Coleman’s daughter recalls Fedor night fondly

Monday, April 02, 2012

 

Mark “The Hammer” Coleman received a lot of fan heat when he brought his daughters into the ring after his second loss to Fedor Emelianenko. But in an interview with HDNet Fights, Coleman and his daughter Morgan detail a moment not captured in a shampshot.

“It was a tough night,” Coleman said. “Because I took a lot of criticism from a lot of fans and a lot of professionals claiming that I traumatized my daughters. And at the time, being a dad, it was the most important thing to me. I just remember very clearly…I don’t mind losing, I just don’t wanna hurt my kids.”

“It was honestly the time of my life,” said Morgan. ” ‘Cause it was so fun out there. So I don’t regret that at all.”

The former UFC heavyweight Champion and Pride Open Weight Grand Prix champion also recalls the sports earliest days. “I’ll be honest with you. It’s easier to win the belt than to keep the belt,” Coleman said of becoming the first UFC heavyweight champion. “Nothing against Mo Smith but if I would’ve prepared properly I think I would’ve destroyed him. But I didn’t because I didn’t prepare properly, he did, and what a humbling, humbling, humbling experience.”

Is there anyone the not retired Coleman still wants to fight?

“It seems to always come down to one guy…Tito…what’s his last name? Oh yeah, Tito Ortiz. Dan Severn, he’s the one calling me out every day. He wants a revenge match versus me but I keep telling him, he’s 280 pounds and needs to lose some weight and then maybe I’ll think about it. Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, Tito Ortiz…other than that…I gotta get in shape.”