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UFC 93 in Dublin Officially Announced With Two Marquee Matchups

Mark Coleman Mauricio Shogun Rua PRIDE MMA
(A legendary PRIDE rivalry will be settled in the Octagon in January.)

Confirming rumors that were circulating yesterday, the UFC announced via that Dublin would indeed be playing host to UFC 93 on January 17th; the event will be held at the O2 Dublin.

Only two matches have been announced so far — but they’re worth the price of admission by themselves. The main event will be a light-heavyweight fight between Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson, a long-awaited pairing that seemed to be in jeopardy when Franklin moved up to 205. Does this mean that Hendo will be hanging around at light-heavyweight for a while? And would the fight interfere with him being a coach on the upcoming US vs. UK season of TUF? We’ll get those answers to you as soon as we can.

Here’s where the matchmaking gets kind of brilliant. The co-main event will be another light-heavyweight contest, between UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. If you’re up on your MMA lore, you’ll remember that Coleman handed Shogun his only loss in PRIDE — a TKO due to broken arm at PRIDE 31 in February ’06 — which led to the infamous Chute Boxe/Hammer House brawl (the entire incident can be seen here). Now Rua will get a chance to settle the score, once and for all. Sure, Coleman hasn’t fought since getting armbarred by Fedor Emelianenko at PRIDE 32 in October ’06, and Rua has been battling injuries since his loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 76, but you can’t beat that storyline…


Must-See: “Pit Fight Redux”, McCain on MMA, “Shattered Dreams”

(Props: via MMA Scraps.)

So Tapout has this new short film called “Pit Fight Redux,” which stars Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, and Seth Petruzelli. At first it seems to be about a futuristic dystopian prison, where inmates have to fight for their freedom. Unfortunately, at about the five-minute mark the story falls apart and the narrator explains that the prison is really a metaphor for all of us being trapped in cages of our own making. Seriously. Can anybody make heads or tails of this goddamned thing?

(Props: MMA Mania)

Sportscenter scored an interview with John McCain last week and got the Republican Presidential candidate to open up about boxing and MMA (known to old people as “Ultimate Fighting”). It seems like he’s cooled down considerably since his “human cockfighting” days — McCain acknowledges that the sport is less barbaric today, and admits that his primary impression of MMA was based on a single fight, which featured “a guy bashing his head into an opponent’s face that was literally unconscious.” If anyone can identify which Mark Kerr fight he’s referring to, let us know.

(Props: Hiostaja via Fightlinker)

DREAM.6 airs live tonight on HDNet at 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT. To get you psyched for the middleweight grand prix, check out this preview/highlight vid, which features lots of exploding heads and limbs.


UFC Quick Notes: Florian, Lesnar, Horwich, MacDonald

UFC 90 poster Anderson Silva Patrick Cote MMA
(Props to MMA Mania for the poster image.)

— Kenny Florian doesn’t plan on sitting out until BJ Penn decides to defend his lightweight belt; he’ll be fighting one more time this year, no matter what. “(Penn) made the decision that he wants to fight GSP and I tell you what as a fan I want to see that fight,” Florian said during an appearance on MMA Weekly Radio. “It’s a risky move and some people have criticized me for it, but I still want to get another fight in…before the year’s end and I want to fight someone tough.”

— All signs are pointing to Cheick Kongo as Brock Lesnar’s next opponent. And why not UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman, who was originally supposed to take on Lesnar at “Seek and Destroy”? According to Dave Meltzer: “The basic story is this…Coleman really doesn’t want the fight.”

— UFC 90 (October 25th, Chicago) will see the Octagon debut of Matt Horwich, the Team Quest product and one-time IFL middleweight champion. He’ll be given a very tough test against BJJ ace Ricardo Almeida, who’s coming off a split decision loss to Patrick Cote at UFC 86. The UFC has also announced a UFC 90 middleweight matchup between Goran Reljic and Thales Leites.

— Even Jason MacDonald doesn’t know why he decided to fight Demian Maia on the ground: “It was a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid fight on my behalf. And I take the full blame 100 percent for it. I’ll take it right on the forehead like I took those hundred elbows from Maia.”


Friday Link Dump

- Bet you didn’t know that “the majority of fights/attacks last less than three seconds.” That’s a fact if we ever heard one. (Google)

- Takanori Gomi will fight at Sengoku 4, but not in the lightweight Grand Prix. (Nightmare of Battle)

- A Dana White announcement that suspiciously coincides with a competitor’s event? Get outta town. (Pro MMA)

- Rory Singer says MMA ain’t for everyone. And he should know. (Times Herold-Record)

- Fighters you love to hate. (411mania)

- Mark Coleman and “Shogun” Rua to have injury-riddled rematch? (Fightlinker)

- Bob Arum taking cheap shots at Dana White over Affliction card. (Steve Cofield)

- Jay Hieron patiently waiting for a fight. Some time this year would be just great. (MMA Junkie)

- Local TV reporter, please stop saying ‘glory hole’. (Holy Taco)

- Mark Cuban wants them Cubs, and Cuban gets what Cuban wants. (Wall Street Fighter)


Heath Herring To Face Lesnar at UFC 87

Heath Herring UFC
(Get used to this look.)

MMAWeekly has confirmed that Heath Herring has agreed to face Brock Lesnar at UFC 87 (August 9th, Minneapolis), filling in for Mark Coleman, who dropped out of the event after tearing a knee ligament during a sparring session last Friday.

