Matt "The Terror" Serra has been given the clearance to begin his intense training for Matt Hughes. Serra had told media immediately after his fight to George St. Pierre that he had hurt his elbow during the fight at UFC 83. Serra’s trainers have recently announced that he is now ready to get back into the gym and prepare for the battle both men have eagerly been waiting for.
Hughes and Serra were the coaches of the Ultimate Fighter: Season 6 reality show. Like always, the coaches fight each other once the season comes to an end. Unfortunately, Serra suffered a severe back injury during one of his training sessions and was forced off the UFC 79:Nemesis fight card. Serra and Hughes have unfinished business they need to settle. There is still no official date on this welterweight clash, but both men are expected to fight later this year.
Here’s a snip from The Terror:
“I just got the clearance. I can start training again. I
just started getting back to it…I kind of screwed up my elbow in the GSP fight
a little bit. He took me down and I cracked him with, I believe with either the
first or second elbow I cracked him with, I did something to my ulna nerve. It
gives you a numbness up into the hand and I severely bruised a nerve. It seems
okay now…I’m getting back in shape now. I want two-and-a-half to three months
to train for that guy. I’m not losing to him. I don’t give a rat’s ass, no way.
Kill me first…We don’t like each other. We don’t like each other at all…I can’t
wait for the camp for it. I can’t wait for that fight. That’s something I’m
going to put my heart and soul into."
(props to mmaweekly.com)
The UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin event is scheduled to take place this upcoming Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Nevada. The U.S. post-independence day celebration kicks off on July 5th starting at 10pm ET.
The main event will feature Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as he will look to defend his light heavyweight belt against the Ultimate Fighter: Season 1 winner, Forrest Griffin. Each of these men were recently given the opportunity to coach a team of fighters in this season’s Ultimate Fighter 7. Now, both coaches will finally be squaring off this Saturday night to decide who will truly be the best light heavyweight fighter in the UFC.
Tonight will be the first night of the UFC 86 countdown special presentation (from ufc.com):
Now that latest Ultimate Fighter series has determined a winner, it’s
time for the coaches to get ready for their own test of skills. Go
behind-the-scenes with defending UFC Light Heavyweight title holder
Rampage Jackson and Forrest Griffin as they train in Los Angeles and
Las Vegas, respectively.
The UFC 86 countdown will be aired on June 30th at midnight tonight (12am ET) only on Spike TV. Spike TV will be re-airing this show for those who miss it or would like to see it again:
- July 2: Wednesday at 9:00am ET
- July 3: Thursday at 1:00am ET
- July 5: Saturday at 5:00pm ET
Josh "The Punk" Thomson defeated Gilbert "El Niño" Melendez on Friday night via decision after 5 rounds of non-stop battling. Thomson took home the victory and the Strikeforce lightweight title.
Also on the fight card was Bobby Southworth who managed to defeat Anthony Ruiz. Southworth took home the victory and will remain with the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship belt.
The Strikeforce event attracted less than 7,500 people to the event. During a post conference interview, Thomson states that he was extremely happy with his win but is completely disappointed with the lack of fans in attendance.
Here are the complete results for the Strikeforce: ‘Melendez vs. Thomson’ event:
- Josh Thomson defeats Gilbert Melendez via a unanimous decision. Thomson becomes the new Strikeforce lightweight champion.
- Miesha Tate defeats Elaina Maxwell via a unanimous decision
- Bobby Southworth defeats Anthony Ruiz via a unanimous decision. Southworth remains Strikeforce light heavyweight champion.
- Jeremiah Metcalf defeats Raymond Daniels via a rear-naked choke submission at 0:59 of Round 2.
- Billy Evangelista defeats Nam Phan via a split decision
- Chris Cariaso defeats Anthony Figueroa via a rear-naked choke submission at 4:34 of Round 2.
- Bobby Stack defeats Jose Palacios via a unanimous decision.
- Alexander Trivino defeats Eric Jacob via an armbar submission at 0:37 Round 1.
- Jorge Interiano defeats Travis Johnson via a TKO-doctor stoppage at 3:00 of Round 2.
- Cyrillo Padhillo defeats Jesse Jones via a unanimous decision
- Bryan Caraway defeats Alvin Cacdac via a rear-naked choke submission at 1:39 of Round 1.
(photo taken from ufc.com)
The NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) has released the
list of medical suspensions and injuries for the Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale
event that occurred this past Saturday at The Palms in Las Vegas (June 21st).
Here are the official list of suspensions and injuries:
- Evan Tanner who lost to Kendall Grove via a split decision
is suspended until August 6 and can’t have any contact until July 22nd because
of a laceration near his left eye.
- Diego Sanchez who defeated Luigi Fioravanti has been
suspended until July 22 with no contact until July 13 for precautionary
reasons. On the other hand, Luigi Fioravanti was suspended and there can be no
contact until December 19 because of a right-knee injury. According to the report, Fioravanti can be
cleared early, but only by an orthopedic doctor. His minimum suspension is up until July 22
with no contact until July 13.
- Spencer Fisher who defeated Jeremy Stephens is suspended until July 22 with no
contact until July 13.
- Matthew Riddle who defeated Dante Rivera is suspended until
December 19 due to a fifth-finger injury. However, he can be cleared early with X-rays by an orthopedic doctor. The minimum suspension he must serve is until
July 22 with no contact until July 13.
- Josh Burkman who lost to Dustin Hazelett is suspended until August 21 with no
contact until July 22.
- Marvin Eastman who lost to Drew McFedries is suspended until
Aug. 21 with no contact until August 6.
- Matt Brown who defeated Matt Arroyo is suspended until July
22 with no contact until July 13. On the other hand, Matt Arroyo is suspended
until Aug. 6 with no contact until July 22.