Mark Coleman has confirmed to Sherdog.com that he has indeed injured his knee and will be unable to compete at UFC 106. At this point, all he will say is he’s “disappointed” until he hears from the UFC.
Coleman’s manager, Mike DiSabato, however has been more than willing to speak up on Mark’s behalf. Tito wants to fight someone else on Nov. 21, while Coleman’s camp wants to reschedule for UFC 108. So what’s a manager to do to convince the UFC this fight needs to be postponed instead of canceled? Well, DiSabato apparently felt launching a personal attack against Tito Ortiz and his girlfriend Jenna Jameson was the appropriate course of action.
“Mark Coleman is not a talker, he is a fighter. He is a Hall of Famer who has fought a Who’s Who of great fighters. Tito says “sissy”? Please. He can prove Coleman is sissy on January 2nd if he wants,” was DiSabato’s response to the comments during a conversation with Fighters Only.
“The only thing Coleman is afraid of when it comes to Tito is contracting swine flu from that dirty ass d-bag. We all know where he lays his head down at night. Tito wants to get personal with a legend? OK, let’s get personal – we can all go to our porn collections and watch what Tito sleeps with night after night.”
Wow, it really just went from Coleman’s a “sissy” to Tito’s girlfriend is a “dirty ass d-bag” in a few short sentences. Classy, DiSabato. The last time I called someone a sissy, they laughed. Why? Because no one ever seriously tries to insult someone by calling them a sissy. It’s a joke, funny, haha. And the swine flu? Is that really the appropriate virus in this context? No, I don’t think it is.
Anyways, as questionable (at best) as his method was, it became clear he was merely trying to bait Tito into rescheduling when he later said, “if Tito really wants to fight Mark he can ask Joe Silva to give him Coleman on January 2nd.” If Tito is as smart as he says he is and wants to stay on the UFC 106 card, he’ll just ignore DiSabato’s comments and wait for a replacement, but that’s not the Tito Ortiz you and I know, is it?
“When I said what I said, I was very emotional. It was me responding without thinking, and that’s not really my style,” the businessman said. “Where that came from was, I have been a friend of Mark Coleman for over 20 years, we were in college together, and I just jumped right in to defend him. I feel he deserves a lot of respect for his achievements in this sport and I feel he does not always get the respect that he deserves.”
“But in retrospect I should not have made those comments. It is not my style to talk about another man’s wife like that and it is not something that we want associated with Mark Coleman. Those comments were mine and not Mark’s but it is still not the kind of thing this sport is about.
“The sport should be about two athletes competing against each other and showing respect to each other. I acted emotionally, not rationally, and it was not really appropriate as Mark’s associate, as a manager and as a fan of the sport.”
“Some people like to get into all the trash talking but that is not the kind of company I want to run and not the kind of thing I am known for or want to be known for,” DiSabato said.
“So I would like to retract those comments and apologise to Tito Ortiz. I hope that Tito takes the fight with Mark for January and it will be a great fight. He and Mark are both great athletes and I look forward to the bout going ahead.”
Will Tito forgive and forget?
Update 2: Looks like Jenna is sticking up for herself.
“I am sad to see that Mark Coleman must rely on his mouthpiece to do his cleanup work for dropping out. He feels that taking personal stabs at my character, will help him get a payday with Tito,” Jameson wrote on Twitter.
“I chuckle at the fact that Tito’s opponents are so desperate, that they need to say terrible things about me,” she added. “Go ice your knee, Mark. Its a sad day in MMA when a fighter and his “manager” attacks a new mommy in order to get attention – wish him luck with rehab.”