The UFC announced at tonight’s (Sat., April 21, 2018) UFC Fight Night 128 broadcast on FS1 from Atlantic City, New Jersey, that former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra to be Inducted into UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
The UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at the Pearl Theatre inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 5 as part of “International Fight Week.”
Serra made his UFC debut at UFC 31 in May 2001 against Shonie Carter and eventually lost the bout but was able to rebound with two straight wins over Kelly Dullanty and Yves Edwards. Serra joined the Season 4 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, he ultimately won the competition and earn a shot at Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69. Serra pulled a historic victory over Georges St-Pierre via TKO to claim the welterweight championship.
Serra went on fought few more years, with his last bout took place in 2010 against Chris Lytle at UFC 119. In 2013, Serra officially announced his retirement from MMA. (Quotes Via MMAMania)
“This is an honor to say the least,” said Serra in an official UFC press release. “I turned professional in 1999, during the dark ages when MMA was almost finished in the US. I didn’t become a mixed martial artist because there was a ton of money and fame to be had – there was none back then. I began competing in MMA because I love the sport, and that took me all the way to the UFC championship, and, now the UFC Hall of Fame. I love the sport as much as I ever did, and I couldn’t be happier or more honored right now.”
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“Matt Serra is one of the most underrated mixed martial artists in UFC history,” said UFC President Dana White. “From winning the Ultimate Fighter, to becoming UFC welterweight champion with one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, and now coaching some of the sports top athletes, Matt’s lifelong dedication to combat sports is legendary. Matt fought on the second UFC event under Zuffa ownership in 2001, and today, he helps us find new and exciting talent, while also co-hosting UFC Unfiltered. Serra is a true pioneer, and we look forward to celebrating his career at the UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in July.”
Serra remains one of the most sought-after coaches to fighters like Aljamain Sterling, Chris Weidman and Al Iaquinta under his umbrella.