At UFC Atlantic City, the UFC announced that former welterweight champion Matt Serra would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
On Saturday, between fights at UFC Atlantic City, the UFC announced that former welterweight champion Matt Serra would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2018. The former Ultimate Fighter winner will be inducted into the pioneer wing, over international fight week in July.
Serra is best known for having one of the biggest upset wins of all time. At UFC 69, after winning the Ultimate Fighter comeback season, he had a shot at welterweight champion and one of the best fighters of all time, Georges St-Pierre. Serra went into the fight a giant underdog, just about anyone thinking he had a chance was hard to find. Serra, however went, in as a jiu-jitsu ace and knocked out St-Pierre in the first round to capture the UFC welterweight title.
Serra would go on to lose the rematch to St-Pierre, and never captured the title again. His win will always be a major point in the sport’s history, however, and it’s not hard to see why the UFC is deciding to honor him. Both for the win, and his other wins and accomplishments in his UFC career.
Nowadays Serra is one half of one of the best MMA camps, working with Ray Longo in New Jersey. They are the heads of a team that has seen fighters such as Chris Weidman, Aljamain Sterling and Gian Villante born of it. Serra also co-hosts the podcast UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton.
Matt Serra is only the second of many being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this year. The other announced name is former UFC Producer Bruce Connal, who passed away earlier this year.