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Mark 'The Hammer' Coleman (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by bassbuckeye07, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. bassbuckeye07

    bassbuckeye07 Junior

    I cant believe no one is/was discussing this unless im missing somthing.... just watched it and Mark fought with heart and lost in the last 30 seconds. Actually at times they looked like drunken sailors fighting in a bar... Rua won but looked bad getting gassed by a 44 year old... I could not find any discussion of this please move if there is
  2. bassbuckeye07

    bassbuckeye07 Junior

    Seriously???? no one watched this???...... former tOSU national champ is the co main event on a UFC card trying to make his come back against a top ten lhw
  3. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    I couldn't believe Coleman was even fighting anymore even with Rua coming off injury
  4. bassbuckeye07

    bassbuckeye07 Junior

    Coleman looked slower than he did even a year and a half ago and I think Rua is probibly not as good as advertised or he is being plagued with injuries or somthing because he got gassed and hes 27....... Coleman should fight guys like Shamrock or manage and coach..... maybe their could be a senior tour or somthing.
  5. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


  6. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    At 44, former Ohio State wrestler Mark Coleman is still strong in the clinches of MMA -
  7. westbrock

    westbrock Rookie


    I didn't watch it b/c I'm too cheap to pay for the fights (like premium recruiting sites), but Coleman wins by decision.

    Not bad for the original MMA "Pride of the Ohio State Buckeyes" at 44.
  8. westbrock

    westbrock Rookie

  9. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

  10. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator|newswell|text|Sports|s
  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Mark Coleman showed ridiculous athletic ability far before he became the first heavyweight champion in Ultimate Fighting Championship history.

    Before he was an Olympic wrestler.

    Before he was an NCAA champion wrestler.

    Even before he was a high school wrestler, Mark displayed the athleticism and drive to become a champion.

    “My dad used to pay me for pushups, a penny apiece,” Coleman told Eleven Warriors. “I was able to earn a dollar at a time when I could do 100 pushups in a row. I think I was about five when I could do that. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be the best in the world as an athlete.”

    Growing up, he excelled at football and baseball, but Coleman made his name on the wrestling mat. He took up the sport at the age of five and became the first state champion for Fremont’s St. Joseph High School as a sophomore in 1981. Coleman finished runner-up as a junior due to an injury at the state tournament but capped off his career with a second straight title as a senior in the 185-pound weight class.

    While Coleman hoped to wrestle or play football at a big-time school like Iowa or Ohio State, his two state titles and a runner-up finish only netted him Division 1 wrestling offers from Ohio and Miami University. He chose Miami.

    Oxford, Ohio wasn't a hot bed for college wrestlers in the mid-1980s, so Coleman arrived on campus looking to use the university as a springboard to a big-time program like Iowa, Oklahoma State, or Ohio State.

    When wrestling for Miami, Coleman was a two-time NCAA qualifier, earning his first All-American honors in 1986 with a fourth place finish (two places ahead of future WCW tag team champion Scott Steiner of Michigan). Mark’s All-American finish was one of eight earned by a Miami University wrestler before the program ended in 1999.
    These days Coleman has put his intimidating persona behind him and now focuses on raising his three daughters. Mark’s two oldest daughters, who he famously comforted after one of his losses to Fedor, are in their late teens. Mark and his girlfriend are currently raising an 18-month-old daughter at home.

    “Not only did I provide a living for my family through MMA, but I am glad that it’s now a great path for college wrestlers to take once they graduate," Coleman said. "Some guys will go on to the Olympics, but that's only a few. MMA gives other guys a path to take to make some money.”

    No longer the fearsome figure of years past, Mark Coleman walks slower now thanks to hip replacement surgery, but he still looks able to do some damage if the need presents itself. Coleman justifies his hunched posture and slow gait by noting all of his older sports heroes from his childhood walked slowly and a bit bent over.

    “The way I see it,” Coleman said, “you have to pay your dues to be the best. When you’re all done, if you aren’t hunched over, you probably got your ass kicked. I got my ass kicked some of the time, but I gave out my fair share.”

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