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Born December 20, 1964 (1964-12-20) (age 45)
Fremont, Ohio
Other names The Hammer
Nationality United States American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division 205 (2009–present)
265 (1996–2006)
Style Freestyle wrestling
Fighting out of Columbus, Ohio
Team Team Hammer House[1]
Rank NCAA Division I Wrestling
Olympian Freestyle Wrestling
Years active 1996–present MMA
MMA record
Total 26
Wins 16
By knockout 4
By submission 8
Losses 10
Draws 0
Other information
University Ohio State University
Miami University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mark Coleman (born December 20, 1964) is an American mixed martial artist, professional wrestler, former NCAA collegiate wrestler and former Olympic amateur wrestler. In MMA, he was the UFC 10 and UFC 11 tournament champion, the first Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion, and the PRIDE Fighting Championships 2000 Open Weight Grand Prix champion. At UFC 82 Coleman was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Coleman is credited with proving the ability of wrestlers to dominate in the developing sport of mixed martial arts, and with being one of the first in American MMA to successfully use the strategy that came to be known as ground-and-pound.[2], earning him the distinction as "The Godfather of Ground & Pound." [3]

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Biography

Mark Coleman was born in Fremont, Ohio, U.S. in 1964. He began freestyle wrestling as a teenager, and wrestled for Miami University, in Ohio, where he was a two time Mid-American Conference wrestling champion. In his senior year, he transferred to Ohio State University and won an NCAA championship. Out of college, The Antidote was awarded a spot on the US Wrestling team, placing second (100 kg) at the 1991 FILA Wrestling World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria, and placing seventh overall in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Following his amateur career, 'The Hammer' made the transition to the then-new sport of mixed martial arts, winning his first two tournaments in dominating fashion, including a win over UFC 8 champion Don Frye at UFC 10 in 1996, and becoming the first UFC Heavyweight Champion after submitting UFC Superfight Champion Dan Severn via submission lock with a neck crank at UFC 12.

Coleman made his first UFC Heavyweight Championship title defense at UFC 14, facing kickboxer (and heavy underdog) Maurice Smith. In what turned out to be a long battle, Coleman lost a decision after 21:00 (regulation plus two overtimes). This was considered to be one of the largest upsets in UFC history at that time, largely because of the way Coleman had dominated his opponents in his previous fights.

Coleman took nearly a year off after having to get ACL surgery and returned at UFC 17. Coleman was originally scheduled to face Randy Couture in a title match for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, but Couture was injured during training and was forced to pull out of the fight. Coleman instead faced a relatively unknown (at that time) last minute replacement fighter, up and coming Lion's Den product Pete Williams. In what turned out to be another long and strenuous battle, Coleman appeared to be completely exhausted after 10 minutes, a recurring technique he would go on to use throughout his career which he himself later dubbed as 'playing possum'. Coleman was fatigued to the point of resting his hands on his knees during the fight. In what is still considered to be one of the largest upsets in UFC history, Williams took advantage of Coleman's fatigue and landed a heavy kick to the face, knocking 'The Hammer' out for the first time in his career.

After his shocking loss to Pete Williams, Coleman went to train with former UFC champion Ken Shamrock and his Lion's Den training camp for his upcoming bout with feared Brazilian striker Pedro Rizzo at UFC 18. The fight with Rizzo was part of the "Road to the Heavyweight Title", which was a four man tournament between Coleman, Rizzo, Bas Rutten and Tsuyoshi Kosaka that would crown the next UFC Heavyweight Champion. After 15:00 the fight went to the judges, and they gave a split decision win to Rizzo. This bout was a source of controversy to many, including Coleman himself, who felt that he was robbed of the decision win.[4][5][6] In a recent interview, Coleman said he still feels the effects of the controversial decision loss to Rizzo.[7]

PRIDE Fighting Championships

From 1999 through 2006, The Hammer continued his career with Japanese promotion, PRIDE Fighting Championships while also making appearances with the professional wrestling promotion HUSTLE. He won the PRIDE 2000 Open Weight Grand Prix tournament defeating Masaaki Satake, Akira Shoji, Kazuyuki Fujita, and Igor Vovchanchyn. The Hammer's training and 2000 tournament victory are depicted in the documentary The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr.

