Mark Coleman will be at DaMMAge Fight League's Big Bang event tomorrow night November 24th in Atlantic City, where he'll be cornering UFC veteran Branden Lee Hinkle in Hinkle's fight against another UFC veteran, Kevin "The Shaman" Jordan.

I had a great conversation with Mark talking about the current top heavyweights in the world. What did you think about Cain Velasquez stopping Brock Lesnar in the first round?

Mark Coleman: I was just incredibly amazed at Cain Velasquez’s calmness and his skill level and his cardio.  I’ve heard about  all these great attributes that he has, but I had to see it myself to believe it  and yes I am a believer.   In my opinion he’s the best in the world right now.   I was amazed, impressed, any words you can use for it.  The guy’s incredible.  People are saying that Brock's chin is suspect.  What's your take?

Mark Coleman: That’s kind of been the word on Brock for a long time.  Everybody says for some reason he doesn’t have a chin, he can’t take a punch, this and that.  I’m not an expert on that subject, but he has seemed to go down a couple times with nothing special on the punches, so maybe that is a big weakness for Brock.  If that’s the case, that’s not a good problem to have in mixed martial arts.  But he wasn't knocked out by the shots.  Could it be that he just doesn't know how to react to getting hit, that he's a bit gun shy?

Mark Coleman: I did see him turn away a few times.  I noticed him turn away and it kind of speaks for itself.  I’m not here to criticize Brock, he lost to the best in the world.  That’s [nothing] to be too ashamed of.    But he did lose and a couple times, yes, it did look like he didn’t really like to take the punches, but  nobody does really, do they?  Coming from a guy who fought Fedor twice, you have high praise for Cain.  Do you think he can beat Fedor?

Mark Coleman:  Now that I’m not sure of.  If I had all these answers I’d be doing a lot of gambling and making some money.  Any fight can go either way.  What I’m saying is what I saw out of Cain Velasquez was incredible and possibly the next wave of dominating fighters.  The sport goes in waves.  For awhile there it was you had to be 265, 270 to handle the heavyweight weight class.  Cain Velazquez just proved that a great wrestler—his boxing, his stand up has gotten so good, his jiu-jitsu has gotten so good.  Add with that his unbelievable cardiovascular endurance, it may have changed the sport a little bit again.  Because now a guy at 230, 235, 240, a guy as long as he’s got the right skill frame has got a chance against these bigger guys.  I’ve always said size matters, but Cain showed what a cardiovascular machine, with the skill level he has, he showed how that can counteract the weight disadvantage.  Alistair Overeem has been tearing things up at heavyweight.  You know him from back in the Pride days.  What's your take on Overeem?

Mark Coleman:  Overeem’s a monster.  He’s always had the frame.  Even when he was fighting at 205, he was a huge 205 pounder cutting too much weight.    I think it was definitely a good move [moving to HW], a move he could have done even earlier in his career. He’s got the frame for him to be able hold that kind of weight.  His stand up is second to nobody and he’s a great fighter.  But with him you gotta be a little concerned when he gets a little feisty in there, you know, toughness  comes into play.   He’s a dominant, super skilled fighter, but sometimes it comes down to nuts and guts, and we’ll see if have what it takes to keep winning and get that belt.  You've spoken about returning to fighting and may possible fight at DaMMAge Fight League in New Jersey.  Anybody out there you would like to fight?

It doesn’t matter to me.  I’ve always just wanted to fight somebody that the fans would be interested in watching.  I don’t want to go out there and fight somebody that nobody cares about.   As long as it’s a good matchup and the fans recognize both names.  I like to perform and put on a good show for the fans, because they are the most important people out there.  Without the fans, there’s nothing.   I appreciate them, so it doesn’t matter to me, it matters to them who they want to see me fight.    I’m definitely going to fight somewhere.  I’m just waiting trying to figure out the best offer and the best opponent.   I’m not looking to duck anybody.   I’d like to fight somebody with a name for sure.   But I’ll fight anybody, I don’t go around picking and choosing.  Will you fight at heavyweight or light heavyweight?

I’m a light heavyweight, but if the offer came in to fight heavyweight, I’d fight heavyweight as well.  But I can make 205 no problem, I’ve got my weight under control.   I’ll go wherever just as long as it’s the right opportunity.



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