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[MMA] Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra likely for May


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The long awaited grudge match between outspoken welterweight rivals Matt Hughes (42-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) and Matt Serra (9-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) may finally be settled in the cage.

According to Hughes, the UFC is looking to arrange the matchup on an as-yet-unannounced card in May.

Hughes posted the news on his official website late Friday night.

"Just got a call from (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva, and as of right now it looks like I?ll be fighting Matt Serra in Vegas on May 23rd," Hughes stated. "This is not 100% confirmed, but I believe it is going to be on this date."

Hughes and Serra developed an intense rivalry during their tenure as opposing coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 6." The two fighters have proven polar opposites in personality and beliefs, and neither has shied away from voicing their disdain towards the other.

The grudge match between the two former welterweight champion was originally scheduled for UFC 79 in December 2007. Serra was forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering a back injury in training.

All previous announcements had pointed towards a possible April date for the contest, but Serra and his wife are reportedly expecting their first child sometime during that month.

The bout is the first rumored contest for a potential Memorial Day weekend UFC event.


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