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"The Terror"

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Matt Serra

Matt "The Terror" Serra

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  • Given Name: Matthew John Serra
  • MMA Record: 11-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Terror
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 41 | Date of Birth: 1974.06.02
  • Last Fight: September 25, 2010 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Serra Jiu-Jitsu
  • Height: 5'6" (168cm) | Reach: 68.0" (173cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $487,000 USD
  • Born: East Meadow, New York, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: East Meadow, New York
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Matt Serra is a former UFC world welterweight champion, an ADCC Submission Wrestling Silver Medalist, and one of America’s first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts under the legendary Renzo Gracie. In roughly a decade fighting under the UFC banner Serra has had a mixed record of success, suffering occasional setbacks but also achieving some tremendous highs during his time in the promotion.


Primarily a ground specialist, Serra nonetheless has some of the heaviest hands in the division. He sports knockout wins over Frank Trigg and, most notably, Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, whom Serra knocked out in one of the sport’s all-time greatest upsets to seize the welterweight crown. In close losses to Karo Parisyan and Matt Hughes, Serra had both combatants literally stunned senseless, and was moments from finishing both fights with his deceptively potent striking game.


For a variety of reasons, Serra remains one of the most famous and recognizable fighters in any division. Blessed (some would say cursed) with a tremendously outgoing and talkative personality, Serra is among the most quotable fighters competing in MMA today. He is a “love him or hate him” type of fighter, and while some will always choose to hate him, fan ovations at his recent bouts suggest that most still love him. He is extremely proud of his Italian-American heritage and his Long Island, New York upbringing.


Serra also received tremendous exposure as a result of his participation on Season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter, which not only revived a somewhat flagging fight career but, as a result of his standout success on the show, brought him the title shot against St. Pierre which Serra capitalized on so dramatically. Serra remains one of the few fighters to move from contestant status to coaching status on The Ultimate Fighter, as he was selected to coach on Season 6 in run-up to his long-awaited grudge match with Matt Hughes. Many believe Serra won the Hughes fight. Serra runs two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies in New York and remains in a period of flourishing in his fight career.


The Ultimate Fighter 4

Episode 7 Quarter Finals Serra def. Pete Spratt by Submission (Strikes) at 3:26 of Round 1

Episode 10 Semi Finals Serra def. Shonie Carter by Unanimous Decision

The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale Serra def. Chris Lytle by Split Decision


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Matt Serra MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Chris Lytle
11-6-0 29-17-5

UFC 119: Mir vs Cro Cop
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.09.25
Odds: +120 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now
#25 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:23 Round 1 of 3

Frank Trigg
10-6-0 19-7-0

UFC 109: Relentless
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.02.06
Odds: -178 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $210,000 ($75K Base, $75K Bonus, $60K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal | Walkout Music: Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now
#23 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
UFC 109 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Matt Hughes
10-5-0 42-7-0

UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.05.23
Odds: +218 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $135,000 ($75K Base, $60K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#41 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
UFC 98 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Knees
4:45 Round 2 of 5, 9:45 Total

Georges St. Pierre
10-4-0 15-2-0

UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2008.04.19
Odds: +373 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#24 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
Cancelled Bout Matt Hughes UFC 79 2007.12.29
Reason: Serra Back Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:25 Round 1 of 5

Georges St. Pierre
9-4-0 13-1-0

UFC 69: Shootout
Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2007.04.07
Odds: +850 (Huge Underdog) Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#1 Biggest Upset of All Time
#15 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
Cancelled Bout Georges St. Pierre UFC 67 2007.02.03
Reason: St-Pierre Knee Injury
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Chris Lytle
8-4-0 22-12-5

The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale
Main Event | Tournament Finals | 170 lbs

2006.11.11
Odds: +135 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $110,000 ($10K Base, $100K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
Exhibition Bout
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Shonie Carter
8-4-0 39-15-7

The Ultimate Fighter Season 4: The Comeback
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.06.26
Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Strikes
Exhibition Bout
3:29 Round 1 of 2

Pete Spratt
8-4-0 14-10-0

The Ultimate Fighter Season 4: The Comeback
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.06.16
Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Karo Parisyan
8-3-0 13-3-0

UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2005.06.04
Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ivan Menjivar
7-3-0 13-3-0

UFC 48: Payback
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2004.06.19
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jeff Curran
6-3-0 16-6-1

UFC 46: Supernatural
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2004.01.31
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Din Thomas
6-2-0 15-3-0

UFC 41: Onslaught
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2003.02.28
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

BJ Penn
6-1-0 4-1-0

UFC 39: The Warriors Return
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 155 lbs

2002.09.27
Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
2:58 Round 1 of 3

Kelly Dullanty
5-1-0 4-0-0

UFC 36: Worlds Collide
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2002.03.22
Weigh-In: 163.0 lbs (73.9 kgs) | Referee: Larry Landless
Win | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Yves Edwards
4-1-0 18-5-1

UFC 33: Victory in Vegas
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2001.09.28
Odds: -185 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 164.0 lbs (74.4 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
4:51 Round 3 of 3, 14:51 Total

Shonie Carter
4-0-0 18-5-5

UFC 31: Locked and Loaded
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2001.05.04
Weigh-In: 168.0 lbs (76.2 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#37 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#44 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | Submission | Armlock

Greg Melisi

New York Regional

2001.02.24
Cancelled Bout Johil de Oliveira Pride 9 2000.06.04
Reason: de Oliveira Pyrotechnics Injury
Win | Submission | Choke

Jeff Telvi

New York Regional

2000.01.29
Win | Submission | Armlock

Graham Lewis

New York Regional

1999.08.21
Win | Submission | Choke

Khamzat Vitaev

New York Regional

1998.04.01

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