UFC president Dana White may feel like it would be nothing more than a sideshow, but Matt Serra doesn’t.
Recently on Twitter, Serra and fellow former UFC champion Matt Hughes discussed the idea of a rematch several years in the making. White, though, shot down the notion that the two retired fighters step back inside the Octagon against one another.
“I like a legit grudge match between two old champions,” said Serra, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight.
Serra even believes the bout could have a stipulation: Hughes’ job within the UFC.
“I’ll fight him for (that),” he said. “What does he do? Who’s going to talk to that guy if he has a problem? (Georges St-Pierre) with his issues, if I was in that job, he’d still be fighting.”
Hughes is the vice president of athlete development for the UFC. Serra, meanwhile, trains the likes of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and others in New York at his gym.
Serra, known for his stunning upset of GSP for the UFC welterweight title, also talked about Weidman and what makes him so special.
“The second Chris walked through my doors, I’ve never seen a wrestler transition to jiu-jitsu so smoothly,” he said. “(Ray) Longo got him in some sparring and he was just a natural and a freak and a good one.
“Me and Ray talked about it often and early on with his training. We knew this kid had the potential and very early on we predicted he’d be the champion – no matter who had the belt.”
Weidman defeated Anderson Silva to become champion, and successfully defended it vs. “The Spider” to close out 2013. He faces Vitor Belfort next.
“The middleweight division is murderer’s row,” Serra said. “There are a lot of challenges. Vitor is very dangerous in the beginning of the fight. I believe Chris will break him.
“In a five round fight, Chris has the advantage and I don’t think this fight will go the distance.”