Mark Coleman declares himself the ‘backup for every fighter’ at UFC 300 weeks after nearly dying in fire

MixCollage 03 Apr 2024 02 23 PM 55Combat sports legend Mark Coleman is headed to UFC 300. The promotion’s first-ever heavyweight world champion nearly lost his…

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Combat sports legend Mark Coleman is headed to UFC 300.

The promotion’s first-ever heavyweight world champion nearly lost his life in a devastating fire last month. Awaken by his pet dog in the middle, Coleman heroically carried both of his parents to safety, suffering smoke inhalation in the process. Fortunately, the two-time UFC Hall of Famer pulled through that and a subsequent bout with pneumonia before being given a full bill of health.

Mark Coleman

To honor ‘The Hammer’ and his heroic efforts, Dana White and Co. will host Coleman and his daughters for UFC 300 on April 13 in Las Vegas.

“I’m so excited today,” Coleman wrote in a video caption on Instagram. “The UFC is bringing me in giving me and my daughters tickets to the biggest show ever UFC 300 in Las Vegas. So stoked let’s go. The BMF belt that’s the one I’m excited about. The main event is huge as well. The whole card is sick. See you there. What a great day to be alive. Be the best version of yourself you can be you never know when you’re gonna need it. Sober is cool, carnivore diet, nine ancestral tenants, hammer House for life.”

Mark Coleman

In the video itself, Coleman said he’s feeling so good that he’ll step up and be the backup for any and every fighter on the card.

“What’s up everybody,” he said. “Good afternoon! I’m so excited. UFC is bringing me into UFC 300. I’m in training. I’m the backup for every fighter. Let’s go!”

Max Holloway wants Mark Coleman to present the BMF title at UFC 300

While we don’t expect to see the 59-year-old legend strap on the four-ounce gloves ever again, BMF title challenger Max Holloway suggested that Mark Coleman be the one who straps the bragging rights belt around the winner’s waist at UFC 300.

“The only correct answer is Mark Coleman,” Holloway told MMA Junkie when asked who should present the BMF title at UFC 300. “Especially with what he went through recently with his dog and his dog waking him to go save his stuff and he goes in there and runs for his dog? The guy’s a G. That’s a real life BMF. That would be sick if he did it. It would be an honor to get him to do it.”

Between 1996 and 2010, Mark Coleman competed against some of the biggest names in combat sports during his time in PRIDE and the UFC, including Gary Goodridge, Don Frye, Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Cro Cop, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, and Randy Couture. In 2008, he was inducted into the Pioneer Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame. Eight years later, he would receive a second induction, this time into the Fight Wing for his classic clash with Pete Williams at UFC 17 in May 1998.

For all his accomplishes in the world of mixed martial arts, Coleman will forever be remembered as the UFC’s inaugural heavyweight champion, winning back-to-back tournaments at UFC 10 and UFC 11 before submitting Dan Severn with a scarf hold at UFC 12 to etch his name in the history books.

Mark Coleman

UFC legend Mark Coleman returns to the gym less than a week after nearly dying in devastating house fire

UFC legend Mark Coleman returns to the gym less than a week after nearly dying in devastating house fireUFC legend Mark Coleman is already back in the gym after nearly losing his life in a devastating house…

UFC legend Mark Coleman returns to the gym less than a week after nearly dying in devastating house fire

UFC legend Mark Coleman is already back in the gym after nearly losing his life in a devastating house fire.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 12, Coleman was awakened by his dog only to discover that his childhood home was engulfed in flames. He quickly lept into action, carrying both of his parents to safety before racing back into the house to try and find his beloved pet. Covered in soot and barely able to breathe, Coleman was airlifted to a hospital where he remained unconscious until two days later.

Mark Coleman

Once awake and able to communicate, Coleman recounted the terrifying details while embracing his daughters, Morgan and Kenzie in an emotional video clip that quickly went viral.

‘The Hammer’ was released from the hospital last week only to be readmitted an hour later where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Fortunately, things are looking up for the two-time UFC Hall of Famer, who has already returned to Matt Brown’s gym in Columbus, Ohio on Monday where he trains and coaches alongside ‘The Immortal.’

Mark Coleman and Matt Brown

“I am healing up very well,” Coleman wrote on Instagram. “My lungs are sore. My eyes are burnt but I’m very much alive and well. I feel so blessed it’s in my higher powers hands. He wants me to move forward today and I am. I’m overwhelmed by the love and support that I have received, if I had a wish it would be that I could meet each and every one of you to give you a big hug and thank you in person.

