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Breaking into the U.K. is still a battle, and they’re just starting to dip their toes south of the border, but the UFC’s foray into Canada can now be considered a big, fat, stinking success. Dave Meltzer estimates that UFC 83 brought in as many as 650,000 pay-per-view buys — which would tie it for the third best-selling PPV event in UFC history — on the strength of a record number of Canadian buyers (estimated at about 100,000).

Expect the UFC to return to the Great White North on a recurring basis; and expect those events to be The Traveling Georges St. Pierre Roadshow. You thought Marcus Davis was typecast as “the guy who always fights in the U.K.”? Ho baby. GSP is a true star in Montreal now, and the UFC will be giving the new fans what they want. Now if they can only find a couple of other Canadian fighters to give a marketing push to, because right now they’re stuck with that one guy, and the other one, and what’s-his-face, and the dude with the crazy hair.

Somewhat related: Travis Lutter thinks Matt Serra should be worried about his job security after UFC 83. In an interview with FightHype, he said:

“I would guess Serra will have a similar fate as me if he loses the Matt Hughes fight…I mean, he was in the same locker room with me, Kalib and I think there were five other fighters that shared a locker room with him that night. Usually, the main event guys and the guy that has the belt get the nice locker room and stuff like that and here he is with one of the most crowded locker rooms. It’s really strange. They wanted GSP to get that title back so bad and he is marketable, but so is Serra. Serra is as funny as they come, but I’m sure there is a rhyme and a reason in their eyes behind doing everything; it’s just unfortunate.”

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rhys- May 8, 2008 at 5:07 am
MAn, serra is a great fighter, that is why he is in the ufc. Hes got heavy hands, reasonably good wrestling and an amazing ground game, especially if hes on top (i will say he hasnt submitted anyone off his back for a while).

GSP is just a beast though, and stylewise he is a serious threat to almost any fighter in the world. first up he has great boxing, very smooth excellent kicks and very quick and athletic all around. If that does not give almost anyone problems initially (it wouldnt give anderson silva problems for example) he can take down absolutely anyone. so the only kind of fighter that could be a threat to GSP would be a fighter who has better striking then gsp, superior reach, and is either very dangerous off his back or is extremely squirmy and difficult to hold down once they are on the ground. I honestly think a guy like demian maia if he had better striking could be the answer to gsp if he move up in weight. Marcello garcia could probably do it if he had a kickboxing background as well.
serra loves the cock, just loves it- May 6, 2008 at 7:46 am
serra is typical NY trash. he talks a big game, gets lucky, then is finally exposed for the worthless fighter that he is. he is the phil baroni of the UFC. remember, he was on TUF: the comeback. as in, you group of rejects get to battle each other.
Charles Fuller- May 6, 2008 at 5:25 am
whats with all the serra haters.
BIGMG- May 6, 2008 at 4:40 am
I said Serra was a douche-bag and I was right, and to be totally honest, Hughes is a F****** douche-bag too. How is he humble, he think's he is god gift to the UFC. When he was a shitty champ. He is just like Sean Sherk, lay on top of the guy, and hump him until he submits. Matt Hughes is a JOKE. Not as bad as Serra, but still a joke.
come on- May 6, 2008 at 3:27 am
hughes and serra cant compete anymore. Plus theyre whack jobs
Eilrahc is a doosh bag- May 6, 2008 at 3:20 am
Eilrahc go join a f**ken bible club & bring matt hughes with you. Holy Sh*t man im usually not the one to post in the comment section but the little side show you caused is just too funny for me to ignore. Seriously dude, your a bigger asshole then hughes. This section is for comments about the ufc article, not about how many times you go to church in a week. Please keep your useless comments away from the mma forums cuz nobody gives a sh*t about what you have to say. I'm not going to be checking back to see your reply because idiots like you aren't worth my time.
brice- May 5, 2008 at 10:39 pm
GSP rules, serra blows. its as simple as that.

im not a huge hughes fan, but hughes will destroy serra.
BIG CHRIS- May 5, 2008 at 10:36 pm
When Matt Hughes asked the question "Who does this remind you of?" He had them read the book of Esther....and he asked them to figure out which character he related to the most....then after they tried to guess he looked into the camera, smiled, and said I am the Queen....He was the queen....all hail Queen Matt Hughes!!

