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Mark Coleman’s Scars Scar His Children For Life

Alright, you got me, this one is technically a father-daughter moment. If it makes any difference, there are two daughters, and at least one of them has better abs than any of us.  When Mark Coleman signed the contract to face Fedor Emelianenko at Pride 32 in Las Vegas, the former UFC heavyweight champion told his young daughters to pack their bags. The decision to bring them along for the trip was a no-brainer- I mean, family vacation, right? As for bringing them to the fight itself, in retrospect it looks like the brain was left out of that decision as well.

This is likely where that whole paternal “shield your young daughters from pain” instinct should have kicked in. Like any good fighter, Coleman undoubtedly believed in himself headed into the fight, but keep in mind that “The Last Emperor” was well into his legendary win-streak when this match took place. Also noteworthy is that Fedor needed only two minutes and eleven seconds to dispose of him in their first encounter. Unfortunately for all parties involved, this match (and Mark Coleman) bled into the second round. After ultimately succumbing to an armbar, a battered and bloody “Hammer” called for his daughters to join him in the ring. Their reaction to seeing their father’s swollen face, painfully immortalized on film, is only trumped by the awkwardness of them being forced to greet the man who had wailed on him moments earlier. Note to other fighters: if you’re going to show your young kids what you do for a living, use your dvr and be selective about which fights you show. Children, like some politicians, may not be able to grasp the sporting nature of a fist fight.

Happy Father’s Day.

- Chris Colemon

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CrushCo- June 20, 2011 at 7:09 am
Regarding the "baseball court", that's what GSP calls it in the linked video. Regarding my spelling, yes, I suck.
sPeLLcHeCkEr- June 20, 2011 at 6:15 am
" 'Skala' was publicly busted sneaking a peak at Gina Carano" should be "sneaking a peek".

and yeah, "baseball court"? unless you meant "baseketball".
dcmsm- June 20, 2011 at 12:44 am
No mention of Jens Pulver?

"It was the scariest moment in Jens Pulver's terrifying young life. Pulver's father was in a drunken rage, which happened regularly. He pulled out a shotgun, aimed it at his son and told him to open his mouth. Pulver said that after a few terrifying moments, his father took the shotgun out of the 7-year-old's mouth and told him, "You aren't worth the bullets." Pulver, his three younger siblings and their mother lived in terror for years. Beatings and verbal abuse were a regular occurrence. "
WuTangClan- June 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm
What the fuck is a "baseball court"?
ReX13- June 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Really well done, Crush.

Can't believe you missppelled schadenfreude though. That's rookie shitt, yo.
SquidInk- June 19, 2011 at 11:42 am
1. Whoever made the Leben vid complete with sound effects and text is a keyboard warrior, nothing more. I'd pay to see that person refer to Quarry as a "fag" in person. Regardless what you think of Quarry as an MMA fighter, I'd bet the farm that he'd be able to handle business with the creator of that vid.

2. God bless Seth Petruzelli for derailing the Kimbo Slice bandwagon of bullshit.

3. Fuck everything about the Shaws.
hooligun- June 19, 2011 at 10:32 am
great story, thanks.
Cryptococcus neoformans- June 19, 2011 at 9:17 am

This is a better list
mDino- June 19, 2011 at 9:10 am
carwin may not have heart but he fights for pride and thats respectable
Dizzylittlelord- June 19, 2011 at 8:55 am
the coleman thing is fucked up, the miller thing is hilarious and the gina carano naked pictures behind the towel dont work
KrmtDfrog- June 19, 2011 at 8:46 am
In fairness to Coleman, the story I heard was that the kids were supposed to be in the back, but Coleman spotted them in the crowd post fight and he felt he had to console them with the daddy is fine, etc. So the fault on this would be (like so many other things) on the PRIDE honchos.
Cryptococcus neoformans- June 19, 2011 at 7:57 am
That Miller story is parenting gold! Who's to say that's not good parenting?
rngeorgeh- June 19, 2011 at 7:17 am
Is Kimbo's son "special"? Just wondering...
WK- June 19, 2011 at 7:04 am
Oh shit, that Miller story was awesome.
FightZen- June 19, 2011 at 6:47 am
Not sure it the sound on that last vid was messed up, or it was just my pc, but Coleman sounds like Lou Ferrigno. Which is kind of how I think Mark Coleman would sound these days...