Mark Coleman: My body's breaking down

by Ben Fowlkes | source:

Mark Coleman, Dan Severn, and Randy Couture are each legends in the sport. And each is at or close the the end of a legendary fighting career.

"I felt a lot of different things," Coleman said of watching Couture's retirement announcement at with the 55,000 fans in the Rogers Centre. "Randy's somebody who I don't have a bad word to say about, who helped me a lot in my career, who opened his gym to me. I don't know if you want to use the word hero, but yeah, he was sort of a personal hero of mine."

"That's tough to swallow," Coleman said of his last fight, a loss vs Couture at UFC 106 in Feb. "I can handle losing, but when you don't even fight back, that's tough to swallow."

"Me and Dan, we didn't miss a meal," Coleman said of a recent visit to the troops in Afghanistan that they together . "The troops in Afghanistan, they're eating well, let's just say that, and me and Dan were right there with them. ...He kept saying, 'You know Mark, nothing personal, but I'd like to fight you again.' That one does interest me, but I told him he's going to have to drop a few pounds first."

"People will ask, 'When are you fighting again? I'm not sure if I'm done or not yet, but I do feel the repercussions of 30 years of wrestling and fighting."

"I'm 46 and the body's breaking down. Fighting was a dream, and I lived the dream. Looking back on it, all these guys out there, these young guys, you're going to look back and realize you were living a dream. Is it tough? Heck yeah, it's a tough way to make a living. But it was great."

"It's easy to spend money, but a lot harder to save money. You hear about it in every sport. How do you adjust when it's over? A lot of people don't. A lot of my good friends from the past, we're all trying to figure it out."

"I see those young fighters at small shows where I do appearances and I ask them, what's your plan? They all say, 'I want to fight in the UFC.' Well, I'm glad they say that because you've got to set your goals high, but what's your plan beyond that? You've got to think past that to what comes next."

"You've got to realize that you're living the dream and the clock is ticking," said Coleman. "It will tick fast, too. The next thing you know, it's over."

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Anti JR site profile image  

5/14/11 11:03 PM by Anti JR

Hopefully, he and other fighters can do some pro wrestling to make ends meet. Maybe NJPW will give him a call again.

YonYones site profile image  

5/14/11 10:58 PM by YonYones

Kind of forgot about Coleman since he hasn't fought in so long, kind of just assumed he retired. Thats a bummer to read though

AWilliams site profile image  

5/14/11 5:14 PM by AWilliams

 Jon Jones prays to his god.

SociallyPublish site profile image  

5/14/11 3:12 PM by SociallyPublish

 Yup, look at Jens Pulver

Poindexter site profile image  

5/14/11 2:47 PM by Poindexter

 He may be one of the only fighters around that could give Jones a run for his money.

caliphornia site profile image  

5/14/11 2:41 PM by caliphornia

mark coleman's body is definitely NOT breaking down, he is only getting better. he is trolling youdid you guys see the pics of him owning jon jones in training? real talk.

xcouturefan site profile image  

5/14/11 2:31 PM by xcouturefan

it's sad that Zuffa is scared to put together Shogun vs Coleman 3

Oddessa site profile image  

5/14/11 2:19 PM by Oddessa

 Always was a Coleman fan. Ohio had a legendary  bad ass trio in Coleman, Kerr, Randleman.. anyone know what ever happened with  Allan Fried and Greco/Judo kid Arron Schetter? some bad circumstances with Fried and being bit before his time prob kept him from an MMA career..