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With friends like these…

The more I learn about Matt Serra and his gang, the less I like them. You might remember I wasn’t all that impressed when Matt Serra blackballed his friend Joey Scarola over leaving The Ultimate Fighter. Joey was an instructor at Matt’s school and the best man at his wedding. You can make all the arguments you want for why Serra was justified, but it just comes down to the fact that if Serra decides you’re bad for his image, he’ll deuce you out no matter how close you supposedly are. Oh, and guys from his posse like Pete Sell will shit on you too:

Fight Ticker: Do you have any thoughts on Joey Scarola?

Sell: (Laughs) We actually tried to stop Scarola from trying out. At dinner one night with Matt Serra, Ray Longo, Joey Scarola, and myself, Longo told him it would either be the best thing that ever happened to him or the worst. Scarola laughed it off. I think that Joey wanted the fame without the work. We have had no contact with him although he has reached out to Matt a few times.

Fight Ticker: Now on to a subject that I am sure will bring some interesting answers, what do you think of Matt Hughes?

Sell: My relationship with Hughes is simple — if I see him it’s hi and bye and that’s it. Hughes is very cocky and has to be the man — he is very pompus and a backstabber. Matt Hughes walks around like his s**t don’t stink and he craves attention and will take a shot at you when you least expect it.

Nothing like calling someone a backstabber after talking about how you ditched one of your close compadres. But hey … Scaroli quit the Ultimate Fighter. So fuck him, right? Yeah.

  • Lifer

    fuck him indeed! im down with ditchin’ bitches.

  • Jemaleddin

    I could get excited about this if Scarola weren’t such a pathetic loser… I mean, they might be mad at him for the TUF situation, but I’d ditch him for his generally douchey nature.

  • j

    I watched TUF6 and I could see why Serra says Hughes is a megalomaniac. OTOH, I just started watching TUF4 on DVD and now I think Serra is a bigger douche than Hughes.

    Serra vouched for Scarola and got him on the show. Then Scarola decides he doesn’t want to fight and goes home. When you vouch for someone, you put your reputation on the line too. I think it’s shitty that he basically disowned Scarola and fired him. OTOH, they’ve obviously known each other for quite some time so maybe this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Who knows what else he’s done? Maybe he was shitfaced at the wedding and leaned in to kiss Serra’s wife and threw up on her instead.

    If Serra really cared that much about his reputation and who he is associated with, I’m sure he would have dropped Sell like a bad habit too since he’s 1-4 in the UFC. But he hasn’t.

    Serra just rubs me the wrong way. He reminds me of the stereotypical loud-mouth, shit-talking New Yorker.
    I really hope he loses against GSP and then again to Hughes after that and gets kicked out of the UFC and no one hears from him again.

  • Dr. Gonzo

    You can’t have someone that does not follow something through to the end teaching at your gym. It goes against everything it takes to learn jiu jitsu, being dedicated and following it through to the end. Now ditching him as a friend all together? That might be excessive but they’re New Yorkers. Everything is excessive with them.

  • Lifer

    please no more OTOH lolz

  • Bryan

    I conducted this interview, if you are gonna tell the story you should tell the whole thing. Scarola did this all to himself, he constantly bitched & moaned and impeded Serra’s ability to coach his fighters by constantly asking to make a phone call to get in touch with his girlfriend of a whole month. Sell told the truth and he backed it up, he didn’t say anything about Hughes that hasn’t been said a million times. None of us know what was going on when the cameras stopped rolling.

  • Captain

    Apparently Sell called GSP a mental midget also. Now that’s fuckin hilarious. GSP might have mental issues but seriously, come on now and look who’s talking. Sell is a straight up grade A moron and he has to have the most most disproportionate skull to brain ratio ever. I mean have you seen that thing? I swear it’s getting bigger by the day.

  • MadMan

    Re: “the most most disproportionate skull to brain ratio ever.”

  • HexRei

    Bullshit. Serra put his own reputation on the line when he treated Scarola like his boy. He talked him up and made it clear that they were good friends. Then Scarola bitched out and gave his opponent a submission and bailed as soon as he could from the show. Serra gave him every chance he could.

    Fightlinker is bitches.

  • Xavier

    He warned him ahead of time that his friendship was riding on his decision and the guy still bitched out. That means he bitched out of the friendship too.

  • Rumbler

    Re: “the most most disproportionate skull to brain ratio ever.”

    Holy f*cking sh!t that was funny!

  • Cyrus

    Haha.. you guys are ruthless Jackal pieces of shit. It used to be “Bros b4 hoes” now it’s not even “Bros b4 zuffa” even with New Yorkers who used to be pretty damn solid when it came to sticking with ya till the end. Or, maybe just Matt Serra and his clique are a bunch of sell out pieces of shit. Yep. Can’t wait to see GSP fuck that whiny little backstabbing bitch. GSP’s a dude you got to love: The day I cannot drink my wine and eat my steak and enjoy my good friends and good company is the day I will no longer fight in the UFC. That’s the type of MOFO I would ride with.

  • GonzoDamon

    Exactly, Xavier, THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE!

    You really do seem to be going soft, Ryan… I don’t understand how you think a man is a bitch for removing negativity from his life. Scarola was nothing but a hanger-on and Serra had still done so much for him. I would drop a best friend in a New York Minute if they bitched out like Scarola, with a girl he’d only been with for a month, no less.

    The last time people were talking about this, someone near the situation entered the conversation and said that the girl had left Scarola a few months later anyway!! Funny shit!! Apparently, he was trying to make things work a little too much, I suppose trying to justify messing his whole life up for just another piece of ass.

  • Random Acts of Kindness

    FL I love you guys in the most manly, metrosexual way possible, but I’m on the opposite end of the table on this one. Joe’s a tool, and Serra just calls it like it is. Can’t fault him for that. I’m sure 99% of Canadian MMA fans hate Serra though, so no big surprises.

  • RoB

    yeah i think ryans professed love for gsp is blinding his eyes to the fact that what serra did proves just how badazz he is!!!! all you guys are just fuckin Deeeeekheads

  • RenzoHatfield

    Despite Serra being a complete douche sometimes, i feel he is completely justified. Aside from the whole TUF thing, Scarola also opened up a gym less than a mile away from Serra’s gym in Long Island. Not only that, but i saw Scarola and his team at a grappling tournament yesterday and they were wearing shirts that had a logo on it that looks suspiciously like the queer snake eyes logo of Serra’s team.