38-year old Matt Serra hasn’t fought in more than two years yet he also hasn’t gone so far as to announce his retirement from MMA. Though Serra is willing to admit the likelihood of him officially calling it quits grows closer with each passing day, it appears the fire to compete is still burning in his belly and has recently been stoked by the possibility of a scrap with Sean Sherk.
“I read an interview he did of him talking about how we both came got to the UFC in 2000 or 2001, we both fought in the two weight classes, and we are both close to the same size and height,” said Serra to Rebellion Media. “He sold me on it, I reached out to him.”
Like Serra, the 39-year old former champion has been out of action since September 2010 but, despite a number of injuries, hasn’t hung his gloves up yet. With a similar level of ring rust involved, “The Terror” thinks a fight with Sherk makes a lot of sense. However, when it comes to other opponents who lack Sherk’s status as a seasoned veteran, Serra isn’t nearly as interested.
“It comes down to motivation,” offered Serra on his approach to another fight in the future. “You get set and relaxed, and you think of fighting some young buck looking to make a name off of you, it doesn’t get my nipples hard, you know? A Matt Hughes or a Sean Sherk, that’s one thing, but these new guys are tough as sh*t and what’s the upside? I fought a lot of tough people.”
The 11-7 Serra was 3-3 in six fights after his stint on TUF 4 including a title-win over Georges St-Pierre to produce arguably the biggest upset in UFC history. Comparably, Sherk is 36-4-1 with past success against the likes of Karo Parisyan, Kenny Florian, and Nick Diaz.
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