Originally written on hov-mma  |  Last updated 10/14/14
Article seen on Examiner.com Most fans who came to the party circa The Ultimate Fighter don’t know much about the history of Mark Coleman.  Anytime you see someone effectively utilizing ground and pound, just know, they are not utilizing it like Mark Coleman did.  The innovated of the style that launched a thousand careers, Mark Coleman was once the best in the world.  Coleman’s ground and pound was a thing of absolute violence and beauty.  He would take his opponent down, and rain down tremendous shots, with a fury never before seen in the sport.  He is the first wrestler who came into the sport, and excelled with takedowns and ground and pound.  Mark had a fourteen year professional career that saw him become both the first ever UFC Heavyweight Champion, and win the 2000 Pride Open-weight Grand Prix.  Those are the kind of credentials that other fighters dream of.  He started a gym, known as the Hammer House, and trained his protege Kevin Randleman there, among others. Coleman was also involved in some of the wildest incidents in MMA, including the Hammer House vs. Chute Boxe war at Pride 31 when Coleman was facing Shogun Rua, who broke his arm/elbow on a freak injury while being taken down by Coleman.  It resulted in Wanderlei Silva and the Chute Boxe crew having a brawl in the ring with Coleman and Phil Baroni.  Shogun would get his revenge in the UFC, but it was a moment that is ingrained in the memories of Pride fans.  Coleman also is responsible for the most hilarious post fight celebration in Pride history.  After defeating Igor Vovchanchyn to become the Pride 2000 Grand Prix champion, Coleman leapt around the ring, including a drive to a laying position on the top rope, that immediately saw him crash back into the ring.  Coleman didn’t do anything half way.  Coleman is often overlooked when talking about the best of the best in MMA.  His 16-10 record doesn’t tell the tale of dominance he once had.  His last fight was a loss to Randy Couture, whose 19-11 record is similar, but he’s held in higher regard.  Then again, he coached The Ultimate Fighter, so everyone knows him. Now 48, retired and facing a hip replacement, Mark Coleman is a legend, a UFC Hall of Famer, and the Grandfather of Ground and Pound.  Here’s to hoping the next chapter of his life, is as fulfilling and successful as this last one was.    

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