Serra Writes Blogs o.0?
Well I was checking out the UFC site and I saw a picture of Serra talking about the Sell vs Lutter fight and the finals stuff. Out of all people why would he be writing? I am a fan but I dont think he should be doing it. This stuff is more suited for Shonie or Burnett.
Heres an example of one.
The Finals. By: Matt Serra.
The welterweight final is set, and now it’s time for the middleweight semifinals to find out who will be fighting for a title shot on Nov. 11.
Mikey Burnett through the wall was something I must have slept through, but after six weeks of seclusion from the outside world, I’m not surprised it came to that. I mean, it’s not something I would do, but I also was training for a fight until almost the very end of our time there. No TV, music, books, magazines, etc., leads to some pretty interesting ways of entertaining yourself. I’m surprised “running through the walls” took so long to come out! Same goes for the food fight that appears later in the episode. To my knowledge, no one had to pay for any of the damage done to the wall, in case any of you were wondering.
The powers that be were kind enough to allow us to watch the finale of season three of "The Ultimate Fighter." Kendall Grove and Ed Herman put on a heck of a fight, and I had it scored in favor of Kendall from my seat on the couch. That said, I thought it was really cool of the UFC to reward both of them with contracts – both of those guys left everything they had in the cage.
Drago echoed what I said earlier regarding Chuck. He was very eager and willing to help all of us out, and never acted like he was doing us a favor being there. He’s a great champion, and if I am ever fortunate enough to hold a title belt in the UFC, I hope I exhibit the same amount of class he does.
It was kind of unfortunate for Travis that no one else on his team kept up the intensity of their training after being eliminated from the competition. To his credit, he did not let that or any of the in-house pranks distract him from training just as hard as he did week one of the show.
Drago was looking forward to the matchup – if you remember, Travis was who he wanted to fight in the prelims. He was focused and Team Mojo definitely trained very hard together to get him ready for his fight.
Going into their matchup, I knew Travis Lutter was a tough fight for Drago. Pete is skilled in his ground game, but Lutter is just a world class jiu-jitsu practitioner. For Pete to win, he was going to have to keep it on his feet and avoid the pressure and positioning that comes with Lutter’s ground game. That said, he made his choice, and I respected it – it was definitely the path of most resistance, but it took guts to make that decision. The way Pete saw it, he might have to fight Travis in the finals – might as well get it out of the way now.
The fight went on and it was definitely frustrating to watch it unfold in the exact opposite way we hoped it would. Travis’ jiu-jitsu was just too strong for Drago to counter, and he was able to win each round with a solid takedown and maintaining top position while striking. Pete hung in there and showed a lot of heart, but it wasn’t his night this time around. It’d be tough to watch any teammate lose, but watching Pete’s fight was especially tough since he’s been my friend and student for so long. It wasn’t a total loss, though – fighting guys of Travis Lutter’s caliber can only make him a better fighter. Drago is only 23 years old, he’s a hard worker and he is hungry – he wants to get better and pushes himself at all times. He’s got a bright future ahead of him in this sport, he’s got the talent to be in the mix for a title shot.
Pete’s post-fight interview was 100% honest and authentic, and I hope people can appreciate that. As fighters, we dedicate ourselves wholly to our profession, putting in hours of, literally, blood, sweat and tears. When you lay it all on the line and come up short, it can be heartbreaking at the time. All you can do is stand up, brush the dirt of your shoulder, and get back in the Octagon.
I saw we had over 100 comments on the blog last week, and I wanted to sincerely thank you all for reading. I’ve really enjoyed writing here at Newsday.com, and I never could have imagined so many people reading each week. The support has been tremendous, so thanks again. Hopefully I’ll be able to take it home on Nov. 11 and tell you guys about that experience as well.
Back next week for the last semifinal – Cote vs. DeWees.
Matt "The Terra" Serra
R.I.P Evan Tanner