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Mark Coleman demonstrates why he is known as "The Godfather of Ground and Pound" against Stephan Bonnar.
Many have criticized Strikeforce for making several of its fights complete mismatches—Matt Linland vs. Robby Lawler, Dan Henderson vs. Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and Paul Daley vs. Scott Smith, to name a few.
If Coleman vs. Walker is allowed to happen, this will be one Strikeforce trend that continues under Zuffa ownership.
The fact of the matter is that Walker would be way overmatched in a fight against Coleman. Mark Coleman, despite a mediocre record at 16-10, has fought some of MMA's best competitors when they were in their primes, such as Fedor Emelianenko, Don Frye, Dan Severn, Pedro Rizzo, Igor Vovchanchyn, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Walker, on the other hand, has faced Greg Nagy and Scott Carson, two fighters who would have never been heard of if not for Strikeforce needing someone Walker could beat.
Given such a massive difference in experience, Walker would be at a severe disadvantage and would be putting his health at risk by fighting Coleman.
Walker doesn't even match up well stylistically with the former Pride Openweight Grand Prix Champion!
Coleman is a highly skilled wrestler and will be able to exploit Walker's lack of a wrestling base in MMA—even when one takes into account that Walker trains at the famed American Kickboxing Academy with such wrestling standouts as Jon Fitch, Daniel Cormier and Josh Koscheck.
If Coleman could manage to beat a younger, more experienced competitor in Stephan Bonnar, he would have no problem with Walker.