Exclusive: Mark Coleman cut from the UFC

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.

33 COMMENTS
  • Angry Mike says:

    If I were Bonnar I’d be a little nervous.

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  • retrofitting123 says:

    yeah,first houston,now colemen then hopefully Tito

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  • manny says:

    Nothing against coleman his fans but he needs to retire & coach. About time he was cut, Bonnar should be next. He hasnt won any fights recently. what about if Jardine loses to bader? Should he be worried?

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    well then. that didnt take long

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    manny: Nothing against coleman his fans but he needs to retire & coach. About time he was cut, Bonnar should be next. He hasnt won any fights recently. what about if Jardine loses to bader? Should he be worried?  (Quote)

    good point manny

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  • fanoftna33 says:

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I may be wrong but I cant remember anybody who has been on TUF and gotten any sort of ratings getting cut from the ufc (Any fightern not involved with police actions that is.)

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  • Well, I suppose this serves as SOME evidence that White cares more about the safety of his fighters than trying to make an easy buck.

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  • Guthookd says:

    Mark Coleman vs. Ken Shamrock for the Mexican Tumbleweed Title!!

    Also on the main card will be Mark Kerr vs. Don Fry.

    It’s going to happen.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Guthookd: Mark Coleman vs. Ken Shamrock for the Mexican Tumbleweed Title!!Also on the main card will be Mark Kerr vs. Don Fry.It’s going to happen.  (Quote)

    Make it a tournament and you got a great ppv card.

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  • Jak says:

    I think they actually treated Coleman amazing. He was a pioneer in the sport, but had long since been an after thought.

    The UFC gave him him one last hurrah and a main event on a UFC card. I can’t imagine any other organizations doing that.

    Nobody expected him to win, but as a mid 40’s fighter who didn’t have much left in the tank he can now focus on life after fighting, it was a great send off.

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  • Xspur says:

    It would have been nice to have let Mark make the announcement, give him a chance to “retire” from the UFC. As for Bonnar getting cut, that’s just not going to happen. Griffen and Bonnar have life long contracts with Dana White. (not literally). I remember watching one of DFW’s vblogs backstage after Bonnar had just lost to Jones. Dana tells him something along the lines of “don’t worry kid, you have nothing to worry about, you will be with this company forever.” It seems all the vblogs from ufc 94 have been deleted so i can’t confirm exactly what was said, but it was along those lines. I’m sure if Bonnar is ever let go of his fighting duties he will be a part time announcer, or have some kind of involvement with the company.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Bonner vs Griffen is the fight that made the company finally get the notice they deserved, neither one of thoes guys will be cut barring maybe a 5 fight losing streak, which Joe Silva will do his best to prevent.

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  • Lethal Liquid says:

    There’s your worthy opponent. Don’t think Randy getting that title shot. In all honesty Mark had no more fight in him. Yea I have to agree with you guys Bonnar is all but irrelevant. If Bonnar loses his next fight he should be cut. There have been guys cut for less. Jardine is inconsistent but he still hasn’t addressed his issue of standing and trading with these strikers. Much like Forrest had to learn that you can’t stand and trade with the cream of the crop and expect to have good consistent results.

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  • fetussandwich says:

    fanoftna33: I would really like to see Coleman go to Strikeforce for just 1 fight, Randalman vs Coleman.  

    I would really like to see Coleman stop fighting. The “I guess I’ll just have to train harder” routine at age 47 won’t even be able to fool him much longer.

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  • Xspur: It would have been nice to have let Mark make the announcement, give him a chance to “retire” from the UFC.nbsp; (Quote)

    It might be an issue of Coleman not wanting to retire a la Liddell.

    Also, props to the 5Oz for breaking this story.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Jak made a good point. I remember hearing an off-the-cuff remark (might’ve been Rogan or Goldberg) about Coleman having personal/financial problems. If so, UFC definitely threw him a bone and should get a tip of the hat for it.

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  • stonehands says:

    I know hes not as notable as Cole man but they also cut Tim Hague as well. And he got the shaft on the decision. Looks like Strike force is gonna start getting more and more good talent.

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  • waitetr says:

    I find it odd that he was cut. Given his recent record:

    – He lost a decision to Shogun who fought for the title and will fight for it again
    – Beat Bonner who is a decent fighter
    – Lost to Randy who will likely fight for the title

    I mean others have gone 0-3 like Mac Danzig but were kept. I think he should have been given one more fight perhaps a new comer and then let him go if he loses.

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  • Rich S. says:

    I’ll be honest, I’m surprised by this.. But, it’s the best thing they could do.. The only thing that would come from any future UFC matchups is a trip to the hospital for Coleman..

    I’d also be surprised if Coleman TRULY wants to continue fighting, because he certainly had no drive when he was in there with Couture..

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  • medEVIL says:

    I can’t say I’m completely shocked by this news, but I can say I’m a little dissapointed. As bad as he looked against Couture, I’d still would have liked see him fight the winner, or loser, of Chuck/Tito III. Farewell to The Hammer!

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    didnt mark have money issues? meaning he had no option but to fight for a payday?

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  • Angry Mike says:

    That’s what I heard, but can’t say whether it’s accurate.

