Matt Serra on Friday confirmed to NBCSports.com that he will meet Georges St-Pierre for the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title when the UFC makes its Canadian debut in April in Montreal.
Serra defeated St-Pierre for the title in Houston in April of 2007. He had been scheduled to make his first defense of the belt against Matt Hughes at UFC 79 on Dec. 29, but a herniated disc forced him to withdraw from the bout.
Instead, St-Pierre stepped in on short notice and defeated Hughes for the interim title. Following the bout, St-Pierre refused to wear the belt, saying, “Matt Serra is the real champion,” and would not wear the belt until he defeated the Long Island, N.Y. native.
Serra said that his back has been rapidly improving and he is excited about defending the championship.
The event is tentatively scheduled for April 19 at the Bell Centre.