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    Ex-UFC champ Matt Serra is retired

    That is, unless his longtime promoter finds its way through a legal quagmire that has kept it out of Serra's home state of New York. A fight in Madison Square Garden is the only thing on his competitive bucket list.

    "But at the same time, if that doesn't happen, I definitely consider myself done," Serra told Newsday. "It's hard to say the 'R word.' I might never say the 'R word.'"

    Thirteen days remain in the New York State Assembly's 2013 legislative session, and by all indications, MMA is unlikely to be legalized. Bills aimed at regulating the sport have failed the past four sessions despite indications that they would pass if put to a vote. UFC President Dana White has given up in predicting when the promotion will be able to hold events in the Empire State, and despite thousands of dollars spent in lobbying, it's unclear whether legislators are any closer to clearing the impasse.

    That means Serra (11-7 MMA, 7-7 UFC) could wait at least another year to see his dream realized. But more than that, he's just happy to be alive.

    Recently, the 38-year-old experienced a pain in his arm while cornering one of his fighters at an MMA event. Eventually, his arm became immobile, and he drove himself to the emergency room in the wee hours of the morning.

    It was a wise move: Doctors discovered blood clots in his arm and lungs. If unchecked, the condition might have killed him.

    "I'm very fortunate to, basically, be here," he told Newsday. "Sounds kind of morbid. If I didn't catch that – I was about to go to bed. I'm like, man, something's not feeling right." Serra is now forced to inject himself with blood thinners every day for the next three months. He also was forced to undergo surgery to remove the first rib on his left side to prevent future clots from occurring.

    Now recovering from the procedure, Serra, who owns two jiu-jitsu schools in his home state, could be back on the mats within two to three months.

    "I need my jiu-jitsu, man," Serra said. "I don't need to spar. I don't need to kickbox or box every day. Even if you see me with some pasta, I'm still strangling and arm-locking people at least five days a week and I need that."

    If he does walk away from the sport, "The Terror" ends his career with a 7-7 UFC record that includes the greatest upset in UFC history, a first-round TKO of welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69 that followed his winning turn on "The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback."

    Serra is also known for his rivalry with UFC Hall of Famer and ex-champ Matt Hughes, whom he coached opposite on "TUF 6." The pair fought to a controversial decision at UFC 98 with Hughes getting a unanimous nod.

    "The Terror" previously has pined for a rematch with Hughes, but now, his priorities have shifted.

    "I know I can be beat by some of these guys, but I know I can still knock some of these guys out and be a threat on the ground," Serra told Newsday. "But at the same time, it used to be that the thing that made me happiest was the next fight. Now, I whistle to work going to my schools. I love hanging out with my kids, my family. That's something you never really anticipate or understand it until you have a family. I love spending time with my girls. I'm a very involved dad."

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    Always liked Matt(well not the night of UFC 69 lol)good luck to him in the future.

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    As much money as he won me beating GSP, I'll always be a fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    As much money as he won me beating GSP, I'll always be a fan.
    How much?

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    ha, weren't there like 13/1 odds on that or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyKnox View Post
    How much?
    $200+. Not a lot by Mickey Knox standards, but it was a good chuck of change for me at the time. I took the winnings from picking Kos over Diego on the under card and poured it on Serra. I was screaming for Big John to stop the fight as soon as GSP hit the canvas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    $200+. Not a lot by Mickey Knox standards, but it was a good chuck of change for me at the time. I took the winnings from picking Kos over Diego on the under card and poured it on Serra. I was screaming for Big John to stop the fight as soon as GSP hit the canvas.
    Hahaha, hey, $100 is a good win to me. That is a great win in itself to brag about regardless of the prize.

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    Never a fan of Serra's but wish him luck in his future.

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    Always enjoyed Serra, and hope he can fulfill his dream of fighting in MSG. Good way to go out.
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    One of my all time favorites. Sad news for me. I wanted ONE more fight for him.
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