Matt Serra will defend his welterweight title for the first time against Matt Hughes as the main event of a November pay-per-view event in New Jersey. The event is currently believed to be UFC 78 or UFC 79 although it will still be several months before we know the exact name of the show.
The fight was originally rumored to be the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, similar to this weekends BJ Penn vs. Jens Pulver rematch. That match was supposed to happen in December so this earlier match means the division may not be on hold for as long as we previously thought with the belt not being defended from April until November. The UFC’s light heavyweight division on the other hand will be put on the line twice between the welterweight title fights.
Plans to have the fight for free have gone out the window as the UFC seems to have opted for PPV dollars as opposed to advertising money and a larger audience the fight would have drawn if it was available for free on Spike.
Earlier this month we reported that a deal was nearly in place to bring the UFC back to the state. It now appears that a deal has likely been completed as the UFC will return to the Garden State this fall with a title fight main event. The UFC was last in the state for UFC 53 in Atlantic City in 2005.
The event is currently rumored for Newark, New Jersey at the yet-to-be-completed Prudential Center. The 18,000 arena will house the New Jersey Devils NHL franchise and the Seton Hall NCAA Menâ€™s Basketball team. It is expected to be completed in October of this year making the UFC event one of the first major events held at the venue.