UFC Hall of Fame fighter and first promotional heavyweight champion Mark “The Hammer” Coleman is in need of some help. A true legend of the sport and icon of Mixed Martial Arts is seeking financial help to pay for a much needed hip surgery in April. According to the fundraiser, Mark Coleman’s replaced hip popped out after filming the Ultimate Fighter 19 last year. A bad infection has hospitalized Coleman for weeks until the surgery can be performed.
The full text of Mark Coleman’s gofundme.com page reads:
“First UFC Heavyweight Champion, Hall of Famer and “The God Father of Ground and Pound” Mark “The Hammer” Coleman’s retirement from the sport he loved and gave us so many memories has not been very nice to him as of yet. ark had a hip replacement in 2013 and after surgery was named Wrestling Coach for Team Penn on Season 19 The Ultimate Fighter. After filming and returning home his hip popped out several times and pain began on the other side. He has struggled with and lived with the pain for well over a year and became very ill a couple weeks ago. He was taken to hospital doctor checked him out and had to stay for four days on antibiotics, when released he went to see hip doctor again and scheduled to have surgery on March 9th, only to discover while open on operating table he was full of infection and very close to being septic and lucky to have caught this! He is currently in hospitalized with a plastic hip until full surgery can be perofrmed in April. Mark currently has no income. His insurance is about to end, and 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. Anything will help and thank you dearly! God Bless!”
Mark Coleman needs $20,000 for the hip replacement surgery. You can learn more at Coleman’s “Save the Hammer” gofundme page.