Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 5/23/13
What? I thought Matt Serra (pictured) was already retired? That’s probably what most mixed martial arts fans were asking when they heard the former UFC welterweight champion has decided to “walk away” from MMA. On April 5, the 39-year-old spent four days in the emergency room to have a rib removed. Serra told NewsDay that was the telltale sign that it was over, although it’s still a tough pill to swallow. “It’s hard to say it,” Serra stated. “It’s like you can’t say it, even though it probably is true. I would love to put closure on my career with one last fight at the Garden, but at the same time, if that doesn’t happen, I definitely consider myself done. It’s hard to say the ‘R word.’ I might never say the ‘R word.’ “I really think I’m walking away. I’m going to be 39, I just had my rib taken out. I’m having my third kid. My schools are doing well. What am I doing, looking for another pay day? It’s not really for that. I mean, it doesn’t stink, but it’s not real
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