Fedor Emelianenko vs Mark Coleman 2 Pride 32
Back in 2006, two MMA legends in the form of Fedor Emelianenko vs Mark Coleman. Stepped into the ring for a second time at Pride Fighting Championships 32, The Real Deal. When they met in their first contest at Pride FC – Total Elimination 2004, Coleman had lost to Emelianenko. So this was now his chance to pay back the favour against the Russian legend and reigning Pride heavyweight Champion.
At this point in his career, Emelianenko has lost just one time in a controversial decision to Tsuyoshi Kosaka. When the fight was stopped by the doctor due to a very bad cut over the eye. So coming into this fight the champion was very much on a roll having beaten twenty of his previous opponents. With one no-contest against the former division champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Mark Coleman was most definitely coming toward the end of his career in the sport. And this fight signified so much for one of the sports most iconic fighters. But in Emelianenko, he was up against perhaps the greatest mixed martial artist to ever compete.
Fedor vs Coleman Round One
In a first-round which saw Coleman trying to secure a takedown. He ended up taking several unanswered blows from the champion while being unsuccessful in getting Emelianenko to the ground. Fedor’s superior MMA grappling has been a major hurdle for every one of his opponents and with Coleman, it was no different.
Going into round two, Mark Coleman had already suffered some significant damage to the face as Fedor consistently landed heavy shots. Now entering the second round Coleman looked to get the champion to the ground and work his famous ground and pound.
But as he extended his arms when throwing his punches. Emelianenko managed to switch his hips and spun into an armbar, once again catching Mark with the very same finish as he had done in their very first fight. Yet again signalling a failed attempt for the American to get a win over the undisputed Pride champion.
So let’s once again watch one of the greatest in MMA get yet another win against his old foe. As Mark Coleman sought to make amends against one of the greatest fighters of all time in Fedor Emelianenko. Only to once again have his dreams dashed inside the Pride ring on home soil in the US.