The same week he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, Matt Serra had to put his renowned Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills to use.
In a video posted on his Instagram page, Serra subdues a drunken patron at a restaurant at a Las Vegas restaurant. The former UFC welterweight champion keeps the man at bay from the mount position, telling him to “calm down,” until security arrives to intervene.
“How do you spend the night before your [UFC Hall of Fame] induction?” Serra wrote. “You subdue some asshole drunk that was threatening waiters then tries to swing on you.”
Serra described the situation in further detail recently on the "UFC Unfiltered” podcast:
“We’re eating at the cafe and this couple comes in that’s out of their mind drunk. She passed out the second she was in there,” Serra said. “He left, came back, left, but the he started getting really, really nasty to the staff. Cursing, just totally drunk, loud, obnoxious, rude. Then he starts throwing stuff at the waiter as he’s walking by and yelling to the point where everybody is stopping and looking. . .
“I was almost out of there! I was almost in the clear. My waiter is bringing me the check and then he gets up and he goes after my waiter - just a drunk moron and he has his fists clinched. He was throwing s**t at the other waiter, now he’s facing me and my family. So he’s drunk and something’s gonna happen. This guy is hitting him or he’s gonna throw something and my family is behind me, so I stood up and then he directed everything towards me the second I stood up. ‘You! I’ll fight you!’
“So he took his shirt off and the second he took his shirt off, I don’t know if he went to swing but I just neutralized that s—t. I stepped right in, got him around his waist — my wife, she goes, ‘When you went in I thought that you were gonna slam him. You let him down so gently!’ Dude, he just, like, melted when I grabbed him,” Serra continued. “He folded to jelly. so I got him around the waist, basic takedown. I gave him a free jiu-jitsu lesson.
“I put him on the ground, I mounted him. His mount defense, his elbow escape and his trap and roll were not there. So then the second I got him down I told my sister to film this. So you got it from there and you saw the rest.”
Serra, who was inducted into the Pioneer Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame last week, was a crowd favorite at the restaurant. He joked that he got a louder reception for his takedown of the disorderly customer than he did for defeating Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69. Ultimately, Serra’s handling of the situation was probably the best possible outcome for all involved:
“I took him down, I got a bigger applause then I did in my first GSP fight. The audience erupted,” Serra said. “They were still clapping by the time my sister started filming because that dude was as obnoxious as you can get. Yelling, screaming, making a scene, being vulgar. Total f—-ing d—khead.
“Even though he deserves to get smacked or something, the loser goes to the hospital and the winner goes to jail. I know there was no winning in beating up this guy but he definitely needed to be subdued because he was gonna hit somebody.”