“Everybody check in on your loved ones life is good life is what you make it. Everything starts with a thought keep the negative thoughts out of your head, love you all so much.”

Matt Brown shares video of Mark Coleman back at the gym

Matt Brown also shared a video of Mark Coleman back inside his Immortal Martial Arts Center on social media.

In a follow-up message, Coleman encouraged everyone to make the most of every day they have, knowing all too well that seeing another sunrise is never guaranteed.

“I’m glad I’m still here with you all. We have more things to do,” Coleman said. “Tomorrow is not promised. Live in the moment and find peace today.”

Ex-UFC champion Mark Coleman rushed back to the hospital shortly after his release on Friday

Ex-UFC champion Mark Coleman rushed back to hospital shortly after release: 'He has now developed pneumonia'It’s been a difficult week for UFC legend Mark Coleman. On Tuesday morning, the former heavyweight champion was awakened…

Ex-UFC champion Mark Coleman rushed back to hospital shortly after release: 'He has now developed pneumonia'

It’s been a difficult week for UFC legend Mark Coleman.

On Tuesday morning, the former heavyweight champion was awakened by his dog around 4 a.m. only to discover that his childhood home was engulfed in flames. Acting quickly, ‘The Hammer’ carried both of his parents to safety, but suffered from smoke inhalation after trying to save his beloved pet. Coleman was airlifted to a local hospital where he remained in a coma before regaining consciousness on Thursday.

Mark Coleman house

Coleman’s recount of the horrifying details while embracing his two daughters — Morgan and Kenzie — was an undeniably emotional and inspiring moment that quickly went viral.

Further updates from the Coleman family appeared to show the MMA legend well on his way to recovery. So much so that ‘The Hammer’ was released from the hospital on Friday. However, Coleman’s oldest daughter revealed that they were forced to return to the facility roughly an hour after arriving home as Coleman began experiencing numbness in his arms and pain in his chest.

“Daily update. Kenzie here,” she wrote in a post on Instagram. “Hi everyone. It’s been a worldwind of a week. Yesterday my dad was released from st vincents in Toledo where they thought he was stable enough to go home. We were only home for about an hour in Columbus when he started to have numbness in his arms and chest pain. Of course my sister and I rushed him back to the hospital where we found out he has now developed pneumonia.

“Despite all of this he is still his same positive, spunky, spitfire self just as you can imagine from the video above. He wants to again thank you all for the support and love you have shown him and us during this extremely difficult time. I have read him so many of your guys comments and he is so overwhelmed with joy. He is getting rest and i promise to take the best care of him.

“He is the true definition of a fighter and defines strength like no other. Sometimes i even think he’s a super human. He loves you all so much. He always says without his supporters he’s nothing. It feels good to be home with my daddy. Please continue to pray for his healing and health during this recovery process. Hammer house 4 life.”

Mark Coleman and his daughters

Mark Coleman’s MMA Legacy has stood the test of time

Mark Coleman is best known for being the first-ever UFC heavyweight world champion, defeating Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn to claim the title after winning back-to-back tournaments at UFC 10 and UFC 11. ‘The Hammer’ went on to compete against a slew of top-shelf talent in both PRIDE FC and the UFC, including Don Frye, Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Cro Cop, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and ‘Shogun’ Rua.

In February 2010, Coleman competed in the first UFC fight pitting two Hall of Famers against one another when he met Randy Couture at UFC 109.

A GoFundMe campaign established to help Coleman and his daughters with living expenses and mounting medical bills has already blasted past its initial $50,000 goal and is nearing $120,000 with over 2,500 donations. If you’d like to donate to the cause, you can do so right here.

Mark Coleman GoFundMe campaign

UFC icon Mark Coleman shares message with his fans after surviving devastating house fire in childhood home

UFC icon Mark Coleman shares message with his fans after surviving devastating house fire in childhood homeUFC legend Mark Coleman has a message for all of his fans and supporters. On Tuesday morning, ‘Coleman was…

UFC icon Mark Coleman shares message with his fans after surviving devastating house fire in childhood home

UFC legend Mark Coleman has a message for all of his fans and supporters.

