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Hughes-Serra Ready To Settle Feud

Paul Delos SantosContributor IJune 9, 2016

Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally bring an end to their rivalry when the two enter the octagon on Saturday.

Or will they?

The obvious bad blood was seen by all on the "Ultimate Fighter" series, but even after the fight, the likelihood of the two exchanging Christmas cards maybe a long shot.

Even so, this fight has experienced so many delays with injuries and baby girls—the fight was originally was scheduled for February, but Serra requested the fight be pushed back to witness the birth of his daughter. 

What is true though is that this might be the final time both fighters get a chance to be a marquee fight on a card.

Hughes has obviously tapered off in his abilities, especially following that brutal technical knockout at the hands of Thiago Alves. And given Hughes' performances against Georges St. Pierre, one thing is clear, the old days when wrestling a guy to the ground and pounding him into submission are long gone, and this might be Hughes' curtain call win or lose.

Serra was always a small welterweight. In fact, there is heavy speculation that he may drop back down to lightweight after the fight. Since winning "The Ultimate Fighter," Serra has only had two fights at welterweight. Both against St. Pierre and holds a 1-1 record. He was so thoroughly beaten by St. Pierre in their title unification bout, that it made people wonder if Serra can hang with the top-level welterweights.

Neither man is at the point of their careers where they can add new quirks. Two things are clear: Serra is still a heavy-handed jiu-jitsu expert and Hughes remains a wrestler, looking to turn his opponent's face into hamburger meat.

Both men are still light years away from fighting for the welterweight title, and the match is more for their rivalry and fans' entertainment than actual rankings in the division.

 

Matt Hughes

Strengths:

  1. Strong wrestler—No secrets there. Hughes' calling card throughout his career has been wrestling, and why should it change now?
  2. Experience—Hughes has 49 career fights, and has been in countless amounts of main events. This will help him.
  3. Farm strength—Hughes is a strong fighter, and he should overpower Serra in every form if he wants to win this fight and beat his rival senseless.

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