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Report: Serra To Face St. Pierre In April

Georges St. PierreMatt 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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