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UFC Fight-Booking News: Coleman vs. Bonnar, Tibau Replaces Escudero + More


(Mark Coleman — master of kino escalation. Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.)

— An oddly appropriate light-heavyweight matchup may be in the works for UFC 100 (July 11th, Las Vegas). According to MMA Mania, bout agreements have been offered for Mark Coleman to face Stephan Bonnar at the milestone event. That’s right: The UFC’s first official heavyweight champion and early star of the SEG era will likely be taking on the man who helped take the UFC mainstream in the Zuffa era with his epic TUF 1 finale battle against Forrest Griffin.

Kind of an interesting way to pay tribute to the Octagon’s history. But for the fighters themselves, the matchup will be all business. Coleman most recently put in a shambling wreck of a performance against Mauricio Rua at UFC 93, eventually losing by TKO in the third round, while Stephan Bonnar was out-hustled by Jon Jones at UFC 94, losing by unanimous decision. Both men need a win here to remain relevant. UFC 100 will also reportedly feature fights between Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar (for the unified heavyweight title), Georges St. Pierre and Thiago Alves (for the welterweight title), and Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson (for the right to get their ass kicked by Anderson Silva at some point in the future).

TUF 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero has fallen prey to the Amir Sadollah curse. Due to a rib injury suffered in training, he has been forced to pull out of his first post-TUF fight, which was scheduled to be against Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 18 (April 1st, Nashville). Taking Escudero’s place will be Gleison Tibau, the American Top Team fighter who snapped a two-fight losing streak at last month’s UFC Fight Night 17 card with his first-round submission of Rich Clementi. Unfortunately for Stephens, his bout may now be relegated to the undercard in favor of the Tyson Griffin/Rafael Dos Anjos match.


Mike Ciesnolevicz, the light-heavyweight IFL vet who took a heavyweight match with Neil Grove on short notice at UFC 95 and wound up submitting "Goliath" in the first round, has been rewarded with a fight in his own weight class. He’ll be returning at UFC 97 (April 18th, Montreal) to take on Eliot Marshall, the TUF 8 jiu-jitsu specialist who lost a decision to Ryan Bader in the show’s semi-finals before choking out Jules Bruchez during the finale.

TUF 7 castmember Tim Credeur is tentatively scheduled to face off against Nick Catone at UFC Fight Night 18 next month. Creduer has won stoppage victories over Cale Yarbrough and Nate Loughran in his two professional UFC fights following his Ultimate Fighter stint, while Catone submitted Derek Downey during his Octagon debut at last month’s UFC Fight Night 17 card, after a planned meeting with Amir Sadollah was cancelled twice due to Sadollah’s injuries.

— Oh, by the way: Mike Patt was fired.

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Bootylam!- March 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Oh yeah, and why do so many white people have those stars? I'm seriously asking.
Bootylam!- March 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm
Um, is it just me or does Bisping knock NOBODY out? Do we really believe he's going to start doing it against fucking Hendo? Possible but NOT BLOODY LIKELY! I like him but let's be real. He will win the same way he usually does. Then he can get hurt by Silva, lose to Marquardt, Maia, etc.
Anonymous- March 13, 2009 at 9:38 am
I think you are right about that.
Your Dumb!!!- March 13, 2009 at 8:35 am
Geez... after his last fight, I'm surprised Coleman was even licensed for another fight considering how much he was huffing and puffing against Shogun.
Ricky Bobby- March 13, 2009 at 6:14 am
Ample is a tool for posting under anonymous.
I won't tell you to go fuck your mom because I would be out of a job.
XL's Fightin- March 13, 2009 at 1:07 am
Just wanted to say nicely done on the pickup caption. Mystery would be pissed if he new you linked Decarlos site on the reference as opposed to his but you know how much of a premadona that guy is.
Anonymous- March 12, 2009 at 8:38 pm
WOW I'm getting grammar lessons from Ricky Bobby on a MMA site, JUST WOW! how bout If I said with all due respect before hand then could I use your in place of you're as in saaay... hey Ricky Bobby go fuck YOUR mother. See what I did there?
C-Bus Allstar- March 12, 2009 at 6:07 pm
HAHAHAHA.. I know that chick.. She's from Lancaster, Ohio.. lives in Columbus near me though.
Anon- March 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm
Isnt that the ugly broad Junie was with?
hamills interperter- March 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm
machidas gonna end up eating rashad right hand and finally finally machida will be stoped and oh yah coleman get the fuck out of that picture no 1 wants to c u there
Ricky Bobby- March 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm
Hey Eveboy420

That wasn't really him saying he knew Bisping.
Also, you need to learn the difference between "your" and "you're" because you're the one who sounds retarded with your comments. See what I did there?

