Mark Coleman grapples with Fedor Emelianenko at PRIDE 32: The Real Deal. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is expected to induct Mark “The Hammer” Coleman into it’s Hall of Fame when the promotion travels to Coleman’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion on March 1st.
The news comes from our friends at Knockout Radio, who made the announcement last night on their show.
The former Olympic wrestler is only one of three other fighters that won multiple tournaments during the UFC’s early years. Coleman defeated the likes of Don Frye and Gary Goodridge to win the tournaments at UFC 10 and UFC 11 respectively.
Coleman became the first UFC heavyweight champion in history when he submitted Dan Severn at UFC 12: Judgment Day in 1997.
The founder of Team Hammer House is also widely considered to be the originator of the “ground and pound” style of fighting that has become a mainstay in the sport.
Coleman will become the fifth member of the UFC’s Hall of Fame, joining Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Royce Gracie, and Randy Couture as the others that have been inducted.
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