by R.C. Samo
It is official, former Pride FC Heavyweight Champion, former UFC Heavyweight Champion and UFC Hall of Famer, Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, has announced to FanboyNation via a phone interview that he has officially retired from MMA.
“Yeah, I guess, I’m saying I am retired. The Lord has been very good to me. I’ve had a lot of highs and there are going to be some lows. Life is hard, but I’ve been blessed. Wrestling and fighting were my way of playing. You got to pay to play. I owe a lot to fighting, UFC/Pride, they did a lot for me,” said Coleman, a former NCAA and Olympic wrestler.
Coleman, who retires with a record of 16-10-0, said that he is focusing on his daughters, with his eldest in gymnastics and youngest an all-star point guard.
“I can’t comprehend fathers who don’t take interest in their kids hobbies. My daughters are my life. I’m exciting about them. I love watching them compete,” said Coleman.
The Hammer will be missed in the ring and in the cage. His legacy proceeds him and there is nobody who embodies the true meaning of a champion. Strong, powerful and humble.