Ex-UFC Heavyweight Champ Mark Coleman Hospitalized After Saving Parents From A Fire

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark Coleman has been hospitalized after saving his parents from a house fire. 

The incident took place on March 12, close to Toledo, Ohio. A fire allegedly started in the kitchen, forcing Coleman to react. The 59-year-old saved his parents from the fire. He then returned to rescue his dog, suffering from smoke inhalation as a result. 

Coleman was then airlifted to the hospital, and seven fire departments arrived at the area to assess the situation. As of now, the authorities have not been able to establish the cause of the fire. Coleman’s close friend and ex-UFC fighter Wes Sims gave fans an update.

“I’m a very firm believer in the power of prayer. I sent family and some friends a few pictures of Mark Coleman’s current condition. I know Mark, if he could talk he’d say ‘film this s***, Wes, we are going viral. Mark’s parents’ house burnt down last night.

“Mark saved both [his parents] and went back for Hammer, his dog. He was life flighted to Toledo and is currently intubated and sedated. I swear to God he’s one of the toughest individuals ever created, been through so much a movie at this point could not give his life’s work justice,” Sims said

Coleman is regarded as one of the best heavyweights in the sport. He became the UFC Heavyweight Champion for the first time at UFC 10, beating Don Frye. He won the title once again at UFC 11. His efforts were recognized when he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2008. 

Coleman then fought in the PRIDE Fighting Championships. The fighter became the first person to win the Pride Grand Prix Championship. After his fighting career, Coleman has been coaching Matt Brown. Brown’s current UFC record is 26-19, as he beat Court McGee in his last bout. Now, Brown has reacted to the news. 

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