Right now, the occupation of professional cage fighter in the UFC is one of the most unsecure jobs in America. In the wake of 3 more announced cuts of Ultimate Fighter runner-up Tommy Speer, American Top Teamâ€™s Din Thomas, and shooto veteran Kuniyoshi Hironaka, there is speculation that former welterweight champion Matt Serra could be the next in line to clean out his locker.
In an interview with Percy Crawford from Fight Hype, recently-release middleweight Travis Lutter talks about Serra and the possibility that he may be cut from the UFC roster. Lutter is just one of many fighters that have been cut by the UFC in the past month and seemed to be in a good position in the 185-pound weight class even after losing 2 straight bouts to Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin. In both of those fights Lutter actually had the upper hand at one point, having Silva mounted and sinking in an armbar against Franklin.
â€œI would guess that Serra will have a similar fate as me if he loses the Matt Hughes fight.â€
Hughes recently stated on his website that no matter the results of the upcoming Thiago Alves fight June 7th in England he will be fighting Matt Serra next. Serra and Hughes have a heated rivalry that was on display during their tenure as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter reality show’s sixth season and the fight is anticipated to be one of the last of Matt Hughesâ€™ hall of fame career.
Serra dropped the welterweight title to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 83 in front of a record crowd in the main event of the first-ever Canadian UFC event. Serra is not expected to fight against between now and the Hughes fight and is at risk of being dropped by the UFC should he loseÂ back-to-back bouts inside the octagon.