If you pay attention to the Twitter accounts of retired UFC fighters you probably caught an exchange between former welterweight champions Matt Serra and Matt Hughes. The brief back and forth ended with the two agreeing that they would face off inside the Octagon for a second time if UFC president Dana White gave his consent.
On Thursday, White gave the proposed fight between the 39-year-old Serra and 40-year-old Hughes the thumbs down. When asked about the possibility of booking that particular fight at a media scrum, White said, "No, no. Listen, I get it, they don't like each other. It's not even a sideshow. Both great competitors, great champions. Matt Hughes is a guy who helped us build this thing, as did Serra, Serra was always a great guy to us. It doesn't need to happen."
White could also not resist throwing a jab at Serra and his weight, "Where are they going to fight," White asked. "Super heavyweight? I think Serra is out of his weight class now."
Serra and Hughes coached opposite each other during season six of The Ultimate Fighter, and they did not see eye to eye at all. In the lead up to their fight at UFC 98, Serra described Hughes as, "A dick of a person," while Hughes referred to Serra as "A terrible ambassador for the sport."
At the end of the three round fight, the two fighters embraced and shook hands moments before Hughes was announced as the winner by unanimous decision. Nearly five years later, it seems that neither the moment the two shared after the fight nor time has put the rivalry to rest.A Twitter exchange between former UFC champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra set the table for both fighters to come out of retirement, but UFC president Dana White says that fight is not going to happen