Long-time MMA fan, VanCity’s Jay Swing recently spoke with UFC Champion Matt “The Terror” Serra on a number of topics, you will soon be able to read exclusively on this site. Here he is on the war of words with opponent Georges St. Pierre.How do you feel about being listed at a 4-1 underdog?I’m a 4-1 underdog? Well that’s a lot better than last time – what was I a 14-1 underdog or something? It don’t matter to me. All the hype and all the experts – the so called experts – it all means jack to me. What it boils down to is GSP and myself in the cage. That’s what it come down to and that’s all that it comes down to.You two have been having a little bit of a war of words – where did that come from?You know what? It’s funny man. I read an interview where he said he lost all respect for me due to some things I said. Now, you know I have a lot of friends so if you want to become an enemy that’s cool. That’s fine with me. Now, let’s think about this for a second. After that fight I did the right thing, and he did the right thing in the cage. We were both gentleman after that fight. You know, I’m sitting there saying he is the future of the sport. He’s saying I was the better man and that’s really the way it should be. Then you fast forward 4 or 5 weeks later – and I never said a bad thing about the guy ever, I always liked him – you fast forward 4 or 5 weeks later and here he is saying ‘oh well if it was Matt Hughes I wouldn’t have fought but it was Matt Serra and I figured I’d beat this guy easy and I wasn’t really training’. It’s like hey man, before the fight you were sitting there saying how you got to treat me like the number 1 guy in the world. That you were going to take me very seriously and maybe you were going to submit me. You know, he threw some cliches in there like ‘I’m going to fight like I’m the challenger trying to win the belt’ and you’re saying all this stuff and then you lose. So 5 weeks later you start talking about how you didn’t really prepare and how if it was somebody else you wouldn’t have took the fight but you figured you can beat me easy. How do you expect me not to get insulted? How do you expect me not to feel disrespected and how would you not expect me to retaliate? So I hear that and it’s like game on! Okay, I guess we’re not cool anymore dude. You’re gonna discredit what I did? Everybody thought I was walking to my doom and I took care of business like I should, then you gotta go that route with it? And the thing is that after I made some remarks back, you know, he’s making a big deal at the fact I said ‘F’ you Frenchy! Whatever dude. Look, I’m a big movie buff and I watch Talladega Nights a lot… if you didn’t see it you should rent it it will change your life. Did you see it?Yeah – too funny!Great movie man. Will Ferrell. But in the movie he has that battle with the French driver and he’s always calling him ‘Frenchy’. So that’s why that came flying out of my mouth but dude, do I give a rats ass if the guy is French? Please, oh yeah now I’m against the French. C’mon dude, get a life. Here’s the deal. He said he lost all respect for me – I don’t believe him. I think that is what his sports shrink told him to say. His sports shrink laid him down on the couch and said ‘look, this what you need to do to win this fight. You gotta make this guy the enemy’. Basically put Matt Hughes head on my body and if that’s the way he wants to go with is fine, yaknowwhatimean? I’m disappointed in the guy. I used to like him. I don’t think all that was to hype the fight. I believe his sports shrink told him to look at me like the anti-christ so that’s cool.You see I thought it was just because you made fun of Hockey – you know how us Canadians like our hockey!Aw please man! First of all I grew up on Long Island – huge Islanders fan! Second of all, if he told me to eat a meatball hero and go watch Goodfellas I’m not gonna cry myself to sleep, youknowwhati’msaying?!!!
Interview Master, Snides got down to the nitty gritty with number one draft pick, MLS Rookie of the Year, TFC defensive mid-fielder, Maurice Edu on the phone. Locking down and lighting up the field as a member of the US National team with the likes of Jozy Altidore and Freddie Adu, it is said his time in our neck of the woods is short.
With extra global attention being placed on you, it’s going to up your value. There has already been a lot of speculation that you may not make it to the end of the season with Toronto FC. Have transfer possibilities crossed your mind?
When an offer is made I am going to consider it, and talk to the right people. Figure out if that is the right thing for me at that time and then go from there. But, right now, I like the way the things are shaping up and I look forward to this coming season.
Aston Villa’s manager, Martin O’Neill, invited you to come and train with them this year. Did you take him up on the offer?
I wasn’t able to.
Check for the full interview in our Spring issue coming in March…