Welterweight bout: Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra
Matt Hughes (43-7, 13-4) is simply the most dominant champion in any weight class in UFC history, and he has stated this should be his last fight- he has nothing to prove and is simply looking to shut Serra up. Matt Serra (9-5, 6-5) I simply don't get- I liked him on TUF but I have seen most of his fights- he has heavy hands, he has a great ground game- but only 14 total fights? Why is he never in the ring? Serra talks of Matt's striking as poor- yet only has ONE Ko to his own ledger- he only has 4 submissions- Matt has TONS. 5 finishes- thats it. If he had never caught GSP on his worst day he would be forgotten, and I am sure at 34, he won;t be around much longer than Hughes.
Joao: Fans love grudge matches. If there is some bad blood involved, then a fight is bound to be good, right? These guys do not like each other, going back to their Ultimate Fighter days; they were set to fight before, but Serra was injured and unable to defend his belt at the time. Matt Hughes is the most dominant welterweight in the history of the UFC, probably in all of MMA; Serra is a Renzo Gracie BJJ black belt who is a one-time welterweight champion, through one of the biggest upsets in MMA history, his win over Georges St. Pierre.
Hughes is 35, Serra is 34, I do not see title implications here. Still, the fight should be exciting. Hughes is a powerful wrestler, has big time slams, solid submissions, decent striking and devastating ground ???n pound; Serra is all about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with average striking capabilities.
There is a definite strength difference here. Matt Hughes can take Serra to the ground, outwrestle him, avoid submissions and impose his will.
Robert: I'm torn on whether or not I care about this fight. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. As of right now, I do. This fight should've happen a long time ago and may or may not have lost some of it's luster, but how can you not want to watch a fight where both combatants hate each other? I see Hughes winning this fight. He's the greatest Welterweight of all-time and has over 50 fights to his credit. Serra, not so much. Serra won't be able to stop Hughes' takedowns and while his BJJ is outstanding, he's not as strong as Hughes to be able to utilize it.
David: Hughes KO (Ground and pound- and they may have to get the hose out to stop him) Round 3
Joao: Matt Hughes by TKO
Robert: Hughes RD3 KO