MMA veteran Mark Coleman knows that he will have his hands full against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 97 next weekend, and that is why he has extended his training camp to involve the talents of the up-and-coming Wolfslair team in England.
“The Wolfslair team over there in England, they’re going to take care of me for the first three days over there,” Coleman told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m going to train with those guys for a couple days and then fly over to Dublin from England.”
Although Coleman already holds a win over Rua, he knows that the Brazilian is motivated not only to avenge his controversial loss nearly two years ago, but to show UFC fans that he is just as good, if not better, than the hype in which he entered the organization with.
The 45-year-old Coleman is doing everything in his power to prepare for him. He will travel to England to meet up with Wolfslair, then hop on a plane to Dublin and arrive just four days prior to the fight.
The UFC usually requires all of their fighters to arrive in the local city one week prior to the event so they can become acquainted with the their new environment, especially the time zone change. Also, the seven days leading up to the event is known as “press week,” so the fighters conduct interviews to help promote the fight. However, the organization was more than willing to allow Coleman additional time to prepare for his matchup.
“For me it’s going to be a shorter flight compared to in the past, but they were scheduled to bring me in on the 12th or 13th, which is only four days out and fortunately I asked (the UFC) if I could get over there a little bit early and they’ve been great to me,” Coleman stated. “They’ve been treating me very good and they had no problem sending me over there a little bit early.”