I’m so sick of seeing rankings that place Matt Serra up at #2 or #1 based on the fact that “he’s the champion” and “he beat Georges St Pierre”. Let’s be honest here: 49 times out of 50, Georges St Pierre will beat Matt Serra. In fact, looking at MMAWeekly’s welterweight top 10 list, I see several other welterweights who would no doubt be heavy favorites with the bookies if Serra was to fight them: Jon Fitch, Matt Hughes, Karo Parisyan, Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez. Fuck, I bet even Josh Koscheck would be favored over Serra.
Here’s how you can tell that Serra’s ranking is way out of proportion: where do you think he’s going to drop to when he loses to GSP at UFC83? It will be an instant drop down to 7th or 8th place on most lists. Past that I’m sure some people will allow him the honor of losing to Matt Hughes afterwards before they drop him off the top 10 list completely.
Hey, I understand that rankings are generally full of shit and all that. There’s certain rules regarding champions for the UFC needing to sit up at the top of the list for appearances’ sake. But Matt Serra ain’t number 2. He ain’t even number 3, 4, 5, or 6 either. He’s just a guy who landed a good punch. That might have made him the champion for now but don’t let it delude you into thinking he deserves a spot up at the top.