It looks like it’s the end of the road between Mark Coleman and the UFC, as FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently been able to confirm through sources close to the situation that the UFC Hall of Famer has been released from the promotion following the recent defeat at the hands of fellow MMA legend, Randy Couture.
Couture controlled the action for the bulk of the headlining match-up between the pair that took place during UFC 109 before sinking in a rear-naked choke to finish the bout – and effectively Mark Coleman’s career with the UFC – in the second round.
Affectionately referred to as “The Godfather of Ground and Pound” for good reason, Coleman first exploded onto the UFC scene back in 1996 when the former NCAA champion wrestler completely decimated three opponents (including Gary Goodridge and Don Frye) to be crowned the UFC 10 Tournament Champion, and completely changed the way many approached the game in the process.
“The Hammer” utilized his trademark ground and pound to become the UFC’s first ever heavyweight champion before going overseas to capture the illustrious PRIDE 2000 Open Weight Grand Prix Tournament Championship.
In 2009 Coleman made his long awaited return to the UFC where he suffered a loss in his first bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (a bout that earned Mark “FOTN” honors) before shocking many at UFC 100 with a dominant decision victory over the much younger Stephan Bonnar.