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And Now He’s Retired: Mark Coleman, The Godfather of Ground & Pound, Officially Hangs Up His Gloves

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(Insert whatever version of a “Ground-n-Pound” sex joke you see fit here.)

When UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman stormed onto the mixed martial arts scene in 1996 following a storied college wrestling career and top 10 placing in the 1992 Summer Olympics, he brought with him an economic, workman style of fighting that would lead him to championship glory on his first night out. The event was the aptly-named UFC 10: The Tournament, and after beating the rights to the nickname “The Hammer” out of Moti Horenstein in his very first fight (an agreement that Moti never honored), Coleman would take out veteran Gary Goodridge and UFC 8 tournament winner Don Frye in back-to-back fights to claim the tournament championship. Coleman would repeat this feat in even more dominant fashion at UFC 11 and would unify the Heavyweight and Superfight Championships at UFC 12 the following year by choking out fellow scary wrestler Dan Severn. With the victory, Coleman’s legacy as one of the sport’s pioneers was all but written in the history books.

But Coleman didn’t stop there. Over the next 14 years, Coleman would not only popularize but would be dubbed “The Godfather” of the wrestling-based, “ground-n-pound” attack that would lead him to a PRIDE openweight championship in 2000 and a list of victories over the likes of Mauricio Rua, Stephan Bonnar, and Igor Vovchanchyn to name a few. But as all good things must come to an end, so must the legendary career of the now 48 year-old Coleman. Although he hasn’t fought since his 2010 submission loss to Randy Couture — a bout that would mark the first Hall of Famer vs. Hall of Famer fight in UFC history — Coleman has decided to officially announce his retirement from the sport as of yesterday. “The Hammer,” who is scheduled to undergo hip surgery next week (because that’s what old people do, amiright? *self-fives*), posted the following on his 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.

After the jump: A look back at some of Coleman’s greatest moments, as well as one of his worst.

Coleman vs. Vovchanchyn (Pride FC 2000 Openweight Grand Prix Finals) 

(some of) Coleman vs. Frye (UFC 10: The Tournament Finals)

Coleman vs. Rua 1 (Because PRIDE)

Coleman vs. Wanderlei Silva

-J. Jones

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Mr_Misanthropy- March 7, 2013 at 11:34 am
@ Teep

Psshaw, my 90 year old Grandma's had both of em done. One because her dog knocked her over on concrete when she was in her 70's and one in her early 80's because some scumbag purse jacked her and knocked her over in Hemet (he got 10 years).
teep- March 7, 2013 at 9:18 am
Good luck to Mark. Hip replacements are very painful and take a long time to heal. Hip replacements also have a high amount of possible serious complications. It can take months to return to normal, if ever.
Fried Taco- March 7, 2013 at 9:11 am
I think @cagepotatosucks is the girl in the pic ready to be Hammered.
cagepotatosucks- March 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm
Cagepotato besides every single article ever posted in the history of the site absolutely sucking ass, your also ALWAYS late on EVERYTHING. you guys are so far behind on this garbage ass site I seriously have no idea why it is still even up.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm
Slow but steady wins the race. News tastes better refried anyways.

Mr_Misanthropy- March 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm
If Mark was a German Shepherd the vet would just put him down.

Also, why would anybody advertise that they have a two star ass?
Caralho- March 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm
My favorite is still the brawl after his fight with Shogun at PRIDE 31. I just watched it again yesterday actually
Alan K- March 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm
That image was probably more shocking for Mark's kids than his face after the second Fedor fight.
DARKHORSE06- March 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm
Also, how long has William Wallace had stars on his ass.
DARKHORSE06- March 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm
Mark Coleman was a great fighter and is a classic bum. Something that always bugged me about him is that I always figured he was on roids. Has he ever been caught for them?
mma4ever- March 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm
My bet her hands on her cock and not his.
TellaTruth- March 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm
million dollar body. food stamp face.
Fried Taco- March 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm
The stars have aligned for Mark...