It was a pretty intense few days after the leg break heard round the world. Not only did we have to deal with the nuances of kick checking, but we heard Weidman’s corner celebrate Anderson’s injury and say ‘f*** him.’
It wasn’t something anyone wanted to hear, let alone sportsmen. Needless to say, Weidman’s team dropped down a notch in many people respect-o-meters.
However, it turns out Serra apologized. He explained on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour:
“I heard the thing, and then at first, I was like, ‘Oh, what did Longo say?’ Then I was like, ‘Oh man, f—-, that was me.’ …None of us saw what happened. We saw him just drop, and I didn’t see Chris throw strikes.”
“For two months, me and Longo are talking every night, ‘Alright listen man, he does this, he does these shenanigans. This is where he’s going to f— him. This is where the kid’s going to f—him. This is where Chris is going to get him. If he gets him here on the floor, I swear this is where he’s going to f— the guy.’ This is how we talk. I hate to say it, but I’m being honest with you. …As far as Chris, we even tell him the mentality and all the mystique of this guy, ‘No, f— him dude. He’s stepping into the cage with you.’”
“I didn’t see it until the next day on how that thing broke. We’re not heartless pricks, we’re not bad sportsmen. He’s got kids, he’s got people who love him. The first thing I did when I knew it was me is I got Ed Soares number, and I gave him a call. If I hurt anybody’s feelings, of course Anderson’s kids, his wife and everything, I do apologize. That definitely did not come out of a bad place or negative place.”