UFC 109 Preview: Serra vs Trigg
Former welterweight champion Matt Serra anticipates a violent matchup with Frank Trigg as they meet head on in the Ultimate Fighting Championship: UFC 109 Relentless on Saturday.
The 35-year-old Serra, who dealt Georges Saint-Pierre in one of his only 2 career losses, said his welterweight match with Trigg has all the makings of a "fun fight."
"In the past I said, that guy could be a fun guy to fight… He’s a really good wrestler. He’s strong. He’s aggressive," he said in a UFC promotional video.
"I think it’s gonna be an exciting fight because it will be a violent fight," added the New Yorker.
The two fighters have already engaged themselves in a war ahead of the fight — a word war — at least.
"He’s funny. He tries to play mind games to get you thinking different things. I could see the stress coming out of him," said Serra, who has a mixed martial arts (MMA) record of 16-6.
Serra said no trash talk would affect his game inside the Octagon.
"I’m straight… I feel I’m gonna take him out on Saturday night," he said.
Trigg, for his part, admitted the talk was just part of a strategy.
"I played on his head a little bit, I called him oompa-loompha. That kinda irritated him a little bit," laughed the fighter from Las Vegas.
But the 37-year-old Trigg, who has an MMA record of 19-7, admitted that Serra will be a hard fight even late in the rounds. "Third round he’s tired, but he throws you a big haymaker and he’ll knock you out. In the third round, he’s tired, and he’ll give you a quick triangle, he’ll still tap. Either way he’s still dangerous," he said.
UFC 109 is set to take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada
Light Heavyweight: Randy Couture vs Mark Coleman
Middleweight: Nate Marquardt vs Chael Sonnen
Welterweight: Mike Swick vs Paulo Thiago
Middleweight: Demian Maia vs Dan Miller
Welterweight: Matt Serra vs Frank Trigg
Preliminary Card (Spike TV)
Lightweight: Mac Danzig vs Justin Buchholz
Lightweight: Melvin Guillard vs Ronnys Torres
Lightweight: Phillipe Nover vs Rob Emerson
Light Heavyweight: Brian Stann vs Phil Davis
Heavyweight: Tim Hague vs Chris Tuchscherer
Heavyweight: Rolles Gracie vs Joey Beltran