Most MMA fans believed that Coleman was being set up for a steamrollin’ — and this video sure didn’t help — but Herring isn’t nearly the underdog that Coleman would have been. One of the most experienced heavyweights currently active, Herring holds notable victories over Mark Kerr, Igor Vonchanchyn, and most recently Cheick Kongo at UFC 82, and has had the honor of being beaten by Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Filipovic, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (three times!). Though he’s good with submissions and wouldn’t be giving up a size advantage to Lesnar, Herring’s questionable takedown defense could make this a favorable matchup for the ex-WWE star.

As for Coleman, he’s pretty bummed about his injury, although he’ll only be out of action for six weeks and won’t need surgery. Check out this short video interview from MMARated to watch Coleman try to stay positive in the face of Ariel Helwani’s probing questions.


Mark Coleman Is Terrified of Brock Lesnar

Or at least he was, back in February. This newly unearthed clip from catches Coleman saying he’d drop to 205 to avoid fighting the Big Les. Damn…the promise of a big payday will make a person do crazy things. Good luck, buddy!


Brock Lesnar to Officially Headline ‘Seek and Destroy’

Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir UFC
(Lesnar socks Frank Mir with one of his XXXXL gloves at UFC 81.)

The UFC released an official statement late last night on announcing that the heavyweight fight between ex-WWE star Brock Lesnar and UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman will be the official headlining match for UFC 87, which has been dubbed “Seek and Destroy.” UFC 87 will take place August 9th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; tickets go on sale next Sunday at noon CT. Considering that Lesnar and Roger Huerta (who will face Kenny Florian in a #1 lightweight contender eliminator match on the same card) are both based in the Minneapolis area, you should expect those tickets to sell out fast. But hey, there’s always the UFC’s official bloodsucking scalpers “fan to fan ticket marketplace” StubHub.

Coleman expressed excitement at his matchup with Brock Lesnar and his return to the Octagon, but it doesn’t sound like the Hammer’s game plan is to outwrestle the 265-pound dick-tatooed beast. “I’ll be up against a bigger, stronger wrestler for the first time, and they know this fight will be extremely intense from the start,” Coleman said. “But I didn’t take this fight to lose, I expect to win and win by knockout.” Said Lesnar: “It’s an honor to get a chance to fight Coleman, he’s a legend and he’s made history fighting all over the world. I know he is going to come into this fight in great condition, looking to re-establish himself as a top contender in the UFC. It’s going to be a challenge, and I’m looking forward to it.”


Mark Coleman Goes Berzerk

…backstage at PRIDE Total Elimination 2004, directly after being subbed by Fedor Emelianenko via armbar. Lovely bit of behind-the-scenes MMA history, with Kevin Randleman and Fedor making plans to drink some vodka at the end. Props to MMAScraps for the find. (Audio NSFW.)


Week in Review: Mark Coleman Is the Banana King

(Really, bro?)

— We got slurpees with Matt Serra.

— We took the minority opinion and predicted that Mark Coleman is going to stomp Brock Lesnar.

— Most smoker matches don’t get a cable TV broadcast and commentary by Kenny Rice. Such is the drawing power of Kim Couture.

— We revealed the four finalists for our Serious Pimp t-shirt design contest. Let’s just say that reactions were “mixed.” Anyway, do us a favor and throw a vote down on the homepage poll.

— The IFL posted some very respectable numbers for their debut show. What’s that? They’ve been around for two years? Uh oh…

— Shogun Rua did what he does best, and Rashad Evans gets another undeserved headlining fight.

Sengoku’s lopsided match-ups went pretty much as expected.

— M-1 Global could be merely a footnote in MMA history by Tuesday. Meanwhile, time marches on for the Russians.

— We finally found an excuse to post a scene from Beyond Thunderdome.

Blood sells.


Lesnar vs. Coleman: Can We Talk?


At “Pride of a Champion,” newly inducted Hall of Famer Mark Coleman announced that he would be returning to the Octagon to fight Brock Lesnar. The match is slated to go down August 9th in Lesnar’s adopted hometown of Minneapolis; it will be Coleman’s first fight since losing to Fedor Emelianenko in October 2006 at PRIDE 32, and his first UFC appearance since 1999.

This is kind of like the UFC’s version of Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbott — the much-hyped new crossover star against the faded veteran. The major difference is that Tank, even in his prime, wasn’t worthy of hand-washing Mark Coleman’s jock. And unfortunately for Brock Lesnar, his strengths are basically canceled out in this matchup. Brock was a dominant amateur wrestler? So was Coleman. Brock’s got scary ground-and-pound? Mark Coleman invented that shit. Lesnar’s only advantages are youth and athleticism. Does that trump Coleman’s 12 years of ring experience, during which he threw down with legends like Dan Severn, Don Frye, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mirko Cro Cop, and Fedor?

In retrospect, putting Brock Lesnar up against Frank Mir in Lesnar’s first UFC fight was a bad, bad idea, and this could be just as bad, if not worse. Coleman lacks Mir’s submission mastery, but he’ll test Brock’s chin with his heavy hands, and he won’t go to the ground as easily as Mir did.

We’ve given EliteXC a lot of grief for protecting Kimbo Slice with cut-rate competition, but at least they understand how to build up a franchise star — one can at a time. I’m starting to wonder if building Brock Lesnar as an MMA star was even the UFC’s intention to begin with. Was Dana White’s secondary motivation behind signing him (after the huge PPV buys) to prove that pro wrestlers would get stomped by skilled MMA fighters? I’m not saying I would have particularly enjoyed seeing Lesnar face Justin McCully, but what happens after he goes 0-2?