Champ's French kiss-off

JOSE RODRIGUEZ -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

MONTREAL -- UFC welterweight champ Matt (The Terror) Serra has a message for uptight Quebecers who take offence to his use of the word 'Frenchy': Watch Talladega Nights, have a chuckle and lighten up.

Serra drew the ire of Georges St. Pierre and many of the Montreal native's Francophone fans when he referred to St. Pierre as Frenchy and said "drink your red wine, go to your hockey game and shut up."

The outburst was in response to St. Pierre saying he took the last Serra fight lightly.

"If you called me a little Italian guy and told me to eat a meatball hero, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it," said the 33-year-old champ.

"I don't care if he's French, Greek, Irish, I couldn't give a rat's ass."

The resident UFC movie critic, who e-mails his reviews to other fighters, said he was referencing a character from Will Farrell's Talladega Nights that is portrayed as an over-the top, snobbish Frenchman.

"I'm a jokester. That's all that was," said Serra, who has a pro record of nine wins with four losses.

But St. Pierre said Serra is ignorant of Quebecers' pride and sensitivity.

"He made a mistake," said St. Pierre, who will take on Serra in a title rematch Saturday night at UFC 83 at Montreal's Bell Centre.

"He didn't only insult me, he insulted the whole Francophone population. He probably doesn't know how bad it is for him."

In their last outing, 10-1 underdog Serra -- who got his title shot by winning The Ultimate Fighter reality show -- surprised the fight world by beating St. Pierre with a TKO less than four minutes into the fight.

Serra said he intends to show fans lightning can strike twice and expects to be booed at every turn while here.

"I've got a lot of people cheering for me back home and all over the world," he said. "If I get some boos here, I'll know what it's like being Tim Sylvia fighting anywhere," Serra said, in reference to the former heavyweight champ who has been criticized by fans and critics as one of the most boring fighters in the history of MMA.

But Serra still scratches his head at his underdog status -- this time pegged conservatively at five-to-one.

"It's like everyone is looking past the last fight," says Serra.

"I hear (UFC president Dana White) saying things like, 'The old Georges St. Pierre is back.' Kinda like the guy I beat before wasn't Georges. I mean, who was he, a freaking stunt double? It sure looked like Georges St. Pierre, had the same accent and everything. Gimme a break here.

"If everything goes right for me Saturday night, is it the best three-out-of-five?"

UFC 83 will be Serra's first fight in over a year after he was forced to turn down a title defence against Matt Hughes due to a back injury.

St. Pierre stepped in and disposed of Hughes in a dominant display of striking and groundwork earning an interim title as Serra remained sidelined. Saturday's bout will unify the belts.

The card has already made history as the fastest sellout in the fight club's history with all tickets sold in less than an hour.

It will make history again when the 21,000 fans take their seats as the biggest mixed-martial-arts show to be held in North America.

St. Pierre says his sense of pride cannot be overstated.

"It's a great response by the fans and this is like a dream come true," said the 26-year-old, who has a pro record of 15-2.


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