If I were to imagine how Dana White’s thanksgiving was going, I would have thought he was busy being thankful for UFC 79 having a solid lineup with not one but TWO high-caliber main events. He was probably thankful because UFC79 was going to wash the sour taste of UFC76 and 78 out of everyone’s mouths.
Of course imagination and reality are very different. Which is lucky for all women in the universe because in my imagination they are my sex slaves and I dominate them like a middle eastern warlord. As for Dana White’s shitty reality thanksgiving, he spent it being not very thankful that Matt Serra has just pulled out of his fight against Matt Hughes:
Serra will have to withdraw from the UFC 79 card on December 29th due to an injury sustained during training earlier this week.
The current UFC welterweight champion, who was scheduled to fight Matt Hughes on the year-end card, suffered a herniated disc in his lower back on Monday following a routine training session in his Long Island gym.
“This is devastating news because they were so looking forward to fighting each other,” said White. “Unfortunately injuries happen and I look forward to Serra recovering quickly, and to getting him back into the Octagon.”
Who knows what this means for the welterweight division … there hasn’t been a title defense since April and now it looks like things are on hold yet again, and God only knows for how fucking long. The interwebs are deepthroating a thousand and one names for who Hughes should fight instead of Serra, but I seriously doubt the UFC is going to risk fucking up all their TUF-related plans to stick Hughes in the ring against some random dude.
Sam Caplan thinks the UFC is gonna replace Hughes-Serra with another high profile match, and had this to say:
The UFC has been in this position before and have come through in the clutch so there’s no reason to think they won’t get creative and come up with a intriguing match to replace Hughes vs. Serra. However, due to the timing and limited availability of marquee names, they will no doubt be put to the test.
Uuuuh, there’s lots of reasons to think they won’t come through:
- Chuck vs Keith
- Rich vs Okami
- Bisping vs Evans
Dana White spent a month leading up to UFC78 trying to convince people that Bisping/Evans was a legit main event. I have no doubt they’re just going to slide Wand vs Chuck up, add an interesting but by no means groundbreaking match between some game lightweights, and call it a day. It’s not like there’s anything ‘wrong’ with Chuck vs Wand as a main event. It just sucks because Hughes/Serra and Chuck/Wand was like a one two punch for me.