The UFC held a press conference Monday morning at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada to officially announce that UFC 83 will be held there on April 19. UFC president Dana White presided over the press conference, which aired on Yahoo! as well as UFC.com.
White was joined by UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and interim UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. It was announced that the two will face each other at UFC 83 in a title unification match. The fight will also serve as a rematch of Serra’s upset victory over St. Pierre at UFC 69 last April.
Serra had been scheduled to defend the title at UFC 79 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas against Matt Hughes but had to pull out of the match after suffering a back injury in November. He confirmed during the press conference that he had in fact suffered two herniated disks (L4 and L5) but proclaimed that “he’s back.”
Serra said that physicians told him he was fortunate because the discs were herniated to the center of his back, as opposed to the side. He added that he has not experienced any numbness in his legs and that he has “rehabbed the injury like crazy.” Serra also revealed that he’s undergone spinal injections to treat the injury.