After a quick TKO victory over Allan Goes at PRIDE 13, Coleman faced possibly his toughest challenge ever in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at PRIDE 16. "Minotauro" was able to catch the Hammer in a triangle/armbar at 6:10 of the first round, breaking Coleman's six fight winning streak.

Coleman would take nearly two years off following the fight with Nogueira, spending time with his wife and children, and focusing on developing his martial arts training facility and stable of fighters at Team Hammer House. Training such fighters as Kevin Randleman, Wes Sims, Brandon Lee Hinkle and Phil Baroni, Team Hammer House quickly gained a reputation of turning out world class fighters.

Mark Coleman returned to MMA competition at PRIDE 26 to face Don Frye in a rematch of their meeting at UFC 10; this proved to be a much tougher battle. Coming back from a career threatening neck injury, Coleman ultimately won a unanimous decision victory after 20 minutes. Following the fight, Coleman apologised to the fans for the lack of action during the fight, in which he had spent the majority of the time in taking down and maintaining positional dominace of Frye with his superior wrestling ability.

Between training fighters and spending time with his family, the Hammer was now fighting roughly once a year. He returned to competition to take place in the PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix, as the returning Grand Prix champion in the Open Weight Division. His first round match at PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 was against PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. In what turned out to be a short bout, Coleman was submitted by armbar at 2:11 of the first round, eliminating him from the tournament.

Coleman returned to the Pride ring in February 2005, this time facing Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović at PRIDE 29: Fists of Fire. Suffering the second knockout of his career, the Hammer fell to strikes by "Cro Cop" in the first round. In November 2005, Mark Coleman appeared in Bushido Europe-Rotterdam Rumble, Europe's first Bushido event, and choked out Milco Voorn at 0:56 of the first round.

The Hammer returned to action at PRIDE 31 with a victory over Chute Boxe team member Mauricio "Shogun" Rua after the fight was stopped when Shogun suffered a dislocated elbow during a Coleman takedown. With Team Hammer House member Phil Baroni in his corner, Coleman began the match by taking Shogun to the ground. At 0:49 of the first round, Rua got up and as he took the first step Coleman grabbed his feet. Rua fell awkwardly and broke his arm. Coleman continued to fight, peppering Rua with strikes before the referee stopped the fight but not before the Coleman threw the referee aside and began to shout at Murilo Rua, Mauricio's brother, who entered the ring following the injury. With the referee still holding the Coleman, Chute Boxe members come charging to the ring to protect their teammate. In the flash of an eye, amongst the hordes of managers, trainers, PRIDE officials, judges, referees and security people all in the ring trying to separate everyone, Wanderlei Silva charged into the ring and went after Coleman. Then in the next instant, Colemans training partner Phil Baroni went after Silva.

Backstage in his post-fight interview, Coleman stated that the whole melee happened in the heat of the moment and that he didn’t blame the Chute Boxe team for coming in and backing their fighter. He then added that similar to Chute Boxe, Hammer House is also like a family, and thanked Baroni for coming in and watching his back. [8] An outraged Chute Boxe refused to accept Coleman's backstage apology. The Chute Boxe team was assigned a yellow card for instigating this infraction.

On October 21 2006, Mark Coleman again faced PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at PRIDE's first American show, PRIDE 32: The Real Deal,[9] and lost via submission (armbar) at 1:17 of round two.

Mark Coleman appeared with teammate, Kevin Randleman, on the US pay-per-view broadcast of the final PRIDE event, PRIDE 34: Kamikaze, stating that he intended to keep fighting.

Return to UFC (2008–2010)

At UFC 82, Mark Coleman was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, making him the 5th inductee. Coleman announced that he was not retiring and would return to the octagon to fight Brock Lesnar on August 9 in Minneapolis at UFC 87. However, Coleman injured his knee while training, and was forced to pull out of the event. Heath Herring replaced Coleman for the fight.

