In the above video, former PRIDE light heavyweight standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua discusses his anticipated rematch with UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman at this Saturday’s UFC 93 event, which takes place at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
“Countdown to UFC 93”, which will unfortunately not be airing on television in North America, is now available for free viewing on the UFC’s official website.
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – The world’s most exciting sport returns to the Emerald Isle as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization opens up 2009 with the star-powered UFC 93 card at the O2-Dublin in Dublin, Ireland on January 17, 2009.
In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009.
Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™ to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
After almost a year of inactivity, former PRIDE standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is currently targeting a potential return to action in December. His opponent for the UFC’s annual pre-New Year’s Eve show may be an old foe - none other than former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman.
Rua expressed his desire to fight Coleman and even went as far to say that a bout between the two is currently in talks to take place at the end of this year with Brazilian magazine Tatame. “I might face Coleman in December, but nothing has been signed yet,” Rua said in a recent article.
The two originally faced each other at PRIDE 31: Dreamers in February 2006. Coleman was declared the winner after less than a minute after “Shogun” broke his arm while being taken down to the mat. After the bout a brawl ensued between members of Coleman and Rua’s respective camps. Phil Baroni and Wanderlei Silva exchanged blows and Coleman even stomped on Silva’s face at one point. An apology from Hammer House to Chute Boxe was unaccepted and bad blood between the two teams remains.
Both are also coming off injuries. Rua’s scheduled showdown against Chuck Liddell for June was called off after Rua suffered a ruptured ACL in his left knee. Coleman was signed to take on fellow standout wrestler Brock Lesnar next month but withdrew from the bout due to a torn MCL. A Rua-Coleman matchup would likely narrow down the list of future opponents for new 205 lb. champion Forrest Griffin, who will now likely face the winner of Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans’ fall bout at the end of the year.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman’s return to the organization has been put on hold courtesy of a knee injury while UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will attempt to be successful in another first title defense as he takes on undefeated upstart Jon Fitch in the main event of UFC 87: Seek and Destroy in August.
The organization announced the addition and change to the fight card for the event earlier today.
Coleman was scheduled to take on former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar in his return bout. However Coleman reportedly tore his MCL and will be out of action for up to six weeks according to Sherdog.com. The injury will not require surgery. Lesnar will remain on the card and an opponent for him will be announced shortly.
St. Pierre avenged a prior loss to former champion Matt Serra last month, stopping the Long Island native in the first round. He will take on Fitch, a former collegiate wrestling standout at Purdue University, who has won all of his eight fights inside the confines of the UFC to date.
“The whole goal is to get the belt and be in the position where guys can’t duck me, run away, or say they don’t want to fight me,” Fitch said on UFC.com. “If I have the belt, there’s no excuse, and if you say you’re the best, then we’re gonna fight. This is gonna be a tough fight, but I’m gonna make sure I’m sharp that night, and wherever the fight needs to go, that’s fine with me.”
A bout between lightweight contenders Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian will also take place on the card, which will serve as the UFC’s inaugural event held in the state of Minnesota.
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Mark Coleman became the fifth inductee into the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Hall of Fame last night in front of a supportive 16,431 at the Nationwide Arena in Coleman’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
The unannounced induction came as a surprise to the fans inside the arena, who watched as Coleman was honored inside the cage along with his family by UFC President Dana White.
Fortunately for fans around the world, Coleman had a surprise of his own. The former UFC heavyweight champion announced that he will fighting inside the confines of the organization for the first time since 1999 when he takes on fellow amateur wrestling standout Brock Lesnar in August.
“I’m going to dedicate my life to my return,” Coleman told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan during an interview last night. “The fans want to see me. I’m going to do the best I can. Lesrnar is a beast. He’s an animal. Don’t bet the house against me though. I’m going to bring something for Brock Lesnar. I plan to beat his butt.”
The 43-year-old Coleman has not fought since being submitted by Fedor Emelianenko in October 2006. The former Olympic wrestler is one of only three other fighters that won multiple tournaments during the UFC’s early years. Coleman defeated the likes of Don Frye and Gary Goodridge to win tournaments at UFC 10 and UFC 11 respectively.
Coleman became the first UFC heavyweight champion in history when he submitted Dan Severn at UFC 12: Judgment Day in 1997. The founder of Team Hammer House is also widely considered to be the originator of the “ground and pound” style of fighting that has become a mainstay in the sport.
