Mark Coleman: My body’s breaking down

Friday, May 13, 2011

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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