Fight of the Week: Georges St-Pierre vs. Matt Serra at UFC 83

By Al Stover
Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

It has been almost a year since UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre sustained an ACL injury to his right knee.

Now he returns to face UFC Interim Welterweight champion Carlos Condit to unify the belts at UFC 154 in his home country of Canada on Nov. 17. By defeating Condit, St-Pierre would be making his seventh successful title defense, which would tie the record set by Matt Hughes.

However in April 2008, St-Pierre was not always a dominant force in the welterweight division.  In 2007, five months into his first welterweight title reign, St-Pierre dropped the title to “The Ultimate Fighter: Comeback” winner Matt Serra.

After a year in which he defeated Hughes for the UFC Interim Welterweight title, St-Pierre got his chance to win back his welterweight title at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

With his home countrymen behind him, St-Pierre quickly gets a takedown and goes into Serra’s half-guard. He continues to maintain control while Serra throws elbows from the bottom.

St-Pierre throws a quick combination while keeping Serra on the ground. He passes Serra’s guard then throws strikes to the face while Serra tries to get back of his feet.

Just as both fighters stand in the middle of the octagon, St-Pierre gets another takedown on Serra and throws a few body strikes before the end of the first-round.

St-Pierre starts off round two with another takedown as the singing of the Canadian crowd echoes through the arena.

Serra is able to escape and foil a single-leg takedown from St-Pierre and lands a head kick. St-Pierre lands a few jabs before getting another takedown.

After getting into Serra’s guard, St-Pierre throws shots to the face and body. After throwing more knees and punches, referee Yves Lavinge stops the fight.

St-Pierre is declared the undisputed UFC Welterweight champion.


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