Josh Gross blames Shawn Thompkins

by Josh Gross | source:

2. The wrestler who forgot what he did

Coleman made Couture's night easy when, at the advice of his trainer Shawn Tompkins and the despite the fact it has never been his path to victory, he chose to stand and trade.

From the outset, Couture jabbed at Coleman (16-10) and snapped his head back with right hands. Coleman took the shots and moved back on uncertain legs. This was not the dominant man who mauled people en route to UFC and Pride championships.

Before the fight, Tompkins said Coleman's performance would be a confident one. That for the first time in his career he walked into a fight knowing he was prepared and trained up. Shortly into the bout, Coleman carried the attitude of a confused athlete, one who was thinking instead of fighting.

Between the first and second round, Coleman looked up at Tompkins as the Canadian -- who has a long resume of working with some of MMA's best, including Couture and Dan Henderson -- offered instructions on how to keep distance and how to fire off combinations. I'm fairly certain he would have loved if Tompkins told him to run out there and take a shot on a double-leg. If you're going to go out, go out at what you do best.

Coleman, the great wrestling pioneer, forgot he was "The Hammer" -- a particularly poignant reminder from Chael Sonnen, who showed tonight ...

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HAMMER site profile image  

2/11/10 10:26 PM by HAMMER


KneeUppercut site profile image  

2/11/10 10:04 PM by KneeUppercut

The outcome would have been the same.

Dougie site profile image  

2/11/10 7:20 PM by Dougie

 The fight might have been different at HW. I agree.

Dougie site profile image  

2/11/10 7:18 PM by Dougie

 Tompkins invented cinnimon toast!

Dougie site profile image  

2/11/10 7:16 PM by Dougie

 This. "Tompkins" imo.

Dougie site profile image  

2/11/10 7:16 PM by Dougie

"Tompkins" imo.

Dougie site profile image  

2/11/10 7:15 PM by Dougie

Maybe you're the idiot?

duckrabbit site profile image  

2/10/10 3:00 PM by duckrabbit

He's totally right! He should know as well, the same thing happened when Gross fought...never mind.

Anarkis2 site profile image  

2/10/10 2:23 PM by Anarkis2

To your credit you did get Mark into fantastic shape. But it really did look like he was in conflict about what he should be doing during the fight.

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2/10/10 2:17 PM by OctopusFighter

We will, as soon as people stop using him as one.Tompkins is obviously a good striking coach, but he's a bad mma coach and a terrible cornerman. He's not even a good cornerman when it comes to striking; remember him telling Sam Stout that he was winning all the rounds against Spencer Fisher?