When the bout was booked the odds of finding fans favoring Serra were on par with those attached to the Chicago Cubs winning next year’s World Series. He was undersized, inferior in overall ability, and only earned the shot by winning TUF. Still, nobody told Serra he was supposed to lose, and the colorful New Yorker went on to shock the world by stopping St-Pierre with strikes. Serra never successfully defended the belt, handing it back to GSP after losing the rematch, but the moment remains one of the most important (and referred to) in UFC history. It should also be said the stumble was the last of St-Pierre’s career, lighting a fire under him still burning to this day eleven fights later.
A week from tonight 26 athletes will take to the Octagon at UFC 166 in hopes of exiting the event with a victory. The Houston-bound card’s thirteen-fight lineup is one of the most impressive in recent history, showing things truly are bigger in Texas. The State has hosted plenty of memorable pairings in the past including perhaps the most shocking upset ever to go down under the organization’s banner. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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