Mookie4ever wrote:Serra is a good wrestler I will admit but I was frankly shocked that he got the title shot. At that point he was 5-4 in his UFC career and the only distinguishing thing about him was the win on TUF and even that was a split decision. His record was unimpressive and he had only had one win that wasn't a decision.
He should not even be mentioned in the same breath as Hughes who has won the belt 3 times and defended his title 9 times. The guy is a living legend and deserves some respect.
Well Hughes is a mod edit - language edited
so I don't give him all of his due.
Serra just earned the right to be mentioned in the same breath.
Somehow I think all of us allowed ourselves to illegitimately think Serra was a lesser fighter than he really was due to one super lucky spinning back hand.
Serra got the title shot because of a long standing agreement. If it was awarded
I'd agree, but it wasn't. GSP certainly thought he was worthy before and after the fight. Did you hear the prefight comments? (paraphrase:) "I do not underestimate Matt Serra. To do so would be a fatal misteake. I trained as hard as ever and am in the best shape for a fight I ever have been." Post fight: "Tonight I was beaten by a better fighter. I'll have to come back stronger."
I'll take GSP's word for it.
PS- as these ground guys develop stand up games, they are getting pretty damn good. Had Zuffa not bought Pride, I'd say they'd now be close to their level across the board. Now it's hard to say who fights for who though