Mark Coleman or Mark Daniel Coleman is a retired professional mixed martial artist who has been inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. He had an extensive fighting experience in the octagon which heightened his wresting and ground and pound skills. In fact, he is credited for coining the term “ground and pound” and is called the “Godfather of Ground and Pound”.
Born on December 20, 1964 in Fremont, Ohio, Coleman began wrestling during his teenage years and continued on while attending Miami University. While in college, he became a two-time champion during the Mid-American Conference. After college, he earned a spot in the US wrestling team and joined in the 1992 Summer Olympics where he placed seventh in the overall standing.
Nicknamed “The Hammer” for his ground and pound fighting style, Coleman started his mixed martial arts career in 1996. During his active years, he trained with Team Hammer House and played in light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.
Coleman is an American who was signed under several promotions during his active years in mixed martial arts. He was able to work under the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he became the first-ever heavyweight champion as well as the Pride Fighting Championships where he won the Open Weight Grand Prix championship title in 2000.
Aside from being a professional mixed martial artist, he was also a professional wrestler and had once been an Olympic athlete in wrestling. Coleman boasts of a mixed martial arts record of 26 fights with 16 wins and 10 losses. His wins include 4 by knockout, 8 by submission, and 4 by decision. His last fight was in 2010 and Coleman lost to Randy Couture via submission.