It has today been reported that Mark Coleman has been released from the UFC after his loss to Randy Couture on Saturday night. The news comes from FiveOuncesOfPain who cite sources close to the situation as having confirmed that he is no longer with the promotion.
Coleman’s second spell in the UFC lasted just three fights, with his victory over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 100 being his most notable result. He looked a shadow of his former self in his losses to Mauricio Shogun Rua and Randy Couture though, leaving the UFC with little choice but to let the ‘Godfather of ground and pound’ go.
The question now is whether this also spells the end for Coleman’s career?
As we previously reported on this site, Coleman appeared ready to continue with his career after his most recent loss, but whether he will have second thoughts now that he is no longer in the UFC remains to be seen.
Personally I won’t be surprised if he tries to continue fighting elsewhere, perhaps back in Japan, though I think it’s clear to most fans at this stage that he should call it quits at the age of 45.
Meanwhile it appears that heavyweight fighter Tim Hague has also been cut from the roster. The news comes directly from the fighters facebook account.
Hague lost a controversial decision to Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109, despite many observers believe he had done enough to win.
Speaking on Twitter after having had a chance to re-watch the fight, Hague stated, “Joe Rogan said it was the worst decision he’s ever seen in his life. I gotta say I agree.”
Hague got off to a winning start in the UFC with a victory over Pat Barry, but a seven second knockout loss to Todd Duffee, followed by the loss to Tuchscherer appears to have been enough to convince the UFC to release him from the roster.