December 10th, 2006
|jimbojones||06:32 pm - Pride FC in Vegas: wtf was Coleman *thinking*...?|
I just got done watching Pride FC's debut in America at Las Vegas. First of all, boo to the Las Vegas athletic commission - quit watering down the fucking rules; it's just not the same sport without strikes to downed opponents. But second of all, seriously, Mark Coleman needs to retire already. Mark has been a big name in MMA for a long time, and he's a big powerful brute of a ground-and-pounder. But it's time he gets the fuck out of the game and STAYS out.
There's no shame in getting the living hell beat out of you by Fedor Emilianenko. It's just what Fedor does. Just another day in his office. But what was that bullshit with Mark bringing his two young daughters (ages approximately seven and nine) BACK into the arena before he even got out of the ring, after such a brutal beating? They didn't need to see him in the condition he was in, we didn't need the spectacle of two little girls under ten crying heartbrokenly because their daddy just got the everloving shit kicked out of him, and Fedor sure as hell didn't deserve to have to deal with them seeing him as the monster that hurt their daddy.
Given that they were there, I'm glad Coleman at least took them to say hello to Fedor and told them repeatedly that Fedor wasn't a bad man. But that whole disgusting scene should never have happened at all. That was not okay for two little girls who clearly aren't prepared to deal with what their daddy does for a living, it wasn't okay for his competitor, and it frankly was not okay for the sport as a whole.
Don't come back, Coleman. You aren't getting any younger, the sport has evolved beyond your skillset, and you're becoming a disgrace. Just don't come back.
Current Mood: disgusted