At UFC 109, Coleman faced fellow UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, after originally being scheduled to meet at UFC 17 in 1998 twelve years prior, in which an injury forced Couture to drop out of the fight. Coleman went on record, multiple times during the build-up for the fight, in which he claimed this was his dream bout. After being outboxed on the feet, Coleman was taken down and defeated shortly after by (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:09 in round 2. The bout marked the first time two UFC Hall of Fame inductees had fought.

Despite being the headliner at UFC 109, Coleman was released from the promotion along with Frank Trigg, Phillipe Nover and Tim Hague following his loss to Couture.[10] [11]

Personal life

Coleman has two daughters.[12]

He appeared in the documentary The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Mark Kerr alongside fellow fighter Mark Kerr.

In June 2006, it was announced that Coleman was one of the new coaches in the International Fight League, but unable to assemble a team, he was replaced by Ken Shamrock.[13]

Mixed Martial Arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16-10 United States Randy Couture Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 109: Relentless 2010-02-06 2 1:09 United States Las Vegas, US Cut from the UFC
Win 16-9 United States Stephan Bonnar Decision (Unanimous) UFC 100 2009-07-11 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, US
Loss 15-9 Brazil Mauricio Rua TKO (Punches) UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson 2009-01-17 3 4:36 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Won Fight of the Night. Debut at 205 lbs
Loss 15-8 Russia Fedor Emelianenko Submission (Armbar) PRIDE 32: The Real Deal 2006-10-21 2 1:15 United States Las Vegas, US
Win 15-7 Brazil Mauricio Rua TKO (Broken Arm) PRIDE 31: Unbreakable 2006-02-26 1 0:49 Japan Saitama, Japan
Win 14-7 Netherlands Milco Voorn Submission (Arm-Triangle) Bushido Europe-Rotterdam Rumble 2005-10-09 1 0:56 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Loss 13-7 Croatia Mirko Cro Cop KO (Punches) PRIDE 29: Fists Of Fire 2005-02-20 1 3:40 Japan Saitama, Japan
Loss 13-6 Russia Fedor Emelianenko Submission (Armbar) PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 2004-04-25 3 4:33 Japan Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight GP Opening Round
Win 13-5 United States Don Frye Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 26: Bad to the Bone 2003-06-08 3 5:00 JapanYokohama, Japan
Loss 12-5 Brazil Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Submission (Triangle/Armbar) PRIDE 16: Beasts From The East 2001-09-24 1 6:10 JapanOsaka, Japan
Win 12-4 Brazil Allan Goes TKO (Knees) PRIDE 13: Collision Course 2001-03-25 1 1:19 JapanSaitama, Japan
Win 11-4 Ukraine Igor Vovchanchyn Submission (Knees) PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals 2000-05-01 2 3:09 JapanTokyo, Japan Won PRIDE 2000 Openweight GP Final
Win 10-4 Japan Kazuyuki Fujita TKO (Corner Stoppage) PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals 2000-05-01 1 0:02 JapanTokyo, Japan PRIDE 2000 Openweight GP Semifinal
Win 9-4 Japan Akira Shoji Decision PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals 2000-05-01 1 15:00 JapanTokyo, Japan PRIDE 2000 Openweight GP Quarterfinal
Win 8-4 Japan Masaaki Satake Submission (Neck Crank) PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round 2000-01-30 1 1:14 JapanTokyo, Japan PRIDE 2000 Openweight GP Opening Round
Win 7-4 Brazil Ricardo Morais Decision PRIDE 8 1999-11-21 2 10:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Loss 6-4 Japan Nobuhiko Takada Submission (Heel Hook) PRIDE 5 1999-04-29 2 1:44 JapanNagoya, Japan PRIDE debut, Has been confirmed by Coleman that he was asked to lose the fight for more money.
Loss 6-3 Brazil Pedro Rizzo Decision (Split) UFC 18: Road to the Heavyweight Title 1999-01-08 1 15:00 United StatesNew Orleans, Louisiana Left the promotion after the fight
Loss 6–2 United States Pete Williams KO (Head Kick) UFC 17: Redemption 1998-05-15 1 12:38 United States Mobile, Alabama
Loss 6–1 United States Maurice Smith Decision (Unanimous) UFC 14: Showdown 1997-07-27 1 21:00 United StatesBirmingham, Alabama Lost UFC Heavyweight title
Win 6–0 United States Dan Severn Submission (Neck Crank) UFC 12: Judgement Day 1997-02-07 1 2:57 United StatesDothan, Alabama Won first ever UFC Heavyweight title
Win 5–0 United States Brian Johnston Submission (Strikes) UFC 11: The Proving Ground 1996-09-20 1 2:20 United StatesAugusta, Georgia Won UFC 11 Tournament
Win 4–0 United States Julian Sanchez Submission (Choke) UFC 11: The Proving Ground 1996-09-20 1 0:45 United StatesAugusta, Georgia
Win 3–0 United States Don Frye TKO (Strikes) UFC 10: The Tournament 1996-07-12 1 11:34 United StatesBirmingham, Alabama Won UFC 10 Tournament
Win 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago Gary Goodridge Submission (Position) UFC 10: The Tournament 1996-07-12 1 7:00 United StatesBirmingham, Alabama, US
Win 1–0 Israel Moti Horenstein Submission (Strikes) UFC 10: The Tournament 1996-07-12 1 2:43 United StatesBirmingham, Alabama, US

