by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday night inducted Mark “The Hammer” Coleman into the UFC Hall of Fame, but perhaps more stunning was Coleman’s announcement that he is not done fighting.
“This is an unbelievably special night,” said Coleman. “But my main goal is to get back in the cage and fight. I’m not retired. I’m not retired.”
“I’ve been asking (UFC president) Dana (White) for a long time,” he continued. “He finally found me an opponent. He gave me five month’s notice… Brock Lesnar.”
Recent speculation had put Brock Lesnar on an as yet unannounced UFC event in August. So now it is no longer speculation, Lesnar will face Coleman in the older wrestler’s return to the Octagon.
Forrest Griffin and Quinton Jackson are also expected to fight for the UFC light heavyweight championship held by Jackson in August.
According to Sherdog.com, Coleman and Lesnar will square off at UFC 87 on Aug. 9, which will take place in Minneapolis, Minn.
“He’s a beast. He’s an animal,” said Coleman of the man who will welcome him back to the UFC.
Despite cementing his past legacy with his induction into the Hall of Fame, Coleman isn’t ready to be written off yet. Lesnar is a strong, athletic, younger fighter, but Coleman doesn’t want to be written off yet.
“Don’t bet the house against me,” said the first ever UFC heavyweight champion and first Pride Grand Prix champion.