MMA Mania got a pretty sweet scoop: an interview with Mark Coleman. In it there are two small quotes which have me thinking that perhaps Mark Coleman is gonna be a little bit tougher for Brock Lesnar than I’ve been giving him credit for:
I am gonna get a lot of people’s input on this. I’m going to go to a real training camp for once, and let somebody coach me. There’s many reasons why I haven’t done that in the past. But truth is, my game’s not where I want it to be right now. Still, you can’t look back and do things differently, you can’t change the past. But I got five months, and I plan on doing it right for the next five months. I’ve done pretty well doing things my way, but people have offered me their assistance â€” experts in the MMA field â€” and I’m gonna take advantage of it.
Right now I have five months, which I’ve never in my life had five months. That was the best thing about getting this call. With my most recent fights, I would get a call and it’s an opponent like a Fedor, a Cro Cop, a Nogueira. In all those fights, it was short notice.
And then there’s the one quote that makes me think maybe Coleman isn’t even going to make it to the Lesnar fight without breaking a hip or something:
I’ve done a lot of training on short notice, so I’ve trained a lot against machines, running against the hill and stuff like that. But the only way to really get better is by going against another man, if not two different men, if not three different men. It’s called shark bate. I gotta go back and get shark bated and take the risk of getting injured. If I don’t train 100 percent for Brock then I don’t stand a chance. But if I do train 100 percent, I still have to be smart, because at my age, the injuries just don’t heal up. So I gotta train harder and smarter than I did in the past.
(thanks to jackal Atom for the totally sweet Coleman Banana Rider picture. I’m gonna print it out and put it next to my bed.)