Serra, Hughes to Coach TUF 6

By Staff Apr 21, 2007
Matt Serra (Pictures) and Matt Hughes (Pictures) will coach 16 welterweights during the sixth season of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter, UFC president Dana White announced during the international broadcast of UFC 70 from Manchester, England on Saturday.

Serra captured the UFC welterweight title two weeks ago today by stunning Montreal's Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) with a first-round technical knockout, the first of the Long Islander's eight-year mixed martial arts career. "The Terror" earned his title shot by defeating Chris Lytle (Pictures) in the finals of TUF 4, a season in which Hughes appeared as a guest coach and sparked up a rivalry with Serra.

Hughes was the division's dominant champion before losing his belt to B.J. Penn (Pictures) in January of 2004. The Illinois born-and-bred fighter rebounded to win six in a row, including a title-reclaiming submission over St. Pierre in Oct. '04 after Penn walked away from the belt. Hughes lost the title to St. Pierre in their rematch last Nov.

Though a fight between Serra and Hughes was not announced, it has been TUF tradition for coaches in the same weight division to battle in the Octagon at the conclusion of the show.
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