UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman is an NCAA champion and a world championship silver medal holder who also qualified for the 1992 Olympics for his nation.
Mark Coleman, also known as the godfather of ground-and-pound, is one of the most famous retired MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighters of his time. Coleman introduced wrestling to the freestyle fighting game MMA. MMA broadly can be defined as the sport which incorporates and accepts several disciplines of fighting styles. Coleman had established himself way before UFC began in the early 2000s. He is an NCAA champion and a world championship silver medal holder who also qualified for the 1992 Olympics for his nation.
Coleman mentioned the importance of wrestling in any form of fighting style as wrestling teaches individuals the basics of not getting the takedown. Not everyone is a fan of ground-and-pound, but to understand and prevent this for sure, one needs to learn wrestling. Although it’s not a compulsion to practice wrestling, at the end of the day, it’s wrestling that prevents you from ending on the ground.
Coleman was asked about his view on celebrity boxing and the emergence of fighters such as the Paul brothers. Coleman replied he loves the opportunities these fighters are getting as Logan Paul’s match against Floyd Mayweather attracted 1mPPV buys. So did his brother Jake Pauls’s fight against former UFC fighter Ben Askren. He further added his love for fighting styles like bare-knuckle, Bellator, PFL, and ONE Championship.
The next point raised in the interview was about the pay to which Coleman credited Dana for bringing the game to this stage. According to him, he has done one hell of a job in raising this platform and giving the right opportunity to several fighting enthusiasts out there. The current UFC valuation stands at around $7bn, indicating the amount of money in this game.
The recent surge in the number of fighters demanding more pay has led to Coleman stating the same. He mentioned in one of his statements in an interview saying players are being paid enough, and at the moment, there is no such need to increase the money in the game. But fighters are usually on the search and are moving to different fighting styles for more pay.
To co-relate, one can see the number of coaches players must acknowledge that the money being paid is enough. Today almost every player has around 3-4 coaches, and all they need to do is train. He continued with how he and his mates trained together without any coach there to help them train. He talked about the lack of a jiu-jitsu coach, a boxing coach, and a conditioning coach as the present would have helped him achieve new heights at earlier stages.
In the end, he concluded by speaking about his respect for the Paul brothers and how they have come so far, whether it’s their fighting or their YouTube career through the hustle and pure hard work. The following they have created is enormous and the wrestling background they have has caught the attention of Coleman. He also stated that they belong to the same home state, i.e., Ohio.
Irrespective of his retirement Coleman is still an MMA enthusiast, and one can make out from his statements about the knowledge of the current day scenario.