Matt Hughes keeps it cool, Rashad Evans gets personal

Steve Cofield as usual, delivers another great interview, this time with former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes just three days prior to his UFC 98 fight with Matt Serra. Hughes is in his hotel room in Vegas getting some rest before Friday’s weigh-ins. Reports had been coming out that Hughes has bulked up for this fight and you can tell. Serra will be dealing with a bull on Saturday.

Interview with Rashad Evans after the jump…

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PRO MMA’s UFC 98 staff picks

For each of the big show cards we like to get the opinions of a few of the PRO MMA (promma.info) staff writers to share who they think will win and why.

UFC 98: EVANS vs. MACHIDA takes place this Saturday, May 23, 2009 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining the card will be a UFC Light Heavyweight Title Fight between “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon ” Machida.

Check out our picks and let us know what you think. Do you agree or disagree and why? Is one of the guys just completely off his rocker or is someone right on target? Feel free to share your picks as well. If you use our knowledge to win some money, we do accept tips.

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Matt Serra explains origin of bad blood with Hughes

On Saturday May 23, 2009, Matt “The Terror” Serra will face Matt Hughes in the main event at UFC 98 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Years of bad blood will finally come to a head as these two former UFC Welterweight Champions finally meet inside the Octagon.

Pro MMA Radio host Larry Pepe had the privilege of speaking to “The Terror” this past week as a guest on his weekly “Toe-to-Toe” segment. Serra talked about the origins of the bad blood between he and Matt Hughes and if he thought there was a chance this fight could put an end to the hard feelings.

Serra also discussed what he felt would be his advantage as well as the biggest downfall for Hughes coming into the fight. He also shared his thoughts on UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s recent performance, “Grease Gate,” and more.

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Remaining bouts confirmed for “UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida”

With a main event UFC Light Heavyweight Title fight between Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida and a highly anticipated bad blood match between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed with PRO MMA (promma.info) the remaining bouts for “UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida.”

UFC 98 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 23 and will air live on pay-per-view beginning at 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST.

Middleweight Drew McFedries (fighting out of Bettendorf, Iowa), has scored three UFC wins so far in his career, with all three coming in the first round. Now the Ames, Iowa native will face devastating striker Xavier Foupa-Pokam a.k.a. “Professor X” (fighting out of Paris, France). A Muay Thai specialist, Foupa-Pokam has compiled an impressive 20-10 mixed martial arts record and looks to make a name for himself in the UFC.

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Matt Serra UFC 98 video blog – day 3

This is “DAY 3” of Matt Serra’s video blog leading up to his big fight against Matt Hughes at UFC 98 on May 23rd. It is media day for Matt Serra and viewers go along with Matt as a guest on The Opie & Anthony Show, Fox News’ Fight Game, Jason Ellis’ radio show and … Read more

Matt Serra UFC 98 video blog – days 1 & 2

On Saturday May 23, UFC 98 is set to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The co-main event will feature the long awaited “bad blood” match between former UFC Welterweight Champions Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes. This is Matt Serra’s video blog leading up to the big fight.
DAY 1

“Day 2” after the jump…

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Houston Alexander out of UFC 98

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned from multiple sources that Houston “The Assassin” Alexander (8-4) has pulled out of his UFC 98 bout with Andre Gusmao (5-1) due to a broken hand suffered in training.

Alexander joins three other fighters, James Irvin, Josh Koshcheck and Yushin Okami, who have also pulled out of the card due to injury. Gusmao is still on the card and Krztsztof Soszynski has been confirmed as the replacement for Alexander.

Alexander was in dire need of a win after losing three straight fights to James Irvin, Thiago Silva and Eric Schafer. Alexander shocked everyone by knocking out top ten fighter Keith Jardine in the first round of his Octagon debut at UFC 71. He followed that up with another first round destruction of Alessio Sakara at UFC 75.

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PRO MMA exclusive interview: Mikey Burnett – “I will compete again”

Mikey Burnett knows about hard times. He has persevered through various personal issues, including a bitter divorce, and has been entrenched in a lawsuit for the past couple of years in relation to his appearance on season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback.

Despite the tough times and setbacks, Mikey Burnett is still standing, and is looking to come back yet again from his latest adversity, a severe neck injury that threatens his very livelihood.

It’s hard to believe he has been a part of the sport for so long, appearing way back at UFC 16, and then battling Pat Miletich at UFC Ultimate Brazil back in 1998 for the UFC’s Lightweight Title, which was later changed to the Welterweight division as we know it today.

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Finally it is going to happen

The biggest feud since Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock has to be the long storied feud between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. With injuries seemingly now in the past, the two rivals will finally meet most likely on May 23 at UFC 98 in Las Vegas.

In a recent interview with TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com) Matt Serra talked to the guys about his upcoming fight with Matt Hughes, his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter” and his predictions for the upcoming fight between George St. Pierre and B.J. Penn.

Serra, who has been out due to injury since last April has been dying to get back in the cage but has been waiting for his shot at Hughes. “I would like to get a little more action than that, but uh ya know you just play with the cards you’re dealt ya know what I mean,” Serra said. “Ya know I’m getting the fight I wanted. He is getting the fight he wanted and his wife wanted. Ya don’t forget her ya know.”

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