Matt "The Terror" Serra (9-4-0) has been scratched off the upcoming UFC 79-Nemesis fight card due to a herniated disc he suffered this past Monday during a training session. Unfortunately, with only 1 month remaining for the UFC 79 event, Serra will have to postpone his bout with Matt Hughes (41-5-0). This match was considered one of the most anticipated welterweight fights of the year by many, but we’ll have to wait for his complete recovery if we want to see him back in action at the octagon.
Dana White wasn’t too happy with the news, but these are things that can happen in any sport. White went on to say, "This is devastating news because they were so looking forward to fighting each other…unfortunately, injuries happen, and I look forward to Serra recovering quickly and to getting him back into the octagon."
Serra was asked what he felt about the entire situation. Here’s a snip from Serra:
"This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do…I’ve never had a back injury before; I could hardly get off of the MRI
table. There is no way I can train through this, and I’m devastated,
especially because this was such an important fight. I was looking
forward to fighting Matt Hughes. All my training was going phenomenally
until Monday. All I can do now is to get better and to fight again as
soon as possible."
There was no information given as far as a replacement fight, but we’ll have everyone posted as soon as we are notified.