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    Star Matt Serra on Matt Hughes: "Ego is going to be the biggest downfall"

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    Matt Serra has been waiting two years to get his shot at Matt Hughes. The long awaited matchup will finally take on May 23 at UFC 98, and Serra is pumped up for it.

    “It’s a long time coming,” Serra told the Ground & Pound radio show. “We both want it, the fans want it. I think it’s just unfinished business.”

    The rivalry between Serra and Hughes has grown to epic proportions, with both fighters taking shots at the other.

    Serra thinks that the biggest advantage he has going into the fight is his mindset.

    “I’m looking at him as a dangerous opponent and I’m expecting a war,” Serra said. “I feel his ego is going to be the biggest downfall for him. I think he feels that I don’t belong in the same cage as him.”

    “Just because he’s bigger and he can bench press more, it’s not going to win him the fight,” Serra said. “He’s going to find that out in the midst of the fight.”

    Serra believes that a lot of Hughes’ animosity towards him stems from Serra’s victory over Georges St. Pierre, someone who beat Hughes twice.

    “He can’t accept that and his own ego is like, how could the guy that raped him twice get beat by five sticks of dynamite,” Serra said. “He just can’t accept that it could happen.”

    Despite the trash talking, Serra can see himself being gracious in victory. He has a more difficult time imagining his opponent doing so.

    “I could definitely see me being a more gracious winner than him, so let’s make sure I win,” Serra said. “You think I want to lose to that guy and have him be like, ‘you know, I told you he’s not top 20?’ I don’t need to hear that.”

    Serra says that he is coming into the fight in phenomenal shape, and hasn’t even touched a slice of pizza or pasta in three months. The sacrifice has just served as extra motivation.

    “Someone’s got to pay for me not having any sauce,” Serra said.

    Like most of his fights, Serra is coming in as the underdog. However, it’s a role that Serra relishes.

    “I like that people think I’m going to lose,” Serra said. “I’m the Rocky of MMA.”



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    Default Re: Matt Serra on Matt Hughes: ?Ego is going to be the biggest downfall?

    I hope he's wrong about Hughes taking him lightly, but he might be right.

    Not sure how Hughes would react with a win (sometimes he can be rude). I don't think the animosity has to do with him beating GSP, because they started hating each other when Hughes was 1-0 against GSP. (Matt also has a win over GSP and Serra also has a bad loss against him, so don't get his point totally).
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    Default Re: Matt Serra on Matt Hughes: ?Ego is going to be the biggest downfall?

    Hughes wants to dominate Serra. Personal animosity can make you focus on something that you might otherwise overlook.
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    “I like that people think I’m going to lose,” Serra said. “I’m the Rocky of MMA.”

    LMAO, then he should have beaten GSP in the rematch.
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    Default Re: Matt Serra on Matt Hughes: ?Ego is going to be the biggest downfall?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zapp Brannigan View Post
    Hughes wants to dominate Serra. Personal animosity can make you focus on something that you might otherwise overlook.
    I don't see that other than him being on top the whole match. If he has a hard time taking him down, I could see him getting smacked around a little standing. He could always get submitted too.

    Seems like its been a long time since we've seen Hughes get a good GNP going. Hope he can do it in this fight.
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    I wanna see the redneck knock the piss outta the guido.
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    Default Re: Matt Serra on Matt Hughes: ?Ego is going to be the biggest downfall?

    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    I don't see that other than him being on top the whole match. If he has a hard time taking him down, I could see him getting smacked around a little standing. He could always get submitted too.

    Seems like its been a long time since we've seen Hughes get a good GNP going. Hope he can do it in this fight.
    Look at who he's been fighting. Serra has never submitted anybody of note in an MMA fight, so I think Hughes is in decent shape.
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    Default Re: Matt Serra on Matt Hughes: ?Ego is going to be the biggest downfall?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zapp Brannigan View Post
    Look at who he's been fighting. Serra has never submitted anybody of note in an MMA fight, so I think Hughes is in decent shape.
    I think Serra's chances of pulling off a submission off his back against Hughes is very rare.

    But I do think its possible that Hughes will have a harder time taking him down than he thinks and could get hit with a fist. Karo was hammered early by Serra
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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    I think Serra's chances of pulling off a submission off his back against Hughes is very rare.

    But I do think its possible that Hughes will have a harder time taking him down than he thinks and could get hit with a fist. Karo was hammered early by Serra
    karo???
    Hughes is old but he is superior....

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