Matt Serra “Walking Away” From MMA But Wants Final Fight At MSG

Matt Serra might not be using the word “retire” but nevertheless the welterweight veteran has hung up his gloves. Serra recently commented on his probable retirement in an interview with Newsday, stating he only wants a fight at Madison Square Garden could make him to climb back into the Octagon.

Serra, told Newsday the following:

“It’s hard to say it. It’s like you can’t say it, even though it probably is true. I would love to put closure on my career with one last fight at the Garden, but at the same time, if that doesn’t happen, I definitely consider myself done. It’s hard to say the ‘R word.’ I might never say the ‘R word.’

“I really think I’m walking away,” Serra continued. “I’m going to be 39. I just had my rib taken out. I’m having my third kid. My schools are doing well. What am I doing, looking for another pay day? It’s not really for that. I mean, it doesn’t stink, but it’s not really for that. Am I still trying to hold on for the glory? Glory is a drug, dude. I’m telling you, that’s the problem. It really is. I know why guys can’t walk away. I absolutely get it.”

    “I know I can still knock some of these guys out and be a threat on the ground,” said Serra, “but, at the same time, [my next fight] used to be that thing that made me happiest. Now, I whistle to work going to my schools. I love hanging out with my kids, my family. That’s something you never really anticipate or understand until you have a family. I love spending time with my girls. I’m a very involved dad.”

    Serra’s decision was partly foced by a recent health issue. The former welterweight champion noticed a pain in his left arm following a jiu-jitsu session at one of his schools. The pain eventually worsened, forcing him to drive to the emergency room at 2 a.m. following the ROC event.The fighter was diagnosed with two blood clots in his arm and another in his lungs. Serra’s doctor placed him on blood thinners to correct the problem, and removed one of hsi ribs which was compressing a blood vessel and restricting blood flow. Serra is expected to recover from the surgery in six to eight weeks, but will be required to stay on the blood thinners for another month before he can resume training.

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