Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mark Coleman Apparently Injured. Tito Ortiz Says, "Who's next???"

According to Tito Ortiz's (15-6-1) twitter.com page, Mark Coleman (16-9) has pulled out of the pair's scheduled fight at UFC 106 on November 21st. It was set to serve as the co-main event preceding a heavyweight title fight between Brock Lesnar (4-1) and Shane Carwin (11-0).

Here's Tito's post:

Coleman,coleman,coleman to bad he sissies out!!! Who's next??? I'm kicking someone's ass on Nov 21st!

Now, Mark Coleman is a lot of things, but a sissy is not one of them. So it's pretty clear that he has injured himself in training, which comes as no surprise given his advanced age of 44-years.

***Edit: It turns out that Coleman suffered an MCL tear during training.****

The question now is, who will be scheduled to replace Coleman? This fight was obviously intended as an easy win for Tito designed to re-introduce him to the ever-growing UFC fan base. Tito has been out of action for almost a year-and-a-half, since his one-sided loss to Lyoto Machida (15-0) at UFC 84. In that time, Ortiz underwent major back surgery, which he says has given him a new lease on his MMA career, but he undoubtedly has some ring rust that needs knocking off. The point is, Tito needs to be matched up with a second or third-tier light-heavyweight, which rules out an obvious rematch with Rashad Evans (13-1-1). I propose a fight against Mark Colman's victim at UFC 100: Stephan Bonnar (11-6).

How about this, though? "Kimbo Slice" (3-1) has thrown his name in the ring as a possible opponent for "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy." It would definitely be an dream fight for the UFC to promote, but it would also be an extremely easy victory for a dominant wrestler like Ortiz. I don't think "Kimbo" can afford another one-sided loss at this point in his career. Judging by what I saw in his fight against Roy Nelson (13-4), "Kimbo" should keep his head down and stick to fighting strikers for at least another year. On top of that, it would be a significant cut for "Slice," a mid-sized heavyweight, to get down to 205 lbs. in time for the fight.

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