The former UFC heavyweight champion and former PrideFC 2000 Open Weight Grand Prix champion, Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, is currently training for his upcoming UFC 100 bout against Stephan Bonnar. Coleman hired 3-time World Karate champion Ernest “The Cat” Miller to assist him with some stand-up skills. Coleman believes that after adding Karate training to go along with his wrestling, has helped him improve as a fighter tremendously. His confident gameplan coming into his next match has grown so intensely that he think he has what it takes to defeat the current UFC 205-pound champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida.
Here’s a snip from The Hammer as he talks about his loss to Mauricio “Shogun” at UFC 93. He also talks about how he has become a better fighter after training with “The Cat” Miller:
“You know my cardio wasn’t up to scratch for that fight [against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 93] and I believe it was an early stoppage but whatever, I’m not one to make excuses. Ever since that fight me and [Ernest ‘The Cat’] Miller have been in the gym working hard on it and I can keep going for 25 minutes if necessary…I’ve been training hard with “the Cat” and I feel confident that I know what his weaknesses are, and how I can exploit them should we meet in the cage….In my past fights I relied on my wrestling too much and it showed. Now I know that the key is good cardio and a sound stand up game, which I have now. I don’t think [Lyoto] Machida has faced a wrestler of my caliber before and I think stylistically I match up with him perfectly.”