Public Enemy No. 1 Matt Serra got an unexpected reception when he arrived at his hotel room. A pair of fans, from Montreal nonetheless, were waiting to get their picture taken with the welterweight champ.
"I thought everyone here was supposed to be booing me," the UFC welterweight champ joked. The jovial New Yorker will take on hometown boy Georges St. Pierre Saturday night in the main event at UFC 83.
TEAM BOCEK LOOMS LARGE
Toronto's Mark Bocek arrived in Montreal with an impressive entourage. The ground specialist who will take on The Ultimate Fighter 6 winner Mac Danzig will have former Pride superstar and UFC contender Dan Henderson in his corner Saturday. Bocek has been training with Henderson's Team Quest in Temecula, Calif., in preparation for Danzig.
HUERTA COVERS HOMEBASE
Lightweight standout and Sports Illustrated cover boy Roger (El Matador) Huerta is currently in negotiations to be on the UFC 87 card in his adopted hometown of Minneapolis. The most obvious scenario would be for Huerta to take on Kenny Florian, with the winner getting a shot at the title. Huerta smiled at the suggestion but wouldn't confirm that Florian will be his next opponent.
THE NATURAL BACKS GSP
MMA legend Randy (The Natural) Couture can't say enough good things about Canadian fight fans. He also likes Georges St. Pierre's odds in the main event. "I'm telling you when Georges wins that fight, the fans are going to tear that arena down, it's going to be something."
FLORIAN BOOKED FOR BOOTH
Lightweight contender Kenny Florian will replace regular UFC colour commentator Joe Rogan for UFC 83. Florian, who is coming off an impressive win over fellow Bostonian Joe Lauzon, will share the broadcast duties with Mike Goldberg for the pay-per-view portion of UFC 83.
ST. PIERRE ONE TO WATCH
Huerta will be in St. Pierre's corner come Saturday night and says fight fans are in for a treat. "He looks even better than he did in his last fight against (Matt) Hughes," said Huerta.