Coleman: Coaching TUF With BJ “Brought the Energy Back.”
At this past weekend’s star studded 20th Anniversary event, UFC 167, a myriad of celebrities and MMA legends graced the grounds of Las Vegas, Nevada to connect with a generations worth of fans. One of the great originators of the sport, the Father of Ground and Pound, Mark Coleman took the time out to talk to MMA.tv about how this milestone event, BJ Penn, and coaching the current season of TUF is stirring up those old familiar feelings:
“It’s rejuvenating me,” Coleman said. “It saved me a little bit. It brought the energy back, to the point where, like any other fighter, I want to fight again, really. Maybe it’s too late. Who knows? I would never say never. I won’t be stupid enough to get in there with Jon ‘Bones’ Jones or anything like that, or Daniel Cormier. I’m past that time. But I could certainly compete with certain guys out there, and if somebody wants to see it, I can’t say never.”
Coleman, age 48, is certainly a pioneer in this sport and he spent most of his adult life helping to make it what it is today. Plenty of legendary fighters have had moments where they just couldn’t leave the fight life and returned for multiple tries at the dream. Do you feel as though Coleman could still bang with the new up-and-comers in the UFC? What age do you find to be the definitive limit for MMA?