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Mark Coleman injured by Father Time

Jeez, what a surprise! Mark Coleman has injured his knee and is out of his fight against Brock Lesnar. We didn’t see that coming at all. Mark Coleman is 43 years old and he (allegedly) used to put his body through some pretty hardcore juice cycles. One or the other would have been good enough to put the chance of injury during training up around 30% to 40%. Add ’em together and we were just waiting for the inevitable.

The UFC released an article plus an email, with Lesnar’s opponent described as “TBD” aka “To Be Determined”. Not “To Be Announced” … “To Be Determined”. I’m probably looking too much into this, but I read that as something of an admission that Joe Silva has no fucking idea who the hell they’re gonna put Brock Lesnar up against now. For all the circus aspects of a Lesnar vs Coleman fight, it was a very smart booking – the UFC’s answer to Kimbo vs Tank. Aging legend passes the torch to newb … the two matched up in styles so there’d be no Mir-like surprises, but Lesnar had way more firepower. It was perfect.

Now the UFC is stuck trying to find someone else who fits the bill. Or not. Since they’ve now got GSP vs Fitch headlining the show, are they going to try and find another ‘name’ fighter to compete against Brock or just give him some random scrub like Justin McCully?

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy) says:

    I think you have to give him a scrub or two.

    Test how capable and serious he is about the sport, then give him a new contract when he’s ready to actually fight capable guys.

    On the other hand, Lesnar v. Gonzaga would be a very interesting fight to me. It’s more of a fight than Lesnar deserves, but they let him fight Mir.

  • Nachtfalter says:

    Maybe know they’ll introduce fat fuck Mark Kerr into the Hall of Fame and feed him to Brock. Or what other washed up wrestlers can we think of?

    If I was the UFC I’d actually be afraid to give the nod to Justin McCully (even though he popped into my head, too, for some reason) because even though the guy is pretty much a boring loser, he does have some Jiu-Jitsu skills (most of his wins are via submission) and we all learned that Brock can’t defend even basic submission attempts. I think they’re gonna find some other has-been who’s even less significant nowadays than Mark Coleman is.

  • Nachtfalter says:

    BTW, Ryan, you kinda buried the lead news here. That being a new non-shitty main event (GSP/Fitch) upgrading UFC 87 to a must-see event.

  • They should get “Roid Rage” Randleman to replace his white clone.

  • Swedish guy says:

    Bring back Ken Shamrock? 😀

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  • Zurich says:

    Randleman is an interesting choice, esp. being a former HW champ and all.. but if I were the UFC, I’d be afraid that he’d KO Lesnar with that sick left hook of his. Then again, off the juice, who knows how much Randleman has…

  • dignan says:

    Bring in Barnett.

  • Amy says:

    I say Bob Sapp or Semmy Schilt…be very amusing to say the least.

  • crs says:

    No way they give him Gonzaga. If he can’t beat Mir, he has even less of a chance against Gabriel.

    The Japanese that follow UFC would furiously masturbate at the news of Sapp-Lesnar. But I’m pretty sure Sapp demands a lot more money than Dana gives to the usual can.

    Dana should have held off on firing O’Brien because he would be a perfect match up for a Brock show case fight.

  • Spork says:

    Coleman out is good news imo, now theyll have to throw Lesnar someone less notable but probably more skilled.

  • Fred says:

    How can Coleman be 43 years old when he was in his late 30s back in the late 90s?

  • kentyman says:

    Hard work and dedication.