Mark “The Hammer” Coleman (pictured) has slammed the final nail in his mixed martial arts coffin. The former UFC heavyweight champion has unceremoniously announced his retirement via Facebook.
“The hammer is done fighting,” Coleman posted. “I know been done. Just looking for some prayers.”
The 48-year-old revealed he’s set to undergo total hip-replacement surgery this Monday. However, that wasn’t the most painful part of his announcement.
Coleman admitted he didn’t give MMA his all during his 14-year career, and now he has to live with that remorse for the rest of his life.
“I thank everyone who will help me get through this,” he added. “Have to pay to play sometimes. Only regret is could have worked harder.”
Coleman captured the UFC heavyweight crown by submitting Dan Severn in February of 1997. The wrestler lost the belt to Maurice Smith in his next outing.
He made quite a name for himself in Japan shortly after, highlighted by winning the Pride FC 2000 Openweight Grand Prix.
In March 2008, Coleman became the fifth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame.
The godfather of ground-and-pound returned to the UFC in 2009. He lost two of three bouts, with a submission defeat to Randy Couture in February 2010 marking his final professional fight.