On Tuesday morning, ‘Coleman was asleep at his childhood home in Fremont, Ohio when a fire quickly grew out of control. Alerted by his dog — appropriately named Hammer — the MMA icon raced out of his bed and bravely carried both of his parents to safety.

Mark Coleman house fire

He then ran back inside the burning building to try and save his beloved pet. Sadly, the dog died and Coleman was airlifted to a local hospital, said to be in critical condition due to smoke inhalation.

Mark Coleman

Fortunately, ‘The Hammer’ woke up on Thursday surrounded by his daughters Kenzie and Morgan.

Coleman recounted the terrifying details while saying he felt like the “happiest man in the world” knowing that he and his parents survived.

On Friday, one of Coleman’s daughters delivered a message on behalf of her father on Facebook, thanking fans, fighters, and doctors, and paying tribute to the dog that helped save his life.

“Hi guys! This is Kenzie again. I’m typing out what my dad has said to me in the hospital. Mark the hammer Coleman here. I want to first thank my higher power above without him this isn’t possible. Next i want to thank each and every one of you for the prayers, support, and generosity. I always knew i had the best fans around. What you have done for me and my family is truly remarkable.

“I also want to thank the doctors, nurses and hospital staff who saved my life. I can’t wait to take you all along with me during my recovery journey. You are all now apart of hammer house. I’m blessed and grateful my parents and i are walking out of this alive. I encourage you to do the things you want to do, better yourself, and cherish every moment. Tomorrow is not promised.

“Also, it breaks my heart to say this but rest in peace to my special to my dog hammer. If you followed me before all of this you knew he was my sidekick and bestfriend. We spent every day together and I will miss him so much. As always…sober is cool, carnivore diet, 9 ancestral tenets. Hammer house if 4 life. Are you in now? Dont ever count the hammer out. I love you all.”

Mark Coleman

GoFundMe Campaign for Mark Coleman continues to grow

Following Tuesday’s event, Mark Coleman’s daughters set up a GoFundMe campaign to help their father with living expenses and mounting medical bills during his road to recovery. As of this writing, the fundraising has more than doubled its original goal, amassing nearly $112,000, and continues to grow by the hour with nearly 2,500 donations.

Wow! The power of prayer and overwhelming support means everything to us,” Coleman’s daughter Morgan wrote in an update. “Miracles do happen! Our Dad is breathing on his own. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and please keep praying for our Dad as he continues his recovery.”

If you’d like to show your support and donate, you can do so right here.

UFC heavyweight legend Mark Coleman is responsive after saving parents from destructive house fire

UFC heavyweight legend Mark Coleman is responsive after saving his parents from destructive house fireTwo-time UFC Hall of Fame inductee Mark Coleman is responsive after being airlifted to a hospital following a devastating…

UFC heavyweight legend Mark Coleman is responsive after saving his parents from destructive house fire

Two-time UFC Hall of Fame inductee Mark Coleman is responsive after being airlifted to a hospital following a devastating house fire in his childhood home.

In the early morning hours on Tuesday, Coleman was alerted to a house fire by his dog — appropriately named Hammer — around 4 a.m. Coleman quickly sprang from his bed and carried his parents to safety as the fire began to grow increasingly out of control. He reportedly ran back into the house in an attempt to save the dog, suffering smoke inhalation in the process. Sadly, the dog did not survive.

Mark Coleman

Things were looking dire for the former heavyweight champion who was said to have been in critical condition. But on Thursday, we received some good news. In a video posted on Facebook, Mark Coleman was responsive and talking with his family while recalling the terrifying incident.

“I’m the happiest man in the world,” Coleman said while holding onto his two daughters. “I can’t believe my parents are alive. I had to make the decision. I got out of my room and went to the door and it was already horrible. I couldn’t breathe. I almost had to go outside. I got them, but I couldn’t find Hammer.”

GoFundMe Campaign for mark Coleman Blasted Past Its Goal in just 24 Hours

Coleman’s daughters, Morgan and Kenzie, have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the mounting medical bills and living expenses. As of this writing, the page has eclipsed $68,000 on a goal of $50,000 with more than 1,500 donations.

“Words can’t describe how thankful we are for the love and generosity you all have shown. We want to Thank each and every one of you for your support, kind words, prayers, and donations. We will keep you updated on our Dads progress.”

Mark Coleman

If you would like to show your support and donate to the cause, you can do so right here.