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Matt Serra is a grandmaster of the B!@$# Slap, in all its forms. Below he eats one of the most famous spinning strikes in UFC history, courtesy of Shonie Carter at UFC 31 in 2001; The Terra dubbed it the "Spinning B!@$# Slap."
Shonie Carter spinning backfist against Matt Serra pic.twitter.com/OELBwvBTlk— Connoisseur of Combat (@ConOfCombat) April 20, 2020
And during TUF 4, Serra delivered one of the great verbal B!@$# Slaps in mixed martial arts history. Coach Marc Laimon had been asked by MMAYou.com to rate Royce Gracie's MMA and BJJ skills, following the loss vs. Matt Hughes at UFC 60 in 2006.
"It’s pretty poor. It’s actually s*** if you want to not mince words. It's pretty awful," replied Laimon. "Matt Hughes SMASHED him on the ground. Took him down, passed his guard, took his back, and mounted him. I think Royce is maybe like a good blue belt, maybe a purple belt. I don't think he's very good at jiu-jitsu at all. He happened to be doing it at a time when the level was so low, having Jiu-Jitsu was like having a weapon. It was like having a gun or a knife in a fight. People don’t know what’s going on, they didn’t know what to do, they get caught in stuff. Once people started to study the game, video tape doesn't lie, once you start studying footage, and understanding the principles and concepts of jiu-jitsu, you realize it's nothing magic. It's just you gotta know where to put your arms and what to do. You see Matt Hughes, a guy from the Midwest, who's a wrestler, basically made Royce look like a white belt. I just think his level of jiu-jitsu is very very low."
Laimon repeated the opinion when Hughes asked if he had enjoyed the win vs. Royce.
“I knew his jiu-jitsu sucked," replied Laimon.
The response from Serra was epic.
CLASSIC TUF MOMENT: Matt Serra checks jiu jitsu coach Marc Laimon for talking bad about Royce Gracie on TUF season 4 like only Matt Serra can. pic.twitter.com/9fviQ84Dp6— Freelance Goon (@FreelanceGoon) August 27, 2020
Serra is also infamous for a three-word remark, after Serra-Longo fighter Chris Weidman aggressively checked an Anderson Silva low kick, and "The Spider" suffered a horrific leg break. But Serra later apologized for that one, and provided context, so even as it will never be forgotten, it doesn't go on any GOAT lists.
"I heard the thing, and then at first, I was like, ‘Oh, what did [Ray] Longo say?' Then I was like, ‘Oh man, f***, that was me," explained Serra on The MMA Hour, as transcribed by MMA Mania. "None of us saw what happened. We saw him just drop, and I didn't see Chris throw strikes. For two months, me and Longo are talking every night - ‘Alright listen man, he does this, he does these shenanigans. This is where he's going to f*** him. This is where the kid's going to f*** him. This is where Chris is going to get him. If he gets him here on the floor, I swear this is where he's going to f*** the guy.' This is how we talk. I hate to say it, but I'm being honest with you. As far as Chris, we even tell him the mentality and all the mystique of this guy, ‘No, f*** him dude. He's stepping into the cage with you.'"
"I didn't see it until the next day on how that thing broke. We're not heartless pricks, we're not bad sportsmen. He's got kids, he's got people who love him. The first thing I did when I knew it was me, is I got [Silva's manager] Ed Soares' number, and I gave him a call. If I hurt anybody's feelings, of course Anderson's kids, his wife, and everything, I do apologize. That definitely did not come out of a bad place or negative place."
Serra, Renzo's Gracie's first American black belt, went on to play a pivotal role in the development of a number of top fighters including Chris Weidman, Aljamain Sterling, and Al Iaquinta, among many others. Laimon too has enjoyed an illustrious coaching career, helping improve the ground games of Bas Rutten, Mark Kerr, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddel, and Johny Hendricks, among countless others. And Laimon is on the other side of the highlight reel for one of the great verbal beatdowns in MMA history. Post a better one below.