A fight long in the making that appeared may never happen due to among other things injurys and retirement rumors now appears, over a year and a half later, that it will indeed happen.
“I’ve got a date of May 23 in Vegas against Matt Hughes,” Serra confirmed this week “That’s what I just found out a few days ago and it’s actually awesome.”
The Long Island native explained why the fight had been delayed to May after so much anticipation.
“Originally I thought it was going to be in the fall (of 2007), then he was still hurt,” said Serra. “So then I thought it was going to be in January, and then that wasn’t working because he wasn’t going to be ready until March. But I’m having my kid in March, so it’s just the way things work out.
“I’m not going to miss the birth of my first born. I’m an easy guy to work with, but c’mon. So then I thought maybe April, but now it’s May.”
While initially unhappy with the delays, Serra now feels the timing may be perfect.
“With my kid being born in March is definitely going to take away a little from training, and will be a new experience for me, so I don’t mind (the fight) being pushed to May,” he admitted.
Still five months out from the proposed date, Serra is wasting no time beginning preparations now that he’s finally healthy off an injury that kept him sidelined much of last year.
“I’m driving to (Ray) Longo’s right now to get my training on,” he stated. “I’m starting to weigh out. My goal is to get in phenomenal shape and then work everything from there.”
With both fighters coming off losses in their most recent fights – Hughes to Thaigo Alves in June, and Serra to St. Pierre last April – each is in need of a win if they have hopes of staying in contention for the welterweight title to be determined on January 31 between St. Pierre and current UFC lightweight titleholder B.J. Penn.