War Machine- March 12, 2009 at 3:23 pm
Fuck a(n) Englishman
Eveboy420- March 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm
Gotta love it when complete retards come on here trying to sound smart and just get bitch slapped! well I know so and so, so that means theyre the best fighters in the world!! HAHA morons the guy dosent stand a fucking chance he barely got passed a roided up Leben and that mutherfucker is laughed at when put in rank with greats like Spyda and Hendo, Like I said the more you speak englishman the more you make yourself look like a retard, If your gonna lie and brag about knowing someone and wanna ride their dicks atleast make it someone who stands a chance at being something more then a punching bag for the top tier fighters in the weight!
War Machine- March 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm
Fuck an Bisping
biohazardone- March 12, 2009 at 2:49 pm
@ Englishman,
I realize that u take pride in your friend Michale Bisping.....but he is not the great fighter u make him out to be. His only loss was to Rashad Evans....that was for real...he was outclassed as Rashad imposed his will on him. Keep in mind, I am not a fan of Rashad Evans but Michael did get beat convincingly by him. I think Bisping is a great fighter but to think that he will beat all thos guys you mentioned.....ahhhhhh, I have to disagree with you buddy. You are throwing huge names out there which are proven atheletes. Bisping is a very good fighter but he will never be great like Anderson Silva. Also, he will never fall into the calibur of fighter that silva, GSP, Penn, etc. Again, I like Michael Bisping, but he will not be the GREAT fighter u make him out to be.
Anonymous- March 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm
bisping is probably gonna get tooled by henderson and to the person that said bisping is gonna K.O. henderson in the first ,its probably not gonna happen hendersons never been kod tkod and has only been sumbitted by three ppl all of whom train together (the nogeuira brothers and anderson) so i doubt bisping will finish him or even win.
@ Ample- March 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm
"Your still an idiot"

Hahaha. You're the idiot dude.

Ample- March 12, 2009 at 2:33 pm
Englishman is drunk off of Bispings stoutley man butter.

Englishman...how does it taste? IS it better room temp like you sicko's like it or better chilled?
Ample- March 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Englishman Says:
Thu, 03/12/2009 - 12:50
@ Ample

If I'm the dumbest fuck living in England, and you're the smartest fuck living in America, I'm still much smarter than you. So fuck off, dipshit.


Horrible retort my boy. Your still an idiot...the biggest in all of UK and your reason is piss poor. Go do some research cuse your off your rocker yah limey english bloak.

P.s. Bisping said he's tired of you fluffing him and to back off, bitch.
just some dong- March 12, 2009 at 1:37 pm
coleman looks like chester molester right there...
Frank Mur- March 12, 2009 at 1:34 pm
I love you Englishman!
Englishman- March 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm
@ Frank Mur

You actually sound jealous. It's ok. Just go back to sucking your fathers dick and imagine it belongs to Bisping.

And it's Bisping, you fucking retard. You must feel so clever mispelling the last names of fighters. Either that, or you're really just as dumb as you sound.
Homoplata- March 12, 2009 at 1:18 pm
THATS WHAT I WAS SAYING MARKDOG


I'D STOP GIVING DUDES THE HOMOPLATA JUST TO FINGER THAT GIRL WITH MY PENIS
Frank Mur- March 12, 2009 at 1:17 pm
By the way..."Kino Escalation" doesn't work, Englishman tried it on Micheal Bisbing like four times and only got to suck his D!@$
CanadianProduce- March 12, 2009 at 1:17 pm
BONER should dominate COLEMAN, I think this is a gift to him for surviving Jon Jones.

But....If BONER loses to a "up and coming newbie" and then loses to a "washed up hall of famer" then his career is bleak. Bleaker than his future during the scoring of his TUF win over Bobby Southworth.
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