Randy Couture and Mark Coleman head into their UFC 109 bout with an enormous amount of criticism shot at them. The two UFC hall of famers are 45 and 46 years of age, respectively, and talk of calling it a career is the last thing on each of their minds.
Coleman, having just come of a win over Stephan Bonnar, is eager to continue his career after the fight with Couture.
“Barring a career ending injury, this won’t be my last fight…if I were to listen to the critics, I would have been retired ten years ago,” said Coleman during the same conference call.
Coleman is not about to let critics decide when and where he should hung up his gloves. The 2000 Pride Grand Prix champion opened up about people’s opinions when he said, “I’m not going to let someone else determine when I’m finished, I’ll determine that myself.”
The two fighters hold a mutual respect for each other and understand where the other is coming from. “This won’t be my last fight and I don’t think it’ll be Randy’s as well,” said Coleman. “I just want to put on a good show…and quiet the critics a little bit.”
Couture and Coleman are the living example of what UFC 109 has been dubbed —”relentless.”
UFC 109 will take place on Saturday, Feb 6 at 10PM ET/7PM PT at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.