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Pink Slip Day in the UFC: Coleman, Nover, & Hague Cut After Losses

(‘Is this about those stolen Octagon bracelets you found in my locker?  Because I was just holding those for Baroni.’ Photo courtesy of The Sun.)

It’s a tough time to be licking your wounds in the UFC. In a move that likely has every fighter to post an ‘L’ on his record at UFC 109 sweating bullets, the organization has reportedly released the “next Anderson Silva,” the “Godfather of ground-and-pound,” and the guy who was on the wrong end of the UFC’s fastest knockout (officially, anyway). Let’s take them one at a time, shall we?

- Mark Coleman (1-2 in his most recent UFC run) lost a one-sided contest of MMA elders to Randy Couture during a week that saw him run out of gas on the 215 freeway and get heckled by Tito Ortiz in his post-fight interview. Losing your job after all that makes your life start to sound like a cliché country music song. Please just tell us that his dog is okay.

- Phillipe Nover (0-3 in the UFC) lost a unanimous decision to Rob Emerson on the UFC 109 preliminary card, which, when added to his kind of bullshit TKO loss to Kyle Bradley and his totally legitimate decision loss to Efrain Escudero in the TUF 8 Finale, pretty much guaranteed that he’d be cut. For a guy once hailed as a 155-pound Anderson Silva, he turned out to be an epic Octagon bust.

- Tim Hague (1-2 in UFC) lost a majority decision to Chris Tuchscherer in a prelim fight, making it his second straight loss after the seven-second KO against Todd Duffee. His lone win came via guillotine choke against Pat Barry, and even then he took a little bit of a beating to get it.

So, any big surprises? Not really. You could argue that Coleman, who is 1-1 in his last two and is the only one of these three who could legitimately call himself a legend, might deserve more of a chance to get back in the win column. But we all know that ‘legend’ is often sports shorthand for ‘old,’ and even if he did hang on it would likely only be for one more fight.

The big question now is whether he’ll slip into retirement gracefully or go out and Ken Shamrock it up in the minor leagues for meager paydays against nobody opponents. Everything we know about the fight game and the nature of economic despair says, almost certainly the latter.

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ScrambledEggs- February 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm
Coleman was treated with zero respect by Zuffa.
ReX13- February 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm
Whoops. Late THIS year.
robthom- February 11, 2010 at 11:39 am
It would be nice if they brought him back quick.

But he does have name value. He might get snatched up by Strikeforce. Which would be a decent investment if you give him the right fights.


But that will leave UFC looking kind of shitty to me. Not the first time and not the last.
But always unfortunate.

Maybe they just weren't a good fit like the Hendo situation. I hope he finds a good gig somewhere.
ReX13- February 11, 2010 at 10:52 am
I believe we'll see Coleman again--that Ortiz fight looks like a possible late next year.

If not, then yeah--this was a heartless move on the UFC's part. Give him the option to be released if he wants, but don't fire the man.
robthom- February 11, 2010 at 10:35 am
Cutting Coleman like that wasn't right.

He lost to Shogun and Couture?!

Looks like being in the UFC hall of fame dont count for shit.
King_KP- February 11, 2010 at 9:30 am
I am surprised that Nover was never able to pull his shit together, I felt he had impressive power for a 155er.
mmaniac22- February 11, 2010 at 6:37 am
Posting that pic over and over again doesn't help
TheFactor- February 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Dana doesn't know shit.
doctorfunk- February 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm
Godspeed Coleman. Better to end it here than try to hang on.
Spidey Sense- February 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm
nice to see trigg outta there. nice to see coleman out too. yeah, he's a legend and one of the builders of the ufc, but he's too old now and the tank's empty.

nobody wants to see an old dog struggling to hang in with the next gen guys and get his ass kicked all over the place. that diminishes him more than retirement does. time for the hammer to find a new spot in mma. maybe a guest commentator once in a while.
budsellers- February 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm
dw told ariel helwani after the fights that trigg would be cut
Steve W- February 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm
Could someone explain how Mark Coleman has come to resemble Nosferatu.
skeletor- February 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm
Trigg did get cut it's on mmamania right now. That would have been a great injustice.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- February 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm

"WTF happened to Trigg?"

Ummm...yeah. What's up with that?

Coleman gets the boot in the ass and Trigg is still sittin' pretty?

First off: I luvs me my Coleman.

Second: Is it just me or did Mark look like he lost BEFORE he even got in the cage? Someone, or something, got in this legendary man's head.

Third: So Coleman, a UFC Hall of Famer, Pride FC Champion, groundbreakin' MMA fighter and the Godfather of Ground-and-Pound is getting cut

....and Trigg is sittin' pretty?

Look, if Dana even DARES to put on Ortiz vs Trigg, I'll go out of my way to organize the MMA Tea Party movement against the UFC.
failingev0lution- February 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm
seriously, it's about time. Coleman should have retired back in 2006 after Fedor beat him for the second time. I have ZERO desire to see him fight anyone, especially not Tito. That would be like having to watch a couple of drunks trying to stumble home from a bar, leaning their weight on each other...for 15 minutes. awful.
just some dong- February 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm
No! Not Tim Hauge! NOOOOO!!!
T_Durden- February 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm
.I was joking a few days ago, when I posted that Randy was going to mess Mark up so bad, he'd find himself in minors calling Wes Sims out, but now it might actually happen. Oh man...don't do it Mark.
alau112- February 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm
Coleman could always do motivational speaking...
Harry Nips- February 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm
@mt59801- I agree, Trigg is a name that should definitely be on that list. He's had 2 fights since being back and got KTFO in both.
qrampagej- February 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm
yeah trigg should definitely be gone. After watching the Hague fight, the guy got completely robbed! The first 2 rounds were a toss up and the last round shoulda been a 10-8 round as Hague was hammering Tuscherer harder than a wayward Gonzaga cup check. Fucking judges still can't get away from scoring every round 10-9 and, as a result, the double digit unemployment rate only gets worse!
Contraband- February 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm
I'm gonna hate the future hype from Dana White

"Let me you you guys something this kid, he is the next republican Chael Sonnen, I'm telling you this kids for real"
El Guapo- February 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm
Tito vs Coleman UFC elimination match!!

Dana White.. "Nope. The Hammer's done."

Awww, c'mon. They both suck. Coleman deserves it. Loser goes home.

DW... "No can do."

Seriously? Tito's garbage yet he's getting paid crazy money to lose every f'kn time. C'mon now.

DW... Sorry pal.

(Running away)I ain't your f'kn pal!!
murderess- February 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm
damn.. i would've liked to see coleman vs. kimbo.
skeletor- February 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm
First of all everyone knows Frank Shamrock is the one and only legend. If he wasn't I'm sure SF would not let Mauro refer to him as that a million fucking times a broadcast.

And I'm pretty sure DW said Coleman will always have a job in the UFC. For the most part DW is an asshole to his employees, but he does take care of people who helped to build the organization. I'm not sure what if any skills Coleman has besides head butting and running out of breath, but they will find something to pay him for.
mt59801- February 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm
WTF happened to Trigg? I think Coleman should get to fight the winner of Ortiz/Liddell for a shot at 3 fight contract. He looked ok in the fight before randy.