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"The Hammer"

Mark Coleman


Photo from photo taken by flickr user stark23x via flickr.com
Win Rate
62 %
Finish Rate
75 %
Decision Win %
67 %

Mark Coleman

6' 1 (185 cm)
75 in. (6' 3/191 cm)
United States
Main Division
Light Heavyweight
He began freestyle wrestling as a teenager and in 1981 was the first state champion wrestler for Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School . He continued to wrestle for Miami University, in Ohio, where he was a two-time Mid-American Conference wrestling champion and earned his first All-American honors in 1986. In his senior year, he transferred to The Ohio State University and won an NCAA championship in 1988. Additionally, he was awarded a spot on the US Wrestling team, placing second at the 1991 FILA Wrestling World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria, and placing seventh overall in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He participated 1996 Olympic Trials, but self-claimed lack of focus on wrestling hindered his performance, resulting in a loss in the semifinals.
Fighter Trivia
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. In late 2020, Coleman reported that he suffered a heart attack due to a complete artery blockage, and underwent a surgery to have a stent installed. In an interview with Ariel Helwani in September 2021, Coleman revealed that Wes Sims persuaded him to participate in rehab due to a drinking problem.

Awards & Accolades

  • UFC: UFC Hall of Fame (pioneer wing, 2008)
  • UFC: UFC Heavyweight Championship (1 Time, first)
  • UFC: UFC 10 Tournament Champion
  • UFC: UFC 11 Tournament Champion
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Maurício Rua
  • UFC: UFC Viewer's Choice Award
  • PRIDE Fighting Championships: Pride 2000 Grand Prix Openweight Tournament Winner
  • PRIDE Fighting Championships: Fastest win in PRIDE Fighting Championships History (0:02)
  • PRIDE Fighting Championships: One of only two fighters to win Tournaments in both Pride FC and UFC
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Fight of the Year (1997) vs. Maurice Smith on July 27

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