“Tonight was probably Coleman’s last fight in the UFC,” UFC President Dana White told reporters while discussing the future of the hall of famer and first-ever heavyweight champion. “He looked good against [Stephan] Bonnar. I’m not taking anything away from Mark Coleman – I have nothing but respect for him. Mark Coleman’s always been a standup guy with me and will always be a part of this organization. I just think he’ll have a hard time competing with guys at the top level. Age is a factor with him.
“This fight was a dream for Coleman. It was a dream of his to fight Randy Couture and he wanted this thing bad. He went in there and wasn’t able to do anything. Randy pretty much beat him everywhere. It’s tough to say ‘It’s over’ and hang ’em up. It’s the hardest thing in the world…I’m not even thinking about Tito-Coleman.”
If his career is over, the 45-year-old Coleman ends with a 16-10 overall record and a 7-5 UFC mark dating back to UFC 10 in 1996, but was just 1-2 inside the Octagon since returning last year.