UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark “The Hammer” Coleman (16-10-0) needs some help from the combat sports community.
And the combat sports community is answering the call.
The short story is the 50-year-old former UFC heavyweight champion currently has no income, his medical insurance is about to end and desperately needs hip surgery, which is targeted for April.
A GoFund page has been set up with a $20,000 target that f reached, should help Coleman see his way through.
Here’s how you can help.
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Here is the story, taken from Mark’s GoFund page.
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 kind to him as of yet. Mark 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 and lived with the pain for well over a year and became sick a couple weeks ago. He was taken to hospital where a 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 hospitalized with a plastic hip until full surgery can be performed 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!
As of this writing, approximately $12,000 has been raised in one day.
This sort of news does usually bring about some sober questions about the realities of being a fighter.
Donations can be made by visiting the Mark Coleman GoFund page.