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  • slammy862 says:

    Maybe have Rolles Gracie stand by the exit for awhile, as well. Maybe it will actually inspire him to fight.

    WTF was that saturday night?

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  • TURKISH says:

    Sergio Hernandez: Well, I suppose this serves as SOME evidence that White cares more about the safety of his fighters than trying to make an easy buck.  

    WTF are you talking about? You cannot possibly be that naive.

    Dana already made his money on Coleman by all the suckers who forked over $45 or $55 dollars for UFC 109.

    Releasing one of the men who was in the main event just a few days later is like Zuffa basically telling all their fans UFC 109’s main event was a joke and you people bought it anyway.

    Dana White is laughing all the way to the bank on the blood and sweat of guys like Coleman and when he uses them up they’re easily discarded by him.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Do you people honestly think Dana is the only one making these decisions?? Im pretty sure that there is a board or a comity that overseas all that and THEY ALL GET TOGETHER and come to THEIR decisions.

    Just cause Dana knows how to see a dying sport, get together some investors, turn a once thought human cock fighting sport to the fastest climbing sport in the world better than you haters can doesn’t mean he or anyone in ZUFFA is wrong

    Talking about being naïve.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Bobby lashley might be looking at his next opponent..??

    but seriously Good luck to coleman and I hope in the future UFC can wait a few weeks before dumping a HOF fighter Reflects poorly on all involved

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  • fanoftna33: Bonner vs Griffen is the fight that made the company finally get the notice they deserved, neither one of thoes guys will be cut barring maybe a 5 fight losing streak, which Joe Silva will do his best to prevent.  (Quote)

    I actually read something in Fight magazine where Dana said something along the lines of, “These two guys helped make my company, you win some you lose some, they’ll be with me forever.” And truth be told they can always get jobs scouting new fighters, commentating etc. But as long as they have the physical ability to fight they’ll always have a fight waiting for them.

    This was such a good discussion Im sorry it took me forever to quote on it.

    Lethal Liquid made reference to Jardine needing to quit striking with better strikers. Agreed, what happened to his clean strategy that helped him beat Chuck to throw a quick kick/punch combo and move? He needs to utilize that never seen ground game, according to Rashad his takedowns are super slick and the way he got up each time Rampage took him down shows he’s hard to hold down.

    and now to the point of the article. Let’s face it the Hammer helped build the sport, but his time is passed and his paydays are probably getting worse. When he first signed to fight Brock, I read that he got a 3 fight contract and he got about the best he could get out of it.

    He made it just short of three rounds with Shogun and almost stopped him in the third. He Decisioned Bonnar and looked fairly good in doing so,and most importantly he got a legendary fight in a main event slot against the guy that basically took his place after he left. To still be on the biggest stage of the sport at his age is just short of unheard of and he should be proud that he’s done what he’s done. He should coach wrestling for Gurgel and Franklins camp as that’s the one skill most of those guys aren’t great at.
    Sorry to rant for so long, just got off a graveyard and got a little sparked on the way home.

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  • TURKISH: WTF are you talking about? You cannot possibly be that naive.Dana already made his money on Coleman by all the suckers who forked over $45 or $55 dollars for UFC 109.Releasing one of the men who was in the main event just a few days later is like Zuffa basically telling all their fans UFC 109’s main event was a joke and you people bought it anyway. Dana White is laughing all the way to the bank on the blood and sweat of guys like Coleman and when he uses them up they’re easily discarded by him.  (Quote)

    Except Coleman actually won his last fight against Bonnar and looked pretty good doing it.

    And you automatically assume the Coleman is “discarded.” How do you know he doesn’t have some sort of ambassador position now?

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  • Angry Mike says:

    “Do you people honestly think Dana is the only one making these decisions?? Im pretty sure that there is a board or a comity that overseas all that and THEY ALL GET TOGETHER and come to THEIR decisions.”

    Moosebaby02 is on to something. There are disturbing rumors from various sources that the Trilateral Commission and the Freemasons have joined forces to seize control of MMA. As the sport increases in popularity, they can extend their tentacles of influence into the governments of the countries using techniques like subliminal messaging on ppv’s. No one will suspect them because Dana White, who looks like a paunchy Lex Luthor, is perceived as the Zuffa puppet master with only monetary goals. But who pulls the strings of the puppet master? The shadowy figures in the background steeped in ominous masonic rituals!

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Angry Mike: “Do you people honestly think Dana is the only one making these decisions?? Im pretty sure that there is a board or a comity that overseas all that and THEY ALL GET TOGETHER and come to THEIR decisions.”Moosebaby02 is on to something. There are disturbing rumors from various sources that the Trilateral Commission and the Freemasons have joined forces to seize control of MMA. As the sport increases in popularity, they can extend their tentacles of influence into the governments of the countries using techniques like subliminal messaging on ppv’s. No one will suspect them because Dana White, who looks like a paunchy Lex Luthor, is perceived as the Zuffa puppet master with only monetary goals. But who pulls the strings of the puppet master? The shadowy figures in the background steeped in ominous masonic rituals!  (Quote)

    good one lol

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Thanks.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Here is the case for Randy’s title shot?. A win over a guy who is dropped.

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