Rocky road for Serra

JOSE RODRIGUEZ

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

Matt Serra can't wait to come to Canada to film the sequel to his surprise blockbuster win over Montreal's Georges St. Pierre.

"I love it. Let it be in Canada," says the 33-year-old Italian-American from Long Island, N.Y. after hearing the rematch is tentatively scheduled for April in Montreal.

"Let me tell you about a little movie called Rocky IV. A little Italian guy goes over to Russia to fight a big Russian experiment named Drago.

"Now, a little Italian guy goes to Canada to fight the big Canadian experiment named frickin' GSP. It's a monster movie. I want to be in that movie. I want to be Rocky."

At last month's UFC 79, St. Pierre won the interim welterweight title by beating Matt Hughes with a second-round armbar. The fight was originally intended to be between champ Serra and Hughes until Serra suffered two herniated discs and was forced to withdraw.

St. Pierre stepped up and in a surprise move, the UFC made the fight for an interim title.

Serra says he doesn't understand why the UFC would put up an interim belt while he still owned the real thing.

"I didn't lose anything. I didn't dispute anything. I got injured," says Serra, who won the welterweight belt last April over the 10-1 favoured St. Pierre. "I question the logic in it. It's kind of insane. People close to me were insulted more than I was. Whatever, I'm not going to complain."

Serra says he thinks the UFC sees St. Pierre as a more marketable fighter.

"The UFC wants him wearing that title as soon as possible," says Serra. "They're looking at him like he's a guy who can be on top for a while."

St. Pierre dominated former champ Hughes at UFC 79 and Serra, who's never hidden his dislike for Hughes, was impressed.

HUGHES 'A JERK'

"A guy like Matt Hughes, he's tough when he's the hammer, not the nail, and you have to be willing to put yourself in harm's way if you want to beat GSP," says Serra.

"I don't think Hughes thew one punch in the entire fight."

Following the Dec. 29 scrap, St. Pierre refused to wear the belt, saying he doesn't consider himself the champ until he defeats Serra.

"I thought it was super classy and basically he's doing the right thing," says Serra.

"I like Georges, I think he's genuinely a good guy with a good heart. You're not going to hear me talk about him the way I talk about Matt Hughes, that's for sure. I can't stand Matt Hughes."

Hughes has said he'd like to fight Serra should he lose to St. Pierre in Montreal.

"He's very pathetic," says Serra. "The truth is he got his ass handed to him and I hate to kick a guy when he's down, but the guy's such a jerk. He better pray to the J-man, to Jesus, to whoever, that I don't lose."

As far as his injury is concerned, Serra says he can tie his own shoes for the first time in a while and will begin training soon.


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