When UFC legend Matt Serra traveled to Las Vegas to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, he had no idea he’d be adding another fight to his record. However, that’s exactly what happened when Serra had an encounter with an unruly customer at a restaurant the night before the induction ceremony.
While eating dinner at the Grand Café at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Matt Serra, a former welterweight champion with the UFC, observed a drunk man harrasing the restaurant’s employees. Serra eventually decided he’d seen enough, and he confronted the man. Needless to say, when the drunk man got aggressive with Serra, it didn’t go well for him.
Here’s the footage of the incident:
Matt Serra Describes the Encounter
When Serra appeared on the UFC Unfiltered podcast a few days after the incident, he described his encounter with the drunk man as follows:
“We’re eating at the cafe, and this couple comes in that’s out of their mind drunk. She passed out the second she was in there. He left, came back, left, but then he started getting really, really nasty to the staff—cursing, just [being] totally drunk, loud, obnoxious, rude. Then he starts throwing stuff at the waiter as he’s walking by and yelling to the point where everybody is stopping and looking.”
“I was almost out of there! I was almost in the clear. My waiter is bringing me the check, and then he gets up and he goes after my waiter. [The man was] just a drunk moron, and he had his fists clinched. He was throwing s**t at the other waiter, [then he turned to face] me and my family. So, he’s drunk and something’s gonna happen. This guy is hitting him or he’s gonna throw something, and my family is behind me. So, I stood up, and then he directed everything towards me the second I stood up. ‘You! I’ll fight you!’”
Serra then explained how things turned physical, saying:
“[T]he second he took his shirt off, I don’t know if he went to swing, but I just neutralized that s**t. I stepped right in, got him around his waist. My wife, she goes, ‘When you went in I thought that you were gonna slam him. You let him down so gently!’ Dude, he just, like, melted when I grabbed him. He folded to jelly. So, I got him around the waist [and performed a] basic takedown. I gave him a free BJJ lesson.”
Serra also described the BJJ technique he used to subdue the drunken man, saying:
“I put him on the ground, I mounted him. His mount defense, his elbow escape, and his trap and roll were not there.”
At the conclusion of the incident, the intoxicated man was led away in handcuffs. Luckily, due to Serra’s high-level BJJ skills, no one was injured during the incident.
Here’s a clip of Matt Serra speaking with KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas about his encounter with the drunk man:
Who is Matt Serra?
Matt Serra is a former professional MMA fighter. In addition to being a UFC Hall of Fame inductee, BJJ black belt, and former UFC welterweight champion, Serra is the co-star of “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” and co-host of the official podcast of the UFC, “UFC Unfiltered.”