End of an Era! Mark Coleman Officially Retires From Sport of Mixed Martial Arts

Mark Coleman can be remembered for a a lot in the sport of mixed martial arts; the Godfather of Ground n Pound, the founder of Hammer House, a UFC Hall of Famer, the first UFC heavyweight champion, the Pride Fighting Championships 2000 Open Weight Grand Prix champion, just to name a few.

His extraordinary MMA career spanned a total of 16 years, from 1996 to 2010, and he did not begin competing the sport until some ten years after becoming a DIV I All-American in 1986, and some four years past placing in the top 8 at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Some of “The Hammers” most notable wins include Stephan Bonnar, Don Frye, Dan Severn, Shogun Rua, and Igor Vovchanchyn.

The decades took a toll on Coleman, who now faces a total hip replacement. Official news of the retirement comes via his Facebook:

“Total Hip replacement next Monday. Ouch. The hammer is done fighting. I know been done. Just looking for some prayers. i thank everyone who will help me get through this. Have to pay to play sometimes. Only regret is could have worked harder. Love you all live your dream.”

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