Mark Coleman, a UFC hall of famer and the promotion’s first-ever heavyweight champion, has been released by the UFC following his loss to Randy Couture on Saturday in the main event of UFC 109 in Las Vegas, Five Ounces of Pain reports.
The move comes after UFC President Dana White declared Coleman’s UFC career over following his lackluster showing that ended in a second-round submission to the fellow hall of famer Couture.
Coleman commented to MMA Fighting that he was “not sure” if the UFC had released him, and that he wants to return to fight Tito Ortiz, who exchanged heated comments with Coleman immediately after his loss.
Jonathan Snowden, citing a UFC insider, reports that no one at the UFC wanted Coleman to go, but felt the cut was necessary to avoid “a potential death in the Octagon”.
Heavyweight Tim Hague (10-3, 1-2 UFC) announced on Wednesday that he was cut following a controversial majority decision loss to Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109, while Phillipe Nover (5-3-1, 0-3 UFC), a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter 8, has also been dropped, according to Heavy.com, after falling to 0-3 in the UFC with a loss to Rob Emerson on Saturday.
Pictured: Mark Coleman