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?