Following UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra’s dismantling of former champ Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69 in Houston, Tex., St. Pierre was humble making no excuses for his defeat. But in a recent interview, he said that he had been injured leading up to the fight and had not trained that hard. Had it been Matt Hughes he was fighting, St. Pierre said he probably would have withdrawn from the bout. Not surprisingly, Serra took some offense to St. Pierre’s comments.
Also, since the win over St. Pierre, it has been announced that Serra and Hughes will coach the welterweight cast of season 6 of The Ultimate Fighter. Following the season, they will fight each other in what will be Serra’s first title defense.
Chuck Liddell and Quinton Jackson headline UFC 71 on May 26, but The Ultimate Fighter veteran Chris Leben will be on the undercard looking to return to his winning ways. Following season one of The Ultimate Fighter, Leben reeled off five wins in a row before stumbling at the hands (or knees rather) of current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. He then defeated Jorge Santiago, but dropped his last bout to tough Canadian contender Jason MacDonald.
Nearing six months since that defeat to MacDonald, Leben is ready to get back in the Octagon. This time he squares off with fellow The Ultimate Fighter veteran Kalib Starnes, who is coming off of a loss to Yushin Okami.
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