Last night was almost dÃƒÂ©jÃ¯Â¿Â½ vu all over again for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 4 welterweight semifinalist Matt Serra.
However, this time he was able to weather the spinning back fist of challenger and former conqueror, Shonie Carter.
Here is a snip for the Matt Serra blog:
I was looking for it going into the fight, but still got caught by it. In retrospect, it was a good thing because it served as a wakeup call for me – from that point forward, was looking for the unorthodox move from Shonie, because the only way he was going to get me down was by catching me off guard.
Nearly six years ago at UFC 31: "Locked and Loaded," Serra was putting on a jiu-jitsu display en route to a seemingly unanimous decision victory over Carter. But before that could happen, he landed a sick spinning backfist that stopped Serra cold.
It is a highlight reel moment to this day, and naturally a sour defeat for Serra -- one that he longed to avenge.
It may not have been as sensational as he would have liked, but the victory for Serra last night was entertaining and impressive. And, he got his revenge ... for now. Rest assured, however, in typical Dana White/UFC fashion, we will see the third and final installment of "The Terror" versus "Mr. International."
With the win, Serra advances to the welterweight finals and will face Chris Lytle at the TUF 4 Live Finale on Novemver 11 for the right to challenge for the UFC welterweight crown.