Going into UFC 82 we all knew that Mark “The Hammer” Coleman was going to tbe inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame. What we didn’t know was that he was going to be Brock Lesnar’s next opponent for UFC 86 in Minnesota. “He [Lesnar] is a beast, he’s an animal, but don’t bet the house against me”, Coleman said during the UFC 82 Pay-Per-View broadcast.
Coleman was the first ever PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix winner back in 2000. He’s a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and now he’s returning to the Octagon after over a year of inactivity since his last fight against Fedor Emelianenko.
When we last spoke to Coleman, he told us that he wanted to return to the UFC but the UFC wanted him to take too large of a paycut from his PRIDE contract. We didn’t know what that figure was, but it seems that he and the UFC have ironed out all those issues.
Coleman was the originator of the “ground-n-pound” technique used by the likes of Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva in their prime. He’ll now look to use it against the UFC’s next big thing, Brock Lesnar in August.
For those who didn’t have a chance to listen to Wednesday’s edition of “The Run Down” Radio Show, we had Crooklyn from CageSideLive.net join us as we previewed both the IFL’s event on Friday as well as UFC 82 on Saturday. You can listen to the show by heading over to The Run Down page and clicking on the play button!