In an MMA News exclusive, the first ever UFC Heavyweight Champion, Mark ‘the Hammer” Coleman restates his desires to fight current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Randy ‘the Natural” Couture. Coleman has not seen any MMA action since losing to Fedor Emelianenko in a rematch back in December 2006 at PRIDE 32 – The Real Deal. Ever since, Coleman has gone back to pro wrestling in Japan where he continues to be a major draw. Coleman affirms that he truly respects Couture, and it would be an honor to fight him.
Quite frankly, I think this fight is very marketable. The Royce Gracie – Matt Hughes fight was a big draw, but I think a Coleman – Couture fight could potentially have much more drawing power if marketed properly. Imagine the headlines, “First UFC Heavyweight Champion vs. Current UFC Heavyweight Champion – ‘The Hammer takes on ‘The Natural’.”
Personally, I wouldn’t count Coleman out of this one either. Style-wise, Coleman could be a very bad match-up for Randy. We’ve seen Couture on his back before, and it’s definitely not one of his favorable positions. On the other hand, there have been very few fighters that Mark Coleman has been unable to take down. The only fighter who was successful in defending all of Coleman’s takedown attempts in recent memory was Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Unfortunately, Coleman’s cardio can be questionable at times, a weakness that Randy Couture could definitely capitalize on. Nevertheless, I am sure hardcore MMA fans would love to see this fight. Win, lose, or draw, it would be quite something to see Coleman stepping back into the Octagon once more.