It doesn’t look like Mark Coleman is going to get the chance to settle the score with Tito Ortiz, at least not while Tito fights in the UFC anyways. According to Five Oz., the UFC has released Mark Coleman from his contract following his loss to Randy Couture.
It looks like it’s the end of the road between Mark Coleman and the UFC, as FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently been able to confirm through sources close to the situation that the UFC Hall of Famer has been released from the promotion following the recent defeat at the hands of fellow MMA legend, Randy Couture.
Coleman did not look like a fighter who belongs in the Octagon last Saturday night, but that doesn’t mean the UFC didn’t have a hard time coming to the decision to cut him. Apparently, no one in the UFC wanted it to end this way, but ultimately, they felt it was in Coleman’s best interests to let him go.
Instead, he’s a 45 year old man without a job. In tough economic times. With nothing on his resume except “cage fighter.” UFC officials think it is for the best. No one, a UFC insider told me, wanted to let Coleman go. But after Saturday’s shellacking at the hands of Couture, there was a feeling that stepping back in the cage was not in Coleman’s best interest. “It’s never easy for an athlete to hear it’s over,” a source close to the situation said. UFC officials felt, in good conscience, they couldn’t let Coleman fight again. “We were looking at a potential death in the Octagon.”
While the UFC may have made the right call, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to keep Coleman out of a cage like they intended. Coleman says he hasn’t been officially notified of his release yet, but if that’s the case, he’s going to continue fighting and amp up his training.
“I’m definitely going to keep fighting. I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on. I want to fight in the UFC. I want to beat Tito Ortiz — bad — but really I just want to fight in the UFC…I’m healthy. I’m really just very disappointed and I feel like I can do better. I have a lot I need to work on…I just need to train harder. I need to work harder.”
Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone can say they didn’t see that coming. For better or worse, Coleman is notoriously stubborn and in all likelihood will continue fighting much longer than he should.
Phillipe Nover (“The next Anderson Silva”) and Tim Hague were also cut from the UFC roster.
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