It looks as though another accomplished UFC vet is calling it quits, as after having surgery to remove one of his ribs earlier this month, Matt Serra says his fighting career is likely over. The former welterweight champ stopped short of saying he is retiring in an interview with Newsday, noting it’s “hard to say the R word”, but furthered:
“I really think I’m walking away. I’m going to be 39, I just had my rib taken out. I’m having my third kid. My schools are doing well. What am I doing, looking for another pay day? It’s not really for that. I mean, it doesn’t stink, but it’s not really for that. Am I still trying to hold on for the glory? Glory is a drug, dude. I’m telling you, that’s the problem. It really is. I know why guys can’t walk away. I absolutely get it.”
Serra sort of left the door open to one more fight, by relaying that if pro MMA gets sanctioned in New York any time soon, he would love to close his career out with “one last fight at the Garden.”
Serra required surgery after it was reportedly discovered that the fighter had blood clots in his arm and lungs. The renowned jiu-jitsu specialist had to have his rib removed as a result of complications arising from the clots. The Long Island fighter has to inject himself with anticoagulents every day now for the next three months.
So, sadly, it looks as though Serra’s fighting days are probably over. “The Terror” hasn’t competed since September, 2010 when he dropped a unanimous decision loss to Chris Lytle. Prior to that he quickly put away Frank Trigg with strikes at UFC 109.
Of course, Serra is best remembered for his shocking, first round stoppage of Georges St. Pierre in April, 2007. The MMA world only recently returned to its normal axis. The charismatic fighter made his pro debut in 2008. What a great career.
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