TUF 6 Serra vs Hughes thing and now it's not even going to happen. Well it may but then we'll put the welterweight division on freeze again for another 3 or 4 months. This not only effects Serra and Hughes but it also fucks over GSP, Fitch, Parisyan and all the other 170 lbers out there waiting for there chance.
The other bad thing for the UFC is that they could potentially have back to back PPV broadcasts without title fights. Now I don't really have shit else to do but we should be seeing some damn title defenses. I understand that Chuck vs Wandy is a big fight and definitely Main Event worthy but both are coming off 2 losses and I just have a bad feeling we're seeing the Iceman on a downward slope. I think this fight will probably end up being a little quicker than most think.
The article makes no mention of a replacement match or what's next for Hughes now. I'd bet they'd add another fight but it'll be an under card fight.
As of now, Matt Serra is out of the fight because of a herniated disc in his lower back. I believe Serra is actually hurt, so I don't think this is just a ploy not to fight. Before my Royce fight, I had three bulged discs that I was able to repair enough to fight. As everybody knows you never go into a fight 100%. So, I'm just going to continue to train until I find out what's next. -Matt
11.15.2007 - 12:31:00 PM -
UFC 79: Sokoudjou vs Lyoto Machida official
UFC.com officially announced that Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou has signed with the UFC and will make his octagon debut at UFC 79: Nemesis against Lyoto Machida.
Sokoudjou came out of no where earlier this year KOing Antonio Rogerio Noguiera and Ricardo Arona for PRIDE. Since the UFC acquired PRIDE his status has been in limbo. It was originally thought that he would sign with EliteXC but after that fell through he was rumored to be looking into K-1. The last I heard he was going to sign with them up until earlier this week rumors circulated that he made the decision to fight in the UFC. UFC.com officially made the announcement today.
Here's the rumored fight card so far:
Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes (for welterweight title)
10.17.2007 - 1:26:00 PM -
UFC 79: Nemesis Officially Announced
The UFC has officially announced UFC 79: Nemesis. The event is set to take place December 29th, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. This event will air live on PPV.
The only officially announced fight will be a battle of The Ultimate Fighter Season 6 coaches Matt Serra and Matt Hughes. Hughes and Serra don't really like each other, the name Nemesis is very fitting for this event.
Rumors have also been circulating we could possibly see the fan's dream matchup of Chuck Liddell takeing on Wanderlei Silva.
Champion Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes (for welterweight title) Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva Rich Clementi vs. Melvin Guillard Dean Lister vs. Jordan Radev Roan Carneiro vs. Tony DeSouza Doug Evans vs. TBA