Welterweight rivals and former champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra are likely to headline a yet to-be-announced UFC event in April 2009, according to an entry by Hughes on his official site.
UFC executive Joe Silva confirmed the matchup with Hughes this week, though an exact date and venue have yet to be determined for the featured bout.
Hughes, who held the title for two extended periods before losing to BJ Penn and Georges St-Pierre, was originally booked to face Serra for the belt in November 2007 following Serra’s surprising upset of the then-champion St-Pierre in April of the same year. The matchup was then pushed back to UFC 79 in late-December but was ultimately scratched after Serra withdrew from the bout due to a back injury.
Hughes remained on the UFC 79 card, losing a rubber match for the interim title to St-Pierre. Serra returned in April, also losing to St-Pierre. Following another loss by Hughes, this time to Thiago Alves in the main event of UFC 85 in June, Hughes and Serra are again scheduled to meet.