UFC hall of famer Mark Coleman has been cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his UFC 100 preliminary fight against Stephan Bonnar.
Coleman’s extended layoff, 3-5 record in his last eight contests, and third-round gassing in a TKO loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in January promoted the NSAC to issue the UFC light heavyweight a one-fight license, as opposed to a typical one year license, for his UFC 100 matchup.
MMA Junkie caught up with NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer, who addressed the commission’s concerns and Coleman’s plan for putting on a better performance against Bonnar:
“Obviously with his age and his inactivity and the fact that he’s lost four of his past six bouts, there was definitely a concern. [The NSAC] asked, ‘What’s your plan for this fight?’ And to his credit, he owned up and said, ‘Look, I need to train harder and be in better shape. ‘My plan is I’m moving to Las Vegas this weekend and I have offers to train with Frank Mir’s group. I have offers to train with Wanderlei Silva’s group. I have offer to train with Randy Couture’s group. I definitely plan on taking advantage of that, and I plan to be here from this upcoming weekend through the fight. I’ll be Las Vegas, and I’ll be training constantly here with one or more of those groups.'”