In a recent blog entry on his personal website, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes stated that his long-awaited grudge bout with nemesis and fellow former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra could take place at a UFC event in April.
“This week, I talked to Joe Silva at the UFC and a possible date for (Matt) Serra and I is in April,” wrote Hughes. “I don’t know the exact date right now or venue. So, that is something that I can look forward to and I can set my training up for that schedule.”
Hughes and Serra have a long-running feud in the media that gained additional fuel while both were coaches for the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter, titled Team Hughes vs. Team Serra.
The show’s live season finale was timed in accordance with a proposed UFC welterweight title defense by Serra against Hughes at UFC 79 last Dec. 29. However, while the show was still airing, word spread in November that Serra had suffered a back injury during training and would be unable to fight Hughes.
Hughes remained on the card and lost to a fight for Georges St. Pierre that was contested for the newly-instituted interim UFC welterweight title. St. Pierre won the interim belt following a second round submission over Hughes and then went on to unify the titles after recording a second round TKO against Serra at UFC 83 this past April.