At UFC 100, Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar will take on Mark “The Hammer” Coleman as part of the preliminary fight card. Bonnar is coming off back to back losses and plans to jump right into the light heavyweight race again by ending his losing streak with a victory over Coleman on July 11th.
Although Coleman is known for his wrestling and powerful takedowns, his current training camp is emphasizing a major part of his stand-up game with boxing and Karate experts. Bonnar tells us how he is well aware of Coleman training more on his stand-up, but has a feeling that he’ll mix in his wrestling throughout the fight.
Snip from Stephan Bonnar himself (props to mmafanhouse.com):
“Winning is so important. It’s not just about fighting in the UFC. We get paid significantly more if we win. I have to win. I need to win…. I’m feeling better and I’ve learned to taper back a little bit. For example, I felt a little run down a few weeks ago, so I took a couple days off. Now, in the last two weeks of training, I’m only pushing hard once a day, while the second workout is lighter, not as intense…. I’ve been working on [my wrestling] a lot more. And, I kind of know he’s been working his standup a lot . So I wouldn’t be surprised if he traded with me for a little bit. But I expect his instincts to kick in and take me down, or try to take me down…. His biggest strength is wrestling and being on top of someone. Even with Shogun, you could see when he got him down, it was hard for Shogun to get up. It’s not a good place to be.”
The UFC has been struggling to have mixed martial arts sanctioned in popular states, New York and Hawaii are some of several states. Not too long ago, we wrote an article regarding a postponement of MMA sanctioning in New York and how it is now taking longer than expected for the bill to be approved. We now learned that Hawaii has sanctioned the sport of MMA, but companies that wish to organize events will have to deal with rediculous taxes and fees.
Snip from UFC President Dana White:
“We finally get some regulations and they slap this huge tax on us that’s out of control, so probably never. I guess it’s their way of saying ‘OK, we’ll sanction this, but we’ll make sure nobody ever shows up and comes and does an event here.”