Fedor Emelianenko has cited Mark Coleman as the person he emulated his style after when training his devastating ground-n-pound game. 'Nuff said? The powerhouse wrestler has recently returned to the UFC at a lean 205 lbs, and continued his trend of fighting top competition by taking on the former #1 LHW in the world, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Although fighting his heart out and refusing to yield, Rua took the decision. Coleman sprang back into action against Stephan Bonnar at UFC 100, and proved he was still a force by beating the youthful TUF-star and evening his most recent UFC stint at 1-1. Speaking to mmako.tv, Coleman responded as to who might be next on the agenda for him:
"They could give me another legend, or they could use me as a gatekeeper to fight against the young guys. For example, the name of 21-year-old Jon Jones has been popping up quite a bit. I’ve been getting Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, but at the same time, I’ve been hearing that it could be Jon Jones. I would prefer the oldest of the outfit there. I think it would be more beneficial to my career, but at the same time, all three fights that we’re talking about would be a handful. We’re talking about three great fighters, and there’s no such thing as an easy fight out there anymore."Not to steal Mr. Coleman's thunder, but it is equally intriguing that the name "Tito Ortiz" is being offered by the UFC.