UFC Quick Quote: Matt Serra on how he injured his back training for UFC 79 Matt Hughes fight

Matt Serra back injury prior to ufc 79

"I wanted to work out at (Ray) Longo's, doing the calisthenics and the pad work and at nighttime I was doing my jiu-jitsu and my wrestling. Everything went great and then they left. I was demonstrating a move. I was showing somebody something from mount and next thing you know, something felt like it clicked. I've never been stunned by a stun gun before, but that's kind of what it felt like I guess.... My students had to help me up and I got through the shower pretty painfully. My brother had to get my socks and shoes on and then they took me home. Then, the next day, I went to the hospital, got an MRI. I've got two herniated discs in my lower back..... I gave it a few days. I didn't just call up and say it's off. I've fought injured before, but to what extent? I can't even get my socks and shoes on. If I go in there it's a double-edged sword. It sucks not being able to fight. I've never had to do that before. What sucks even worse is that it was with (Matt) Hughes."

-- UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra goes through the story behind his back injury via MMAWeekly.com that forced him to withdraw from an upcoming title defense against Matt Hughes at UFC 79: "Nemesis" on December 29. Georges St. Pierre stepped in at the last minute and saved Christmas to fight for the interim 170-pound championship. "The Terror" admits he is clearly disappointed but vows that he will return ... probably against St. Pierre (his words, not mine) to declare an undisputed champion sometime in 2008.

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