Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mark Coleman pulls out of fight with Tito Ortiz at UFC 106 due to injury

Tito Ortiz tweeted on his Twitter account yesterday that Mark Coleman has pulled out of their scheduled fight at UFC 106 in Las Vegas on November 21.

Ortiz and Coleman were supposed to be the co-main event on the show. The main event that evening will be between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin.

Ortiz tweeted "Coleman,coleman,coleman to bad he sissies out!!!"

Coleman's friend, Michael DiSabato, said that Coleman suffered a second degree tear of his MCL and asked to postpone the fight until January 2. DiSabato is the VP of the clothing line, CageFighter.

Who will Ortiz fight now? The UFC could give him Rashad Evans in a rematch but Evans probably does not want to fight Ortiz right now. Evans wants to fight a top contender and he probably would rather fight Thiago Silva instead. Silva is probably a more dangerous opponent at this point but if Evans wants a title shot against UFC lightweight champion, Lyoto Machida, he will have to fight another top contender like Silva.

Ortiz is coming off a very long layoff due to back surgery and Coleman was supposed to be a tune up match for him. I could see someone like Keith Jardine stepping up to fight Ortiz. Jardine lost to Silva in his last fight and he might not be medically cleared to fight in November.

Another possible opponent would be Forrest Griffin. Griffin and Ortiz fought in a very exciting match in California a few years ago. Griffin was last seen running from the cage after being knocked out by Anderson Silva a few months ago.

Other possible interesting opponents are Dan Henderson and Houston Alexander.

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