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Max Holloway wants “real life BMF” Mark Coleman to present title at UFC 300

Harry Kettle - April 2, 2024

UFC star Max Holloway wants Mark Coleman to present the BMF title to the winner of his fight against Justin Gaethje. At UFC 300, Max Holloway and Justin Gaethje will compete for the aforementioned BMF championship. In recent weeks, however, you could argue that Mark Coleman has been talked about more so than either of those guys.

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VIDEO | Mark Coleman seen at the gym just days after devastating house fire

Josh Evanoff - March 18, 2024

Former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman is already back in the gym. ‘The Hammer’ is one of the most beloved early UFC stars. However, Mark Coleman was unfortunately the victim of a terrible house fire last week. As many have already reported, the retired fighter’s dog Hammer, woke him up in the middle of the night to alert him. Thanks to the alert, Coleman was able to get his parents out of the home safely.

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Mark Coleman issues first statement since being hospitalized

Cole Shelton - March 15, 2024

UFC Hall of Famer and inaugural heavyweight champion Mark Coleman has issued his first statement since being hospitalized. Coleman was airlifted to a hospital after saving his parents from a house fire. According to local news stations, Coleman went in to save his parents and got them out. ‘The Hammer’ later went back in for the family dog who unfortunately passed away. The house is believed to be a total loss as the fire reportedly started in the kitchen, but it’s uncertain how the fire started.

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Video | Family shares positive update on UFC legend Mark Coleman: “Miracles do happen”

Susan Cox - March 14, 2024

The family of Mark Coleman have shared a positive update on the UFC legend. Mark ‘The Hammer’ Coleman (16-10 MMA) ended his MMA career with the UFC back in 2010.

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Mark Coleman airlifted to hospital after saving his parents from a house fire

Cole Shelton - March 12, 2024

Mark Coleman, the inaugural UFC heavyweight champion, was airlifted to the hospital after saving his parents from a house fire. Former Bellator executive Rich Chou first brought to light that Coleman was reportedly in hospital, as he saw it mentioned on a thread on social media. Twitter personality Caposa then posted the news article about the incident, confirming Coleman was transported to the hospital.

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Mark Coleman to face former champion Montell Griffin in boxing debut in October

Josh Evanoff - June 20, 2023

Former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman is set to face Montell Griffin in October. ‘The Hammer’ is one of the more beloved figures from the early days of the promotion. He famously started 6-0 in his professional career, winning the UFC heavyweight title with a submission win over Dan Severn in 1997. That was arguably the biggest win of Mark Coleman’s career, but it was far from the last.

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Mark Coleman responds to Conor McGregor's callout, confident he "smashes" the Irishman in MMA

Cole Shelton - May 29, 2023

UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman has responded to Conor McGregor’s callout. It was recently announced that Coleman would be returning to combat sports for a celebrity boxing match. The 58-year-old last fought professionally in 2010 when he suffered a submission loss to Randy Couture. But, the UFC’s inaugural heavyweight champion has continued to train and coach, and after it was announced he’d be having the boxing match, McGregor showed interest.

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MMA legend Mark Coleman says he has agreed to square off with Tim Sylvia in SlapFIGHT Championship

Susan Cox - April 24, 2023

MMA legend Mark Coleman says he has agreed to square off with Tim Sylvia in SlapFIGHT Championship. Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (31-10 MMA) won his Slap Fighting debut via way of a knockout this past Saturday night in Oklahoma City (see that here).


UFC legend Mark Coleman praises Khamzat Chimaev: “I think he fights for a long time”

Adam Martin - October 15, 2020

UFC heavyweight legend Mark Coleman praised top prospect Khamzat Chimaev, saying that he believes Chimaev has a long career in MMA. Coleman is one of the greatest heavyweight MMA fighters of all time and he knows a thing-or-two about the art of ground-and-pound. Coleman, after all, is considered along with Tito Ortiz as the pioneers of GNP, with “The Hammer” also going by the nickname “The Godfather of Ground and Pound.” One of Chimaev’s top moves is to take his opponents down and beat them up, and it looks like the legend Coleman has taken notice.


UFC legend Mark Coleman opens up about being the victim of sexual assault at Ohio State University

Adam Martin - October 6, 2020

UFC legend Mark Coleman has opened up about being the victim of sexual assault by Dr. Richard Strauss while attending Ohio State University. Coleman is a UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion. He is one of the greatest mixed martial artist of all time and a legend in every sense of the word. Nicknamed “The Godfather of Ground and Pound,” Coleman was a successful amateur wrestler before making the transition to MMA in 1996. He was an All-American wrestler at Miami of Ohio before transferring to OSU in 1986 for his senior season. That’s where he, along with more than 350 athletes, was sexually assaulted by the predator Strauss.

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Inaugaral Valor Bare Knuckle event will apparently be headlined by UFC Hall of Famers Ken Shamrock and Mark Coleman

Christopher Taylor - July 10, 2019

UFC Hall of Famers Ken Shamrock and Mark Coleman will reportedly throw down at the inaugural Valor Bare Knuckle event this September. Earlier this evening Ken Shamrock (28-17-2 MMA) announced that he was launching his own Bare Knuckle Fighting promotion.

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Mark Coleman calls out fellow legend Don Frye: I'll "head-butt the sh*t out of you!"

Tom Taylor - May 1, 2018

This is not a drill. Mark Coleman, who was the first-ever UFC heavyweight champion, wants to come back for one more war. He’s hoping to rematch fellow UFC Hall-of-Famer Don Frye in what sounds like a no holds barred match, complete with head-butts and all the other attacks that were allowed in the halcyon days of our fine sport. It all began when Coleman took to The UG MMA forums and expressed interest in coaching an upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Frye. Shortly thereafter, fan interest began to spike on social media. This prompted Coleman to make another callout of Frye — though he still only seemed interested in coaching against his fellow legend.