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UFC 93 Results: Mark Coleman is Old, Rua Should Retire, Chris Lytle Fights for Money Only?

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

The Fight Results for UFC 93, the first ever UFC in Ireland are in and well, the event was far for exciting.  Starting from the main event, Dan Henderson defeated Rich Franklin via a split decision. Starting off the match, Henderson’s stand up, although known to be lesser than Franklin’s proved to be effective in knocking Rich down.  Following up with his ground skills, Henderson overwhelmed Franklin with his ground game, making it extremely difficult for Rich Franklin to stand up.  Although Franklin’s stand up proved dominate in the second and third, Henderson was simply able to take Franklin down multiple times to win the decision.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua… it’s time to retire.  Midway through the first, MMA Legend Mark Coleman was completely gassed.  Cutting to 205lb for the first time ever, combined with his ripe age of 44, Coleman was no where near fit for a fight with a 27 year old.  However… Coleman held his own and just barely made it into the second round.  Going into the second round, it appeared as if Coleman was going to fall over from exhaustion, however he withstood any pressure put on my Rua and eventually reversed in by the end of the second.  In the third round Rua was now exhausted!  Coleman, still completely exhausted controlled Rua by continously taking him down.  With only 30 seconds or so left in the third, Rua clinched Coleman while Coleman was on the ground and delivered a knee (although close to the face) to the body of Coleman.  The ref saw the knee as illegal, stood the two fighters up, and Rua got a present with a TKO at 4:36 of round three.

As for the remaining fights of the night:

  • John Hathaway defeats Tom Egan, TKO at 4:36 of round one.
  • Rousimar Palhares defeats Jeremy Horn, unanimous decision.
  • Alan Belcher defeats Denis Kang, guillotine choke at 4:36 of round two.
  • Marcus Davis defeats Chris Lytle, split decision.

Can I just say, is it me or is Chris Lytle clearly making deals looking for fight of the night?  Does this guy fight intellegently any longer?  Well, perhaps from a financial standpoint he does…
Hopefully UFC 94 will make up for this event… in the mean time, let me find you some pics of the ring girls to help make up for the PPV costs.

Mark Coleman Talks About Upcoming Fight Against Mauricio Shogun Rua

Friday, January 9th, 2009

One January 17th, MMA Legend Mark Coleman will enter the ring for the first time in over two years.  His last fight against Fedor Emelianenko ended in a second round loss to Fedor via armbar.  Almost three years from after his first fight and victory (round 1 TKO) over Mauricio Shogun Rua, Mark Coleman will once again face off against Rua.  At an age of 44 and two years off from fighting, many question what Coleman has been doing with his time off and whether or not he will be prepared to enter the ring.  Coleman stated to AOL Sports, “I needed some time off after the Fedor fight. I had so many injuries, I needed a break mentally and physically…. I’ve continued to work out in the gym, but I also got a chance to spend a lot of time with my daughters, which was very important to me.”  So refreshed and ready to enter the ring once again, will Coleman be able to get back into the sport at an age of 45, and if so, how many fights does he have in him? Coleman states “I don’t plan on retiring any time soon. This is what I love to do. I enjoy staying in shape. I love working out. I don’t look forward to retiring.”

Best of luck to Coleman, he’s going to need it.  As we’ve seen over and over again in sports, coming back after several years off is no easy task, especially when age isn’t on your side.  But if he does pull it off, there’s a good opportunity for Coleman to face off with Chuck Liddell at UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio, something all UFC loves would love to see.

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