I have already mentioned both in my live coverage and UFC 70 results that Matt Serra and Matt Hughes would be coaching The Ultimate Fighter 6 but I think I should dedicate a post acclimating new fans to this rivalry as well as their histories in the UFC.
Matt Serra (6-4 UFC) is probably the most familiar to new UFC fans due to his shocking win over Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69 several weeks ago in a huge upset to claim the UFC Welterweight Championship. Serra made his UFC debut at UFC 31 in 2001 losing to Shonie Carter. Continuing to fight in the UFC was rather average going 4-4 until he participated on The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback winning the show with a split decision over Chris Lytle. In his first bout after the win Serra defeated GSP to become the first TUF winner to win a UFC title. After the bout it was rumored that Serra’s first title defense would be against Matt Hughes.
Hughes (15-2 UFC) is a lock for the UFC Hall of Fame holding the welterweight title on two separate occasions. His notable UFC wins include B.J. Penn, Georges St. Pierre, and Sean Sherk. Hughes is not new to The Ultimate Fighter having coached season 2 of the reality series opposite Rich Franklin. Serra too isn’t new to coaching effectively leading his team on the 4th edition of the show before winning the contract.
There appears to be some sort of rivalry between the two although they have yet to face each other. Serra has gone as far a calling Hughes a “dick” during his interview after the announcement. It appears the two will square off on the finale of the show for the welterweight title but as soon as this is confirmed I’ll be sure to pass it along.
In the mean time, be sure to check out all of the rumors for The Ultimate Fighter 6.