Matt “The Terror” Serra was the guest on the March 22 edition of PWB's Official Podcast Hotline with Lex and Ian, located at http://www.pwbpodcastlive.com. In a candid interview, Serra addressed his upcoming fight with Matt Hughes at UFC 98.
All quotes can be found on the following YouTube clip (feel free to embed):
On his strategy against Hughes:
“I ain’t gonna get too crazy into strategy. I feel I can beat him several different ways, where I feel his best shot at beating me is one way.”
“He’s a dangerous guy but he is a simpleton, and I think he’s just gonna be thinking, `you know what I'm gonna try and make it physical,’ and look to just weigh me down…to tire me out. I’ve just got to be in phenomenal shape and the rest is gonna take care of itself…I’m sharpening the skills right now.”
“Back in the day he was a powerhouse, to some degree he still is a powerhouse, but you know as you get a bit older, you know in the game you’re gonna have to rely a bit more on technique. So I think at this stage of his career, and both of our careers, I think I’m gonna be the better fighter and that’s what it's gonna come down to. I might not beat him in a bench pressing contest…or hay lifting, but at the same time, I feel that I’ll be more technical in every aspect.”
On the disappointment of the fight not happening sooner:
“Things happen for a reason, man. Maybe it all leads to this. Maybe I’m the guy that’ll punch this bully in the mouth and put a nail in his coffin, and that’s the way I’d like to look at it.”
On the hype for the Hughes fight:
“It’s almost the good versus the bad. I don’t know how they’re gonna hype this thing, and maybe because I’m a little blunt and maybe because I drop the F-bomb sometimes and I curse, they might make me out to be the bad guy because I’m calling him a `penis.'”
“You don’t judge a guy on whether he drops the F-bomb or not every once in a while, we’re all adults here. It’s how you treat people…I just feel I’m the better guy. This is good vs. evil man. I’m not saying the guy’s an evil bastard but he is a prick…”
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