TOTAL ELIMINATION PRE-FIGHT INTERVIEW WITH MARK COLEMAN
Mark Coleman's neck problems have affected his fights in the past. However, he had surgery 6 months before, in preparation for the Grand Prix. Coleman will challenge the Champion in front of his father, the first time in 3 years since PRIDE 16.
I'm going to give everything I've got and fight like usual. His style has helped me evolve. I've been working on sweeps just in case I get on the bottom. He's a dangerous opponent, though so I want to be on top, always.
I want to show everyone that the Champion is still alive. I haven't been able to practice well for the last 3 years because of my neck injury. It bothered me in fights, too. I had surgery 6 months ago, though and I've been training well since. It's not just a re-starting point for me. I think this match will be bigger than that.
He's supported me since I was doing amateur wrestling and he inspires me. I want to do my best without feeling pressured. If I get into trouble, I'll get him to jump into the ring and help me out. (laughing)