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'The Ultimate Fighter' contestants who became UFC champs, from Matt Serra to Kamaru Usman

“The Ultimate Fighter” has produced some of the best talent in mixed martial arts, and many have gone on to become UFC champions. In 28 seasons of the reality series, 11 fighters have reached the pinnacle, with numerous underdogs coming up big. The list includes Hall of Famers, two current champions, and top contenders who have delivered some of the most memorable finishes in UFC history.
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Georges St-Pierre Reunites With Matt Serra On UFC Unfiltered

Georges St-Pierre and Matt Serra are meeting for a third time under the UFC banner, just not how you expected. St-Pierre dropped by "UFC Unfiltered" with Matt Serra and Jim Norton on Wednesday. You can watch the full video above. Serra famously TKO'ed St-Pierre at UFC 69 in April 2007...
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Video: Matt Serra gives update on Aljamain Sterling corner snub

Sterling recently competed for his first UFC championship against then-champion, Petr Yan at UFC 259. His corner consisted of a very familiar face in longtime Serra-Longo Fight Team coach, Ray Longo, but saw a new addition in Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick, who Sterling worked with while out in Las Vegas.
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Video: Matt Serra And Aljamain Sterling Reunite, Working Together Again

It appears that any issues between UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and Matt Serra have been squashed. Serra, a former UFC Welterweight Champion, has been the coach for Sterling for years. He was not in Sterling’s corner at UFC 259 when the latter faced Petr Yan for the title. Sterling would end up winning the fight and title via disqualification after an illegal knee by Yan. Serra felt hurt by Sterling not being in contact with him, and only having Ray Longo and Eric Nicksick in his corner instead. He even stated he would retire from cornering fighters.
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What beef? Matt Serra says he and Aljamain Sterling 'will always be cool' despite corner snub

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Serra won’t be leaving Aljamain Sterling‘s side. Serra, Sterling’s longtime coach, last week opened up about his disappointment in Sterling’s decision to not include him in his corner for his UFC 259 title fight against Petr Yan. Serra was replaced by Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick, who worked with Sterling in Las Vegas ahead of the fight.
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(Video) Matt Serra Reconciles With Aljamain Sterling, Sends Message To Petr Yan

Matt Serra might have been left out of Aljamain Sterling’s corner at UFC 259, but he is still in the champ’s corner in life. There has been quite a run of controversies for Sterling, who became the first fighter ever to win a UFC belt via a disqualification. After an illegal knee was shot from Petr Yan, another series of shots would come for Sterling post-fight of UFC 259..
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Video: Matt Serra reunites with Aljamain Sterling, vows to help in title defense against Petr Yan

Aljamain Sterling has one less beef to worry about. Following a week in which he became the first UFC champion to win a title by disqualification, Sterling found himself publicly fending off all manner of critics in the aftermath of his fight with Petr Yan at UFC 259. Yan was disqualified after landing an illegal knee on a grounded Sterling in the fourth round, resulting in him forfeiting his belt.
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Matt Serra & Aljamain Sterling Show United Front After UFC 259 Fallout

Days after Matt Serra expressed that he felt hurt and disrespected by long-time pupil Aljamain Sterling, the pair have now affirmed that their relationship remains strong. Aljamain Sterling took part in the biggest fight of his career at UFC 259 when he challenged Petr Yan for the bantamweight title. One figure conspicuous by his absence was Matt Serra, someone who has been a mainstay in Sterling’s corner for the entirety of The Funkmaster’s UFC career. This decision was evidently made unilaterally by Sterling because Serra later stated on his UFC Unfiltered podcast that he felt blindsided by being excluded from the Sterling corner.
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Photo | Aljamain Sterling and Matt Serra reconcile following corner dispute at UFC 259

Aljamain Sterling and Matt Serra appear to be on good terms. In the lead-up to UFC 259, Sterling was training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and added Eric Nicksick to his corner. With the addition of Nicksick, Serra was removed from the corner, and the former welterweight champion admitted he was very upset by the news. The former UFC welterweight champion also announced his retirement from cornering fighters which caused a ton of backlash on Sterling, who was already feeling the heat following the illegal knee DQ finish in the Petr Yan fight at UFC 259.
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Matt Serra Breaks Silence On Aljamain Sterling Snub In Emotional Revelation

Long-time coach axed from star’s corner. Given silent treatment for three-days in lead up to UFC 259. Confirms cornering retirement. Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra has broken his silence on bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling’s recent decision to ax him from his corner. A long-time coach of Sterling’s, Serra, like...
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Why Matt Serra will no longer corner fighters

Heading into his successful (via disqualificiation) title shot vs. then bantamweight champion Petr Yan, Aljamain Sterling was cornered in every fight since CFFC 30 in 2013, by UFC Hall of Famer Matt Serra and Ray Longo. The sole exception was a performance bonus-winning submission of Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250 on June 6, 2020, and that due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Sterling also earned his black belt in jiu-jitsu under Serra.
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Matt Serra Retires From Cornering, "Hurt" By Aljamain Sterling

Matt Serra is exiting the cornering game with a broken heart following Aljamain Sterling's fight with Petr Yan at UFC 259. Serra made the announcement on a new episode of UFC Unfiltered. The former UFC welterweight champion explained his absence from Sterling's corner at UFC 259. “When I found out...