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Matt Serra to NY Legislators: Please Let Me Fight in Front of a Crowd That Likes Me

(Most honest post-fight reaction…eva.)

Strong Island native Matt “The Terra” Serra has penned a piece for Newsday appealing to New York legislators to lift the ban on MMA and regulate events in his home state.  He makes some of the same arguments we’ve all been making/hearing for years – it brings in money, it isn’t that violent, it’s not as bad as boxing, etc. – but Serra is in the unique position of being able to lead with this very personal appeal to emotion:

Last April, I fought Georges St. Pierre in a rematch of the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title match. Our sport is banned in New York, and this fight was held in Montreal, St. Pierre’s hometown. The sold-out crowd of 21,000 was less than welcoming – everywhere I went that weekend, I heard jeers and boos. When I eventually lost the match, the cheers for my opponent were deafening.

In my eight-year career with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts league, I’ve fought in New Jersey, Connecticut, Las Vegas, Texas and Montreal. But because of New York’s ban, I’ve never competed in my home state.
I’ve never had the excitement of hearing a sold-out crowd at Nassau Coliseum chant my name as I entered the Octagon – our sport’s answer to the boxing ring. I’ve never been able to compete in front of all my friends and family.

Seriously, New York.  What is your problem?  That nice Matt Serra just wants to be bathed in the warm and unconditional love of an arena full of fight fans.  Where is that supposed to happen if not in his own backyard?

Serra also cites the study from Johns Hopkins that found MMA to be no more injury-riddled than boxing (though with fewer brain-damaging knockouts), and extols the virtues of Bruce Lee movies.  It’s a well-written argument.  But something tells me Bob Reilly isn’t going to be swayed by "Enter the Dragon."  Now "Black Belt Jones," I dare Reilly to sit through that and not be moved.

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yuntian- November 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm
speculation that Coach Outlet France could soon senior credit strategist at Bank investors are increasingly concerned
Daddy Lupo- March 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm
he said something intelligent for once in is life
Quasicholo- March 20, 2009 at 5:56 pm
Fuck Bob Reilly! WAR Serra!
Dagnut- March 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm
I actually do respect Sera a lot...should he be fighting @ 170 but?
NateGetsIrate- March 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm
@ And as El Guapo always:

Fuckin Aye, lol!
And as El Guapo always- March 20, 2009 at 2:32 pm
I think Serra's letter was too nice, they need Baroni to write a letter like "yo New York stop being pretty boy faggots and let me fight at the garden.

Sincerely yours, the Brooklyn brawler comin straight outta New York, AKA the man AKA, the best EVA!!! AKA Phillip Baroni.
Bryce - March 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Matt serra is a champ, good sport and pretty humble down to earth dude considering he could wipe out 90% of this sites readers in under 2 min.
Matt Serra- March 20, 2009 at 1:49 pm
You guys are priceless on here. Bunch of 'never fought' Marc Laimons.
dbugz- March 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm
LMAO stfu matt no one likes you. lol
The Mask's Ghost- March 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm
I am waiting for this man in hell.
Dagnut- March 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm
He should try and emulate Marcus Davis,get a fight in Italy in ufc 111..tell everyone he's Italian the crowd will go wild when he comes out to the Mario brothers theme tune.
WANG CHUNG FIGHTER - March 20, 2009 at 12:00 pm
HA. I say Jon "Bones" Jones changes his nickname to BLACK BELT JONES. That would be the shit.
Douche Machine- March 20, 2009 at 11:58 am
Serra's a bonesmoker. When Drago's your sensei it's time to find a real camp and drop down to lightweight.

In that picture he's sporting the classic "Tufguy's Saturday night kneeling in the truck stop bathroom stall" facial expression.
Anonymous- March 20, 2009 at 11:54 am
"Yeah, it was nice seeing Serra knock the fuck out of georgie. Serra-St Pierre 3 in Madison Square Garden anyone?"

nah dude, it would be total annihilation.
Anonymous- March 20, 2009 at 11:46 am
Pete Sell. LOL.
The Juice- March 20, 2009 at 11:32 am
We've been here before! Hammafist elbows, shonie!
Little Dan- March 20, 2009 at 11:18 am
Are New Yorker's really that interested in MMA that they are going to pack an arena to see Serra? I mean between the Giants, the Jets, the Yankees, the Islanders, the Rangers and those street mimes do they really have time for MMA!
google - March 20, 2009 at 11:14 am
thats more like it!!!!
TMD- March 20, 2009 at 11:08 am
OMG I spit water across the room and out my nose when I read this!!!!!!

Best comment ever!
Bryan- March 20, 2009 at 11:01 am
The El Famous Burrito comment...
Darkside- March 20, 2009 at 11:00 am
Yeah, it was nice seeing Serra knock the fuck out of georgie. Serra-St Pierre 3 in Madison Square Garden anyone?
Bryan- March 20, 2009 at 11:00 am
That is possibly the funniest comment I have read on here EVER!!!
MAD MIKE- March 20, 2009 at 11:00 am
war machine is a douche bag for life...
rokabee- March 20, 2009 at 10:58 am
what happened to serra's bicep?
slapjaw ackrite- March 20, 2009 at 10:56 am