How Foot Stamps Changed the Course of MMA History
Matt Serra used foot stamps to change MMA history and demolish GSP
Have never supported government hand me outs like food stamps, and I don’t feel much different about foot stamps. Lotta fight fans don’t even know it’s a thing, a grown man tryin’ to stamp another man’s foot. It ain’t natural, ain’t right, and it sure as shit ain’t a part of fighting. For those who refuse to believe such a thing exists, let me take you back.
The date was 11/11, the year 2006.
The Ultimate Fighter season 4 finale, the comeback season where winners fought for the UFC title. The welterweight finalists were Chris Lytle and Matt Serra, competing for a whack at the greatest welterweight of all time, Georges St. Pierre.
The fighters start out normal, until Matt Serra pushes Lytle against the fence and starts stamping at his feet like he’s puttin’ out a fire. The referee don’t know what he’s looking at and lets it go. Stamp! Stamp! My toes hurt just watching it. At that point, I put some professional wrestling on. No way I’m watching two adult males playing footsies. It’s too weird for me. That is a women’s self defense move, and it should stay that way. But here’s where things get tricky. Matt Serra, unpenalized for his antics in the cage, wins the fight, and goes on to score an unbelievable upset by knocking Georges St. Pierre into another dimension and becoming champion of the world!
Not only did he earn his title shot by stamping on another man’s foot, he won the belt by swarming a GSP who was obviously terrified of having his toes jammed.
Georges debuted a new defensive tactic to prevent having his feet stamped on, and in the process was hit with heavy punches. Fake stamp low, punch high. Oldest and dirtiest trick in the book. Just the potential of the foot stamp is enough to make a man weary. I’ve cried for hours on end after jamming my toe on the corner of a table, and I’m tough as they come.
As you can see, the history of the sport as we know it has already been altered by this bizarre technique. To each their own, but I much prefer to leave foot stamping to ladies in heels outside of the cage.
Pat Riot Jones