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Is Mark Coleman going to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame?

In the past few weeks there has been a bit of talk circling the Internet that Mark Coleman will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 82. The Fight Network, MMAmania.com and many other MMA websites have all mentioned this rumor at one time or another in various articles and blogs.

If this rumor is true it seems a fairly strange move on the UFC’s part. As of right now, the UFC has not appeared to have been in contact with Coleman or made mention of him at any of their live shows. So why the sudden desire to bestow this honour upon him?  

Sure you can argue he is deserving. He demolished opponents to win both the UFC 10 and UFC 11 tournaments and then after he neck cranked Dan Severn (now a member of the Hall of Fame) at UFC 12 he became the organisation’s first ever heavyweight champion.

A reason behind this possible new induction could be simply that the UFC want to make the Hall of Fame more prevalent. The Hall of Fame was created at UFC 45 in 2003 and both Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie were inducted as the inaugural members. Since that time there have been two more inductions with Dan Severn at UFC 52 in 2005 and Randy Couture at The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale in 2006.

Apart from the initial presentation at UFC 45, the Hall of Fame has been fairly neglected. This possible initiation at UFC 82 could be the UFC trying to promote the importance of the Hall of Fame and at the same time pay their respects to one of fighters that helped build up the organisation.

Another reason for honouring Mark Coleman could be that the UFC is trying to set the stage for the return of Mark Coleman. In an MMA Weekly interview in July of last year, Coleman stated his desire to continue fighting and to even make a return to the Octagon.

At 43 years of age and 3-4 in his last 7 fights it seems a bit of a stretch to think the UFC would sign him to fight but looking at the current landscape in the heavyweight division, the addition of Coleman isn’t so crazy. I doubt very much Coleman would be effective in the division but he would at least gather interest from long time UFC fans who remember his destructive ways in the earlier years of the organisation. Interest in the UFC heavyweight division, aside from Brock Lesnar, is something that has been lacking of late.

Whatever the reason for Coleman possibly being the new addition to the UFC Hall of Fame its at least good to hear that the UFC management is still looking to honour the talent that helped build the organisation rather than being afraid of supporting fighters such as Couture and Shamrock who choose to no longer be affiliated with them.

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15 COMMENTS
  • Rich says:

    i wouldn’t mind seeing coleman mix things up in the heavyweight division…

    “its at least good to hear that the UFC management is still looking to honour the talent that helped build the organisation…”

    i couldn’t agree more.

    after randy was inducted i was starting to wonder if they were ever going to have any more inductees…

    really the UFC has a lot of talent CURRENTLY that will be inducted in the future i’m sure:
    -Chuck Liddell
    -Matt Hughes
    -Tito Ortiz
    – [i’d like to think] Jeremy Horn
    – possibly Rich Franklin

    those are guys that are innovating the sport still today…

    i’d say they should induct Frank Shamrock when he retires… seeing as how he used to be the best middleweight in the world.. and had one of the best fights ever w/ tito.
    and they should induct Pat Miletich for creating one of the most dominate teams in MMA.

    just my opinion.

  • Rich says:

    oh.
    and of course Bas Rutten.

  • Rich says:

    “i wouldn’t mind seeing coleman mix things up in the heavyweight division…”

    of the UFC… that is…

  • paddiosf says:

    I like the idea, Mark Coleman is a MMA legend, like Sam said it’s something that’s been neglected, I think the UFC should have a HOF inductee once a year…Coleman,Rutten,Frye and maybe even coaches should all be inducted…I’m not sure of there relationship’s are with Zuffa “Dana” is but It would be cool to see them Honored..

  • ttt says:

    coleman should be inducted for winning the first HW belt and being the originator of the Ground and Pound

  • screwface says:

    Coleman is still a great fighter, his losses are against great opponents but hes no where near done imo. id love for his return to the ufc. with the current state of the hw division, he might end up champ again.

  • Rich says:

    #5…
    “coleman should be inducted for winning the first HW belt and being the originator of the Ground and Pound”

    more like for being the first HW champ and for being on the receiving end of one of the craziest KO’s in UFC history!

    haha.

  • Rich says:

    …ko’d by pete williams.

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    He became the first heavyweight champ and then he went on this big arse losing streak, with the final loss being that fixed match against Takada.

    If the UFC does induct him, I hope they don’t mention his career in Pride. Its the UFC hall of fame, not the MMA hall of fame.

  • There’s no question that if the UFC takes their HOF seriously, then someone like Coleman belongs.

    But UFC 82 is only five weeks away and there is zero mention of him in any UFC media. Is it worth inducting him if many of the newer or casual fans of the UFC say “Who the hell is that?”

    If/when it does happen, it shouldn’t be a surprise. They should reintroduce him to fight fans with clips, interviews, and perhaps even a TV special so that fans can learn why he is important to MMA.

    Now…. what the hell am I going to do today with no football?

  • Evan says:

    I have always assumed the UFC would kind of hold off on the HOF until the sorts gets much bigger.

  • Nate says:

    Sam, why would they specifically not mention Mark Coleman’s Pride experience?
    He fought his way to get respect in UFC, no question, but after his big ufc loses, it is to his testament that he did it again in Pride. In Pride he pretty much only lost to the highest ranked HWs; Crocop, Big Nog, and Fedor. He was the first guy to beat the then invincible Shogun in over 2 years (and only the second to do it). The guy is a badass and KING of ground & pound. To not mention his Pride experience is disrespectful to the athlete and diminishes the sport.

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Sure you can add it as a side note. But if they use it as a reason why he got into the UFC hall of fame its a bit stupid. Its the UFC’s Hall of Fame, so to get into it, it should be what you have done in the UFC.

  • Danny says:

    i dont if they should have a HOF ceremony every year but its good that they keep inducting people along the way. coleman gets my vote. someone mentioned pat miletich which i think is a great idea becuz he was also the 1st welterweight champ.

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