Although Mark Coleman just turned 44 years of age, and has dropped his last two MMA fights, the UFC Hall of Famer believes that he has a few more fights left in him. More specifically, he believes that a rubber match between he and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is something that he has earned.
“It was great, it was an honor, a dream come true, what I’ve been waiting for,” Coleman said after his UFC 93 loss to Shogun. “Obviously disappointed in my performance, but under the circumstances I guess I did alright. I’m not going to cry about it, I didn’t have my best training camp ever.”
It was apparent that Coleman was not in the physical condition fans are accustomed to seeing him in. After a fast start, he clearly gassed two minutes into the fight, and was unable to recover. If he is granted a third bout with the talented Brazilian, he intends to make significant changes in his preparation.
“I feel like I can put together a hell of a better training camp,” Coleman stated. “I’m not going to deny I was a little tired out there, but I didn’t quit. But I do plan on getting with some real professional coaches. I’ve trained myself basically my whole life, so I did the best I could tonight.”
Coleman already holds a controversial win over Shogun from their days in PrideFC. In their bout two years ago, Shogun dislocated his elbow as he was bracing his fall to the mat and the fight was stopped immediately.
It was a major upset that hasn’t sat well with Rua, with many believing that a dominant win in their rematch would prove that Coleman’s first win was nothing more than a freakish fluke. However, Shogun looked extraordinarily slow and out of shape as well.
Shogun looked nothing like the fighter that he was a couple of years ago, and Coleman knows that this past Saturday’s loss meant nothing, at least to him.
“I’ve got nothing against Shogun. I hope he gets his (expletive) together, and gets his own ass in shape,” said Coleman. “Cause he was obviously tired himself, so he’s got a lot of work to do as well. I’m pulling for him cause I want him to win a few, I want to win a few and I want to do it again.”