Frank Mir withered a barrage of punishment from Lesnar in his debut fight t at UFC 81: Breaking Point last month before submitting the genetic monster with a patented kneebar midway through the first round.
Justin McCully, who served as one of three special guests on a recent episode of HDNet’s Inside MMA, publicly stated that he was in discussions with UFC officials concerning a return fight from recent elbow surgery against the former professional wrestler. Obviously UFC officials went the other way.
Mark Coleman grapples with Fedor Emelianenko at PRIDE 32: The Real Deal. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is expected to induct Mark “The Hammer” Coleman into it’s Hall of Fame when the promotion travels to Coleman’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion on March 1st.
The news comes from our friends at Knockout Radio, who made the announcement last night on their show.
The former Olympic wrestler is only one of three other fighters that won multiple tournaments during the UFC’s early years. Coleman defeated the likes of Don Frye and Gary Goodridge to win the tournaments at UFC 10 and UFC 11 respectively.
Coleman became the first UFC heavyweight champion in history when he submitted Dan Severn at UFC 12: Judgment Day in 1997.
The founder of Team Hammer House is also widely considered to be the originator of the “ground and pound” style of fighting that has become a mainstay in the sport.
Coleman will become the fifth member of the UFC’s Hall of Fame, joining Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Royce Gracie, and Randy Couture as the others that have been inducted.
After watching UFC 79 and hearing all of the discussion about how Matt Hughes and Matt Serra were originally supposed to fight but Serra pulled out with an injury, I got to thinking. It wasn’t the first time that a situation like that occurred.
So I sat down and did some research. There were actually a good number of fights in the UFC that were signed and slated to happen but ended up not taking place for one reason or another. The final number was a lot higher than I expected so I went ahead and narrowed the list down to the fights that would have been the best if they were to happen at the time.
So here they are. I’ve sorted them starting with the most recent and excluding Hughes-Serra. Each instance is pretty interesting.
Evan Tanner vs Jeremy Horn (UFC 59): The two long-time MMA veterans were set to clash at UFC 59 in what was unofficially an “elimination” bout for the two of them. Horn had split his two return bouts in the UFC while Tanner had lost two straight, including his middleweight title. The bout would have been an interesting chess match between two slick grapplers but Horn ended up pulling out after injuring his back during training. Justin Levens replaced Horn and Tanner went on to submit Levens in the first round of their bout. Horn was released shortly after defeating Chael Sonnen at UFC 60.
Matt Hughes vs Karo Parisyan (UFC 56): After losing to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 46, Parisyan went ahead and racked up three straight wins over Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle, and Matt Serra to earn a title shot against then-champion Matt Hughes. The anticipated welterweight showdown was set to headline the event until Parisyan was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an elbow injury during training. Joe Riggs stepped in for Parisyan and ended up failing to make weight, costing him his shot at the title. Hughes would go on to submit Riggs in a non-title bout and wouldn’t defend his belt again until UFC 63, making it over a full year since the welterweight title was contested. To this day, Parisyan is still yearning for another shot at the title.
Next month’s showdown between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva will finally answer the age-old question that has been haunting the minds of MMA fans for years as to who would win between the two if they ever fought.
The winner of the fight will receive a huge momentum boost going into the twlight of their career. The loser? Well they will have lost three fights in a row. The list of fighters that have lost three fights in a row is astounding in terms of size. The list of notable fighters that have dropped three straight bouts is pretty big as well.
So what does it take to come back from nearly falling into obscurity? Here’s a look at some well-known fighters that came out on the wrong end of the stick three or more consecutive times and managed to turn things around and get back on the winning track.
Hermes Franca: After a stint where he went 2-2 in the UFC, Franca left the promotion to try and work on his skills in smaller promotions before returning to the big show. However Franca ended up dropping three consecutive fights to Yves Edwards, Koutetsu Boku, and Ray Cooper before the end of 2005. Franca rebounded with an 8 fight winning streak and found himself challenging Sean Sherk for the UFC Lightweight Title this past July.
