Report: Matt Serra Likely “Walking Away” From MMA Career
The storied fighting career of Matt Serra is likely over, as the former UFC welterweight champ has revealed that after having a rib removed earlier this month, he likely won’t compete in the Octagon again.
In an interview with Newsday’s Long Island outlet, Serra stated “I really think I’m walking away,” and that further,”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.”
Serra had to have his rib removed due to complications that arose from blood clots that were discovered in his arm and lungs.
The decorated grappler, who hasn’t competed since September, 2010 when he lost by unanimous decision to Chris Lytle, did leave the door open for one more bout. Serra relayed that “I would love to put closure on my career with one last fight at the Garden”, but that if the UFC can’t hold an event in New York soon, his career is “done.”
Serra has gone 11-7 since he made his pro debut in 2008. In addition to several memorable bouts he participated in during the early years of the UFC, Serra’s biggest victory to date was his upset win over Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69 in 2007. St. Pierre avenged the loss approximately one year later at UFC 83.
The outgoing fighter’s last win took place in February, 2010, when he stopped Frank Trigg.