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The conclusion of our interview with former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Serra, where he will continue the discussion of his career plans, talk about camp members, both current and former, Patrick Cote‘s legendary house parties and about the legacy he leaves behind.

Yesterday, I posted the first half of a great interview I did with former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Serra. It covered a variety of subjects that included his health issues, longstanding feud with Matt Hughes and career plans. Today, I bring you part 2, where he will continue the discussion of his career plans, talk about camp members, both current and former, Patrick Cote’s legendary house parties and about the legacy he leaves behind. If you missed part 1, you can find it here. For now, here is what Matt had to say in the conclusion of the interview:

Continued Career Discussion

I’m the farthest thing from a hater if any of the former guys do the post UFC commentary shows. I would never knock anybody for doing them. Kenny Florian, I knew that guy from back in the day, and I’m so happy for him. The job is all about if it suits you or not. I think Chael and Kenny do an amazing job.

Listen, I’m open to ideas and stuff like that. First and foremost, I’m gonna be at my schools teaching. I know it might sound lame to you, but listen, if I had all the money in the world, I’d be doing exactly what I’m doing, and that’s a good thing. Right now, I’ve been sidelined at my house, and I miss going to the schools. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, but I love teaching and hanging out with the guys.

My thing is that I can’t be everywhere. I’ve got my two schools going, and now I have a third in Bayside, Queens. It’s an affiliate that one of my black belts is running. The affiliation thing is pretty big, and another of my black belts has an affiliate school in Myrtle Beach. It’s good and we’re spreading the love.

Luke Cummo

Oh man, I love Luke, I’m just a little concerned. I have no idea what’s going on with the guy. We played some phone tag when I found out he was back in town. He’s a good kid. When he was on TUF, he was always a little quirky and different, but it was a cool kind of different. I don’t know what’s going on now. When I watch his stuff, it doesn’t seem like the guy I know, so it’s hard for me to comment on it. I really do care for the guy, though.

Costa Philippou

Costa’s not flying our flag anymore. He went over to Bellmore Kickboxing, just to make that clear. I love Costa. He’s a good dude. He just wanted a change. Me and him are always cool, you know, but he just wanted a change. He went a couple towns over to Bellmore Kickboxing with Keith Trimble, who is a very cool guy. It’s a pretty cool camp and Longo brings guys over there for sparring, and vice versa. It’s all good. It’s all friendly, but he’s just not going to be carrying the Serra-Longo flag anymore, for sure. I wish him nothing but the best for his career.

Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman is a stud. I absolutely believe he will be the next champ. I think it’s going to be phenomenal, and I cannot wait for that. It’s very exciting. Let me tell you a little about Weidman’s mindset. It’s definitely not cocky, but he has a strong belief in himself and he’s very confident. I remember when Dan Henderson got hurt, and they cancelled that whole event. Longo was out of town, and Chris called me and he’s like, ‘Listen, they’re looking for a replacement’ and I forget the exact specifics of the conversation, but the nuts and bolts of it was, “Listen, I feel I could take this fight and win’.

I mean this is Jon Jones. It’s a different weight class, and that shows you where the kid’s mindset is. He’s a tough, tough guy and he believes in his skills. Georges St. Pierre even said in a recent interview that he thinks 100% that Chris will win. I fell that if things go right, he’s finishing Anderson. That is a bold statement, and anything can happen in MMA, but if things do go right, which I think they will, he’s not just winning, he’s finishing Anderson Silva. That’s my humble opinion.

When he fought Maia, the guy had zero training camp. He literally got up off the couch for that fight. He had to lose 30 pounds in a very few days. It was ridiculous. I mean, who does that, especially against a guy like Demian? Longo said that Chris was upset in the sauna, because they got to a certain point where he wasn’t cutting anymore. He wanted to be professional, and he got that weight off. That’s what people don’t see. They point at that fight, but they don’t know this kid and what he does. He beat a guy that had a full camp that had recently fought Anderson Silva in a five round fight. I’m a huge Maia fan. I love him, but that was a pretty one sided fight.

Patrick Cote’s House Parties

You want to know what’s really exciting? In Montreal, it’s called a Patrick Cote house party. Holy Shit! Does that f*cking French Canadian know how to party! I did a seminar over there, and he he had a party at his house. Damn, that guy knows how to party [laughs]. Listen to me, all I have to say is that at a certain point, I had to get the f*ck out of there [laughs].

What a party, and it was before Project X [laughs]. That movie, it’s got to be based on one of Cote’s parties. I texted him when I saw it coming out and said, ‘What is that Patrick? Is Project X about your life story?’ It was f*cking crazy! I won’t even mention the flame throwers. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I heard it was alright, though.

Legacy For Short Men Everywhere

For a guy 5’6, goddamn did I accomplish a lot [laughs]. I’m an example for all these guys under 5’9. In the comic book, Wolverine was 5’3. Everybody had a short guy to look up to there. Now, the movies come out, Hugh Jackman, 6’5. F*ck that shit! [laughs] You know what I mean? That’s a smack in the face.

You know who clued me in on this? Joe Silva. Joe Silva is a big comic nerd. It’s rough enough because I’m like a basketball player and he’s up to my cock [laughs]. No, seriously, I love that guy. Anyway, he complains, too, ‘That Wolverine [in a very affected voice], he’s 6 something, and that’s just not right …’ Joe, listen, I feel your pain brother. It’s me and you and Urijah. We’re doing it for everybody under 5’8 [laughs].

I don’t know if I’ll be in the Hall of Fame. They haven’t mentioned anything to me, and that’s okay. I think I did great in my career. I’m very secure and very happy to be where I’m at. There’s so many what-ifs in this game where people either didn’t capitalize or they did capitalize, or a shit didn’t land right, that can change a whole career. Right now, Pete Sell should only have one or two losses. That guy had so many fights that he should have won, if things were just a little different. That’s a heart breaking thing to say, because he’s one of my closest friends, but that’s just the way the game is. It’s a heart breaking game.

Things could have been so different for me, too. IN TUF 4, Shonie Carter tried that spinning backfist again. If that thing would have landed, oh my God. Yves Edwards, he knocked my ass down with an uppercut. He jumped on top of me, and because my ground game, people were kind of afraid of it back then, he jumped right back off me, and I got back in the fight and won. I’m so thankful he did, because f*ck, he could have probably ended it for me right there.

I’m very happy, and I’m secure with my career, the way it has ended up. I have something to show my kids and my grandkids in the future. It’s very cool.


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