Matt Serra has confirmed to NBC Sports that his back injury is “rapidly improving” and he will be ready to face Georges St. Pierre in April.
Serra (9-4 MMA, 6-4) won the welterweight title last-April with a shocking first round knockout of the heavily-favored St. Pierre. Despite winning the title nearly one year ago, Serra has yet to put the title on the line. After serving as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 6 opposite Matt Hughes the coaches were to clash in the main event of UFC 79 in late-December. In November, however, Serra suffered a herniated disc in his back which forced him to withdraw from the fight.
St. Pierre (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) stepped up on short notice to take the fight against Hughes with the winner being awarded an interim welterweight title. St. Pierre dominated the rubber-match between the pair securing a fight-ending armbar in the second round.
With Serra’s injury set to be healed in time for the event, he and St. Pierre will clash for a second time in front of St. Pierre’s home country. The match, which will headline the UFC’s first-ever event in Canada, is expected to take place April 19th at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
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