Following the much rumoured announcement that :
Tito Ortiz will likely face Mark Coleman, Hopefully by years end
Im sorry but to me this is such a joke matchup- with all due respect to Coleman, at his age and recent performances this to me looks nothing but a tomato-can match for Tito's return.
My view is that despite Coleman's heroics in beating Bonner recently, he's performance against Rua and even in the Bonner fight showed that A) he's SLOW and his punching speed isnt in the same league as many UFC fighters. B) more importantly, despite to what Coleman may claim, he's gas tank is still very suspect at best.
There's no doubt that Tito is going to be in great shape comming into this fight- he's cardio from the fights i've seen of him has always been good/great so to me it just seems so unfair that Dana would put in a relatively young fighter who will be in great shape, a former champion with good stand up skills and brutal ground and pound versus an aged, slow but big hearted Coleman who despite being famous for his 'creation' of the ground and pound will be so slow and gassed that Tito will just destroy him.
To me it seems cruel. If Dana really wanted to have a good 'testing' for Tito's comeback to see where he stands why not put him up against some higher-level and younger fighters - hell even Bonner would make a good test despite his loss to Coleman, others that come to mind of the top of my head are: Henderson (i wish), Jon Jones, Bader, Hamil, O'brien, Soszynski
To me with the exception of hendo, all the other fighters are somewhere in the middle tiers of the LH rankings and in my mind would make far more fairer and interesting matchups then Coleman.
What are your thoughts?