Matt Serra is the first American black belt in jiu-jitsu under Renzo Gracie. This is old news for most MMA fans.
Matt Serra also has some serious pop in those hands. Again, this is old news for most MMA fans.
But after two straight losses for the East Meadow native, here's something new: Matt Serra is victorious once again.
Serra dropped Frank Trigg with a huge right hook, then landed more punches to the fallen welterweight before referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in to stop the bout at the 2:23 mark at UFC 109 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
"I think the power comes from being so stocky," said the 5-foot-6 Serra (17-6). "I had been working a lot on my left, but what the hell, I'll take the right."
Trigg (19-8), a dominant wrestler, was standing upright and seemed to be handling Serra's early offensive, landing some jabs and glancing shots to Serra's head. Nothing of consequence, though.
"No disrespect, but when he hit me, I didn't feel it," Serra said. "
Serra said he wanted to keep the fight on the feet, where he had the advantage and didn't have to worry about getting caught in some of Trigg's well-regarded ground-and-pound.
"My daughter's 1-year-old birthday is next week," Serra said. "I was like, 'Oh man, I hope I don't show up like a cyclops."
Go enjoy your lasagna now, Serra.