Fans are unhappy that the first UFC heavyweight champion has consented to a Slap Fight with Tim Sylvia. A few days ago, Sylvia, a former UFC heavyweight champion, participated in his first Slap Fight match at SlapFIGHT Championship 25. Mark Coleman, age 58, will likely be the next person he meets.
Mark Coleman was ecstatic to become the first individual to capture the UFC Heavyweight Championship, a significant accomplishment. He defeated the legendary Dan Severn in less than three minutes with panache.
Coleman’s victory over Dan Severn was not unexpected, as he had demonstrated his expertise and dominance in every previous bout. In less than three minutes, he had knocked out two of his previous six opponents with a series of strikes.
Eighteen of Coleman’s 26 MMA bouts ended in the first round during his career. Due to how early UFC rules operated, this is a bit of a technicality, but it’s still a very fascinating fact.
He had a number of one-round fights that were nearly as lengthy as a typical multi-round fight and a number of bouts that lasted only a minute or two. Coleman’s ability to swiftly terminate a fight or complete minimal cardio work was always remarkable.
Early prowess in wrestling led to a great deal of success outside of the Olympics. Among his numerous other achievements, he has won the NCAA Championship and Pan American Championship multiple times. If any of his MMA opponents knew it, they knew they were doomed if he grabbed a grasp of them.
In the 1990s, he claimed three consecutive gold medals at the Pan American Championships. He also participated in the 1991 Pan American Games and won gold, demonstrating that he was a formidable opponent regardless of who he confronted.
In 2009, “The Hammer” returned to the Octagon, just one year after Sylvia’s departure. In the main event of UFC 109 in February 2010, Randy Couture submitted Coleman with a rear-naked choke in the second round. He boasted of achieving close to two years of sobriety.
Mark Coleman vs. Tim Sylvia
The Slap Fight Championship, formerly known as “Punchdown,” is the primary rival league to Dana White’s Power Slap League. In 2015, Sylvia departed the UFC with 31 victories and ten defeats.
He lost three consecutive UFC bouts before retiring from the competition in 2013. Ruslan Magomedov defeated him in his final fight, a superheavyweight bout.
The first UFC heavyweight champion, Mark Coleman, stunned fans when he announced a Slap Fight with Tim Sylvia. Throughout their MMA careers, Sylvia and Coleman never met.
Throughout Sylvia’s prime, he held the UFC title, while Coleman competed in PRIDE Fighting Championship. Coleman promised to meet ‘The Maine-iac’ if he won his first Slap Fight, and Sylvia won the match by TKO.
Before Tim Sylvia’s match at the 25th SlapFIGHT Championship, the first UFC heavyweight champion posted on Instagram;
“SlapFight tonight on Fire TV @timsylviamma1 makes his debut in Oklahoma City the pressure is on this is very serious very real tons of courage this ain’t no b***h slap. I have agreed to fight Tim next if he wins. Sober is cool HammerHouse4Life.”
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