Mark Coleman has retired from mixed martial arts at age 48.
Coleman is the Godfather of Ground n Pound, the founder of Hammer House, an inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame, the first UFC heavyweight champion, the Pride Fighting Championships 2000 Open Weight Grand Prix champion, and much more.
His MMA career spanned an extraordinary 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.
Notable wins include Stephan Bonnar, Don Frye, Dan Severn, Shogun Rua, Igor Vovchanchyn.
The decades of combat took a toll, and Coleman now faces a total hip replacement. Official news of the retirement comes via 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.
PLEASE wish The Hammer well on Facebook...
Coleman came on The Underground to offer some words on his retirement and impending surgery.
Thank You and God Bless
From: Godfather of GnP
I don't know where to start or have the words. I remember like it was yesterday the first time I saw a UFC and knew this was the sport for me. The first time I stepped in the cage against Moti H. and hoped that Karate shit didnt work against Wrestling. I believed in Wrestling then and still do now.
The hardest thing about this sport is that you don't tell it when you're through, it tells you when you're done! This latest setback is the tuffest opponnent I ever had to fight against. In all of my years I never looked accross the cage and thought that I couldnt win; that was until my hip collapsed. It pains me to tell you for the past six months I have been doing anything I can to make the pain go away and figure out how I am going to pay for this surgery. I had a great career and only regret is I should have worked harder.
I want to thank all who have supported me through the years. There are way to many to name them all. To name a few: my parents/daughters/family, Dana White/Joe Silva/Fertittas/& UFC/PRIDE, MMA ELITE, Josh Burns/Patino Diet, Mike D., Mike Davis UCL, Dan Lambert, and so many more.
Thank You, Live Your Dream, and God Bless....MC
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