I was already an ardent follower of all things UFC when Mark “The Hammer” Coleman first burst onto the scene. It was the era when eight-man tournaments reigned and rules were nebulous, when martial arts styles still held a modicum of currency, and of course Coleman was king. At a time when people were finally figuring out how to avoid armbars and chokes from the guard, his heretofore technique of grounding and pounding opponents into jelly was a site to be seen. The UFC Hall of Famer officially retired recently – “officially” because the idea of stepping into the cage once more truly became medically untenable – and rapped with Dave Meltzer about his life. And really, what a life it’s been. Here’s your news:
• The Meltzer article on Coleman. Check it out. It’s a great read on a great pioneer.
• Georges St. Pierre is going to play a French villain in the upcoming Captain America movie. I have mixed feelings on this. On the one hand, GSP – whose acting skills are negligible – is going to suck. On the other hand, GSP is going to suck.
• FightLine’s own Mike Stets got a one-on-one with WSOF 2 star Josh Burkman.
• Florida. Yeesh.