Mark Daniel Coleman (born December 20, 1964) is a retired American MMA, pro wrestler, former NCAA collegiate wrestler and former Olympic amateur wrestler. Known as The Hammer, he was the UFC 10 and UFC 11 tournament champion, the first UFC 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. At the age of retirement, he was taking 150,000 USD salary per year.
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 he coined; ground-and-pound, earning him the distinction as “The Godfather of Ground & Pound”.
Where is he now?
Coleman’s health reached a dire stage in 2015 when an infection was discovered in his hip following multiple surgeries. A GoFundMe page was started to help the Ohio native raise funds for the necessary procedure. He remains grateful for the outpouring of assistance that followed. However, a lifetime of battles, both in the mixed martial arts cage and on the mat continues to take a toll on the 51-year-old UFC veteran’s body.
Coleman now works to repair the strained relationship with his older daughters as he relishes a new title: Stay-at-home dad.