Championships and accomplishments

Amateur wrestling

  • NCAA champion
  • FILA World Freestyle Wrestling championship 100 kg 2nd place (1991)
  • 7th place 1992 Summer Olympics freestyle wrestling (100 kg class)

Mixed martial arts

Pride FC

Ultimate Fighting Championship

References

  1. ^ "Fight Finder: Mark Coleman". Sherdog. 2007. http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=136. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  2. ^ " In fact, he's known as the "Godfather of Ground & Pound". Mark Coleman has got such a long list of wrestling titles, but it's when he stepped into mixed martial arts that he really proved the dominance of wrestlers who can go into the guard and strike or take you down and strike. He is the man responsible for coining the term 'ground and pound'" referring to his ability to takedown and then punch, elbow, and knee his way to victory (Stephen Quadros, PRIDE 16, 2001)
  3. ^ "UFC 10: Birth of ground ‘n’ pound". Yahoo. http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=dd-ufcten041109&prov=yhoo&type=lgns. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  4. ^ Sherdog.com Mark "The Hammer" Coleman Interview-Part 3 of 4 December 18, 2000
  5. ^ Sherdog.com Mark "The Hammer" Coleman Interview-Part 2 of 4 December 18, 2000
  6. ^ http://www.heavy.com/post/mark-coleman-bottom-line-i-can-still-fight-3377
  7. ^ http://www.heavy.com/post/mark-coleman-bottom-line-i-can-still-fight-3377
  8. ^ Chute Boxe-Hammer House Rivalry Reaches Boiling Point
  9. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=2437&zoneid=2
  10. ^ "Mark Coleman Released By UFC After UFC 109 Loss; Phillipe Nover and Tim Hague Also Cut". mmafrenzy.com. http://mmafrenzy.com/13149/mark-coleman-released-by-ufc-after-ufc-109-loss-phillipe-nover-and-tim-hague-also-cut/. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  11. ^ http://www.ugo.com/tv/here-today-gone-tomorrow-ufc-headliner-cut-from-his-contract
  12. ^ (Living Legend: The Antidote with his daughters after losing to Fedor Emelianenko, 2006.)
  13. ^ http://www.internationalfightleague.com/News.aspx?i=87

External links

Previous winner
Don Frye
UFC 10 Heavyweight tournament winner

July 12, 1996

Next winner
Mark Coleman
Previous winner
Mark Coleman
UFC 11 Heavyweight tournament winner

September 20, 1996

Next winner
Vitor Belfort
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1st UFC Heavyweight championship winner

February 7, 1997 – July 27, 1997

Next winner
Maurice Smith
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PRIDE Grand Prix tournament winner

2000

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Wanderlei Silva







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