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Morning Report: Matt Serra still interested in rematch with 'fake ass hall monitor' Matt Hughes

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Matt Hughes and Matt Serra haven't always gotten along.

The pair of former UFC welterweight champions squared off in the "Fight of the Night" at UFC 98 in 2009 but Hughes' unanimous decision victory didn't do much to put down the grudge.

Serra and Hughes have been squawking at each other ever since, even doing some impromptu matchmaking via Twitter last year. In April, Hughes said all it would take for him to make a comeback, namely against Serra, would be a phone call from UFC president Dana White.

Speaking with UFC commentators Jon Anik and Kenny Florian, Serra says White hasn't shown interest but that he'd personally be up for his rematch with Hughes.

"It's weird, because I hear Matt Hughes saying that and we had something over a year ago and Dana wasn't entertaining it at all," said Serra. "I'm not the type of guy to be begging for a fight. Don't get me wrong, if I thought there was any way it could happen I'd be, 'F**k yea! Let's do it,' but in the meantime, I'm on [testosterone replacement therapy] TRT. I'd have to get off the TRT.

"I can't stand that guy," Serra continued. "I don't even want to say anything because I know I'm not going to get to smack him or anything. If they said, 'Matt, let's do this,' I'd say, 'I need six months,' because I'm a professional. I never missed weight. I'd have to get into a training camp. I'm not doing that for my health."

Serra was also critical of Hughes' front office role with UFC. Following back to back knockout losses to B.J. Penn in 2010 and Josh Koscheck in 2011, Hughes officially retired in 2013 and was named UFC Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations.

"The guy's talking s**t because he's hoping," said Serra. "Dude, you're best friends with Dana. He gave you a fake ass job. You f**king hall monitor. Come on. Is that guy working harder on the farm or with his fake ass hall monitor job. Fighter relations? Are you f**king serious? If [UFC fighters] have a problem, who are they going to call? I should have that job. Who are they more likely to call? Me or him? I should have that f**king job.

"Seriously, he should just sit back and collect his checks pretending he's doing something. If the UFC said this is actually catching wind and people want to see the fight I would do it the proper way and it would f**king happen. But if it's not going to happen I'm not going to sit here and just flap my gums."



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Announced yesterday (Nov. 2 2015)

cancelled Matt Brown vs. Kelvin Gastelum at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale


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