Nick Diaz: After knocking out touted prospect Robbie Lawler at UFC 47, Diaz found himself being advertised as the future of the UFC’s welterweight division. Diaz ended up struggling for the rest of his UFC career and ultimately lost three straight fights to top competition in Sherk, Joe Riggs, and Diego Sanchez before finding himself out of a Zuffa-owned promotion. Diaz was brought back towards the end of 2006 for two fairly easy fights but ended up heading to PRIDE where he pulled off a huge upset over Takanori Gomi before the fight was changed to a no contest.
Tengiz Tedoradze:The Eastern Europe native became one of England’s top heavyweight prospects by 2004. Tedoradze then ran into a brick wall when he lost to Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva, and then Monson once again in three straight fights. Tedoradze turned his fortunes around by racking up a respectable 10-2-1 record while establishing himself as the best fighter over 205 lbs that the U.K. has to offer.
Mark Coleman: Coleman tore through the UFC in his first six fights, knocking off Gary Goodridge, Don Frye, and Dan Severn along the way. Then Coleman gassed in a heavyweight title opportunity against Maurice Smith. The infamous knockout at the hands of Pete Williams followed and a decision loss to Pedro Rizzo forced Coleman to travel to Japan in hopes of jumpstarting his career. “The Hammer” did just that when he won the 2000 PRIDE Grand Prix in impressive fashion.
Denis Kang: Kang struggled greatly in the first few years of his career and dropped three straight fights to mediocre competition at one point. Kang’s inconscitency continued until he found himself at home in Spirit MC where he became the promotion’s heavyweight champion. Two years later Kang found himself nearly becoming PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix champion and currently is widely regarded as one of the top middleweights in the world by many.
Chael Sonnen:Sonnen had acquired a solid reputation as being a skilled middleweight during the first couple years of his career that found fighting mainly on the West Coast for the most part. The Team Quest product ended up losing three fights in a row in 2004, two of them to MMA veteran Jeremy Horn. Sonnen rebounded and worked his way into a stint in the UFC. Undefeated since leaving the home of the Octagon last year, Sonnen now finds himself challenging an undefeated Paulo Filho for the WEC Middleweight Title on December 12th.
Dennis Hallman: The man they nicknamed “Superman” had racked up an eye-opening record of 10-1 before falling to a trio of creditable middleweights in the form of Caol Uno, Paul Rodriguez, and eventual UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne in sequential bouts. Hallman ended up turning things around and ended up putting together a respectable career that included three separate stints in the UFC and was highlighted by the second of two quick submission wins over Matt Hughes.
Russian heavyweight phenom Fedor Emelianenko continued his dominance of the PRIDE heavyweight division last night as steamrolled through Mark “The Hammer” Coleman earning himself the victory at 1:15 of the second round by armbar.
Fedor worked hard early to stuff the constant takedown attempts from “The Hammer”. From there he was able to work his strikes and by the end of the first, Coleman was showing a great deal of damage. The former UFC heavyweight champion’s eyes were both very swollen and a stream of blood trickled down the legend’s face. Surprisingly Coleman made it through the first round with one of mixed martial arts toughest combatants.
Early in the second round Coleman stuck to his game plan as he shot in early and finally for the first time in the fight he secured a double-leg takedown. Coleman tried to work his patented ground and pound but Fedor showed his superior skills as he rolled for an armbar and tapped out his counterpart at 1:15 of the second round.
Afterwards Fedor set his stone cold demeanor aside as he congratulated his opponent. Coleman was quickly embraced in the ring by his two young daughters who were very emotional after seeing their father get dominated by one of the world’s toughest mixed martial artists.
Coleman assured fans in his post-fight interview that he’d be back and he definitely plans on improving on a few things.
Fedor looked great in his return after spending the better part of a year on the shelf after undergoing hand surgery. With the win Fedor upped his PRIDE record to 13-0 and his mixed martial arts record to 24-1.
During the post-fight press conference while speaking through his interpreter, Fedor stated that he felt uncomfortable when Coleman came up to congratulate him while holding his two sobbing daughters. Fedor also stated that the next man he’d like to fight is Josh Barnett.
Also on the card was a light heavyweight battle between Kevin “The Monster” Randleman and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Randleman came out early and secured a powerful double-leg takedown which put the Brazilian star on his back. Immediately “Shogun” began to work for an ankle lock which eventually ended up being a kneebar. Randleman tried desperately to withstand the onslaught from “Shogun” but it ended up being too much and Randleman was forced to tap at 2:35 of the first round.