He wasn't comparing himself to Jesus....he was saying that he was Queen, and after that last fight against GSP I totally agree!!! You are a good Queen Matt!!
Eilrahc- May 5, 2008 at 10:15 pm
Ok Rumbler, you got it all figured out. Being that I am a Christian and so is Matt Hughes I think it is appropriate to say you and others are attacking Christians. Not trying to be an internet martyr, just trying to own my responsebility. On that note, I'm out.
The Bloc- May 5, 2008 at 10:12 pm
all i wanna say is : BRING BACK DAVID LOISEAU.

also to the first comments about GSP always being a star in montreal, I dont think that,s what CP meant...he was known before, but by us, MMA fans, people who follow the sport.
If you'd asked a random dude on the street who GSP was, you'd have to get lucky to find one...hell when i was searching for bars that showed the UFC 83, I had a shit load of answers to the likes of: "what's a GSP?", "sure we'll show the UFC 83, it's on TVA right?(crappy tv channel)", "what's the UFC, isnt that that animal protection organisation?" or even the occasional "don't you think that 9am is a bit early for a rhum and coke?"

Now he's actually a real star, people who didnt know about the sport knows about it because of him.
Rumbler- May 5, 2008 at 10:08 pm

F*ck off.

Eilrahc, No one here is "attacking Christians" I was attacking you and Matt for making Christians look bad. Stop trying to make yourself out to be some type of internet martyr or something.


I will once again be a Matt Hughes fan when he accepts his first born son back into his life.
Wad- May 5, 2008 at 9:14 pm
You guys are a bunch of fucking tards. Leave the religious bullshit out of this MMA discussion. Hughes is a far more upstanding and respectful person than Serra and, yes, Serra will be all but forgotten after Hughes owns him. Serra will end up fighting in EXC if he's lucky. Maybe he'll end up in IFL or something.
Eilrahc- May 5, 2008 at 9:03 pm
I am in need of Gods grace just as much as anyone. Fortunalty Jesus came and died for all our sins. To attack me for calling someone a tool is beyond me, but to each their own. I apoligize for my actions. I am man enough to admit that, but I will not apoligize for standing up for my brother in Christ. For the ones claiming to be Christian you should stand up too, I was never saying that Matt Hughes was perfect, and I know before he was a Christian he had made some poor decisions and thought of himself highly (like most of us), but fact of the matter is he has eatin some Humble pie recently as I know the Lord is at work in his heart.

I do see the man as a role model, just as I see Rich Franklin as one too. To compete in a sport is not a sin, regardless if its MMA or Football. When you go around street fighting or trying to hurt people then it becomes sinful.

So attack me and Christians all you want, Jesus tought that the world would hate us anyways because we were not of it, but in it.
TheFeniX- May 5, 2008 at 8:34 pm
I never thought I'd see the day when someone actually defends Matt Hughes when he hands out bibles and asks the rhetorical question of "Who does that remind you of?" in reference to Jesus Christ. Matt Hughes doesn't strive to make better fighters on the show as Jesus strove to make those around him better people. He strives to use them as stepping stones so he can get more face time on TV and keep himself relevant.

Yea, real Christian-like values right there. Preach brother. He's not a role-model. If anything he's the antithesis of it. Don't get me wrong: I'd do the same thing, but then again I can admit I'm an asshole and constantly looking out for #1.

For all the Serra bashing out there, at least he gives two shits about the fighters he coached (even when he wasn't an official coach), unlike Hughes.
Anonymous- May 5, 2008 at 8:19 pm
Eilrahc... lol at u double morale bastard, first u called people names then u start preaching? Hahahaha, I bealive in God/Jesus too, but I dont call me a Christian or Catholic or whatever, I just bealive en God/Jesus and I try to do my best to become a better person, but I dont preach cause I know im a sinner and I know that its double morale to say one thing and do the opposite. But u... U act first like a bastard first then afterwards u preach to the people? And u strive to be perfect like Jesus?! I say get the fuck out of the internet and start diggin within our self. And get rid of that two face u have! Lmao at people like u, double morale bastards, gtfo! GTFO! GTFO!
Eilrahc- May 5, 2008 at 6:51 pm
Oh, I am sorry Rumbler you must have been Perfect before you became a Christian. I guess you are up there then, never making a mistake. Kudos to you!! I would say thank God for his Grace, but it sounds like you don't need to. Remember that sin is sin, there are no degrees or levels in Gods eyes, so having a child out of wedlock (before you were saved) and calling someone an ass is the same thing to God. Huh...
Rumbler- May 5, 2008 at 6:46 pm
Eilrahc...You sir are an ass. I'm a Christian also, but I would NEVER compare myself to Jesus...Let alone some guy who smashes faces for a living that had a son out of wedlock only to shun and disown him because the mother was a whore...Its not the child's fault that Matt liked to get drunk, boogie and bag sluts while not wearing a bag...Matt has a LONG way to go before he can make a comparison with any decent GOD fearing
Rumbler- May 5, 2008 at 6:35 pm
Ummm, Were going to need you to move your locker to the basement with the other fighter's. ummm yeah that would be great...Btw, I'm going to need that stapler too…umm yeah great.
Eilrahc- May 5, 2008 at 6:31 pm
Being a Christian brother, just as Hughes is, we are supposed to follow Christ as our example. He was perfect, blameless (sinless), and holy.We will never be perfect, but the bible tells us to strive for that, and when we fall short to embrace Gods grace. So to compare himself to Jesus is not being an Ego-maniac, Its following our saviors example.
Titi Ortiz's skank ho wife- May 5, 2008 at 6:25 pm
Serra gained some respect at the end of the fight. His whiny, bitchy voice and attitude was humbled, and he seemed like a decent guy.

I still want to see Hughes beat the living hell out of him.
TheFeniX- May 5, 2008 at 6:12 pm
Matt Hughes is humble? Have the people saying that even WATCHED his performances on TUF? I would call people who compare themselves to Jesus Christ "ego-maniacs," but that's just me.
Eilrahc- May 5, 2008 at 6:11 pm
Matt hughes = Cry me a river..... How old are you man?? Get a life you internet warrior, Just for the record GSP is my favorite fighter, but Hughes is a close second. For the Serra fans to think that he is still a contender because the first GSP fight is beyond me. He got LUCKY!!! Thats it, heavy hands or not, LUCKY! GSP took him lightly the first time, and the second time he dominated him just like HUGHES will. Matt Serra is a B- fighter at best and will not be remembered once Hughes takes him out as well.
Warcraft- May 5, 2008 at 5:26 pm
Please pull Matt Hughes cock from your lips. Serra is fighting above hes weight class and still KO'd GSP unlike any fighter before him. GSP didn't seem to wanna stand-up at all in the second fight I wonder why oh yeah he knows Serra has heavy hands.
Who doesn't like GSP he all class and honor what the sport needs.
Anonymous- May 5, 2008 at 5:25 pm
sgtbronco... not another one.

nowhere did i state that serra is "my" fighter, u suckas take everything outta context. i just wrote that hughes is a prick and that i would love to see serra kick his ass, but nowhere did i wrote that serra is my fav figther, cause he aint. if any gsp and anderson silva are, but not serra. serra is just the guy that stands up against hughes, wich i love to see. and like i wrote before, hughes is a blown up fart that needs to come down to earth.
like tito vs frank shamrock, i dont like shamrock as a fighter but i loved that stand up agains that bitch as tito, also rashad stood up against tito.

i just love the war in it all, and love to see punk ass shit talkers get ktfo!
sgtbronco- May 5, 2008 at 5:16 pm
I find it amusing that "Matt hughes = Cry me a river Says:" can't depend on his own fighter "Matt the Terrible Serra" and instead wants to talk about the fights between GSP and Hughes. Serra is the one who claimed injury so he didn't have to fight. GSP completely dominated Serra as Highes is going to do.