UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman says he has agreed to a SlapFight match with fellow veteran Tim Sylvia. “The Hammer” made the declaration on social media after Sylvia’s recent SlapFight Championship win.
Mark Coleman says he ‘agreed’ to a slap fighting match with Sylvia
Coleman was present during Tim Sylvia’s slap fighting debut over the weekend in Oklahoma. He served as a “catcher” for falling bodies and was there on said duties for Sylvia’s opponent, a man simply known as “The Bouncer.”
Sylvia, who is now 47 years of age and walks around at 375 pounds, won the match in five rounds via knockout. And according to Coleman, a discussion and agreement has been made.
“SlapFight tonight on Fire TV ✋🏿 @timsylviamma1 makes his debut in Oklahoma City the pressure is on this is very serious very real tons of courage it ain’t no@bitch slap,” he wrote on Instagram. “If Tim wins I have agreed to fight him next . Sober is cool HammerHouse4Life
Mark Coleman’s post-career health troubles
Some fan comments on the post were more for concern about his health. The 58-year-old Coleman hasn’t been in the best shape in recent years. Back in 2015, a GoFundMe page was set up by MMA veteran Wes Sims, which was aimed to shoulder hospital bills that Coleman racked up from hip surgery complications.
As Sims wrote in the campaign page, Coleman wasn’t doing well.
“Mark currently has no income. His insurance is about to expire, but we are currently looking into disability. I am looking to raise funds to help his cost of living, doctor bills, medication, and make up what he will lose in the next few months in appearances he will miss.”
In 2020, Coleman was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack. He was able to drive himself to the hospital, where he later learned that he had complete blockage of a major artery.
Looking back on Mark Coleman’s career
Mark Coleman was part of the UFC’s early tournament days, having debuted at UFC 10 in 1996. After a three-year stint, he took his talents to the far east in Japan to compete under the PRIDE banner. Coleman found the same success with victories over the likes of Don Frye and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Coleman returned to the UFC 2009 and went on a 1-2 run in his second stint. His final fight took place at UFC 109 in 2009 against fellow Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture. Coleman lost via second-round submission. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2008 and retired in 2013 with a professional record of 16-10.
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