Mark Coleman Talks His Career Coming To Close, The Future
Mark "The Hammer" Coleman is reaching the end of the line and may not step foot in a cage or ring again as his career is coming too a close and the former UFC And Pride Heavyweight Champion talked to MMAFighting.com about living the dream of fighting for a living and gave some advice to fighters coming into the sport:
"I_m 46 and the body_s breaking down. Fighting was a dream, and I lived the dream. Looking back on it, all these guys out there, these young guys, you_re going to look back and realize you were living a dream. Is it tough? Heck yeah, it_s a tough way to make a living. But it was great."
"It_s easy to spend money, but a lot harder to save money. You hear about it in every sport. How do you adjust when it_s over? A lot of people don_t. A lot of my good friends from the past, we_re all trying to figure it out."
"I see those young fighters at small shows where I do appearances and I ask them, what_s your plan? They all say, _I want to fight in the UFC._ Well, I_m glad they say that because you_ve got to set your goals high, but what_s your plan beyond that? You_ve got to think past that to what comes next."
"You_ve got to realize that you_re living the dream and the clock is ticking," said Coleman. "It will tick fast, too. The next thing you know, it_s over."