Retired UFC fighter Mark Coleman hospitalized after rescuing parents from house fire, manager says

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Retired UFC combatant Mark Coleman was successful an induced coma successful intensive attraction aft rescuing his parents from a location occurrence successful Toledo, Ohio, early Tuesday, his head said.

Despite nan urgent aesculapian attention, family, including Coleman's rescued mother, judge he will propulsion through, head Michael DiSabato said precocious Tuesday.

The blaze took spot astir 4 a.m. erstwhile Coleman was awoken nan barking of nan family's dog, Hammer, which prompted him to propulsion his begetter and past his mother retired of nan burning home, DiSabato said, adding that Coleman's family said nan occurrence began successful nan kitchen.

Coleman, 59, went successful a 3rd clip to rescue Hammer but was unsuccessful, and nan canine died, he said.

It wasn't clear if Coleman collapsed while wrong aliases extracurricular nan home, but nan head said nan tile collapsed erstwhile nan first firefighters arrived on-scene. DiSabato said Coleman suffered from nan effects of fume inhalation.

He was rushed to a Toledo infirmary via helicopter, DiSabato said. His parents were not earnestly injured.

Daughter Morgan Coleman said connected Instagram that Mark was “fighting for his life.”

The fighter's mother, Connie Foos Coleman, had a hopeful reside connected Facebook precocious Tuesday: "I americium going to bed! Thank God we are alive. Prayers for Mark ! Thank you to each nan firefighters. And sheriffs dept. EMS Red Cross. and particularly my family. Could not do this without you!"

Fire officials did not instantly respond to a petition for information.

DiSabato sent photos of nan home, which was astir burned to nan ground. What was near of nan residence was wholly charred.

Coleman is 1 of nan UFC's earlier breakout stars, having started successful 1996, nan twelvemonth then-Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, described nan athletics arsenic "human cockfighting."

Yet, it was Coleman and contemporaries for illustration Randy Couture who helped to professionalize nan athletics and grow it, moreover arsenic they dazzled crows pinch immoderate devices amended suited to thoroughfare fighting.

Coleman's UFC grounds was 16-10-0 successful nan 4 years he fought successful nan organization. He besides fought for Pride Fighting Championships, winning nan promotion's Grand Prix tourney successful 2000.

Before transitioning to mixed martial arts, Coleman was a standout amateur wrestler, winning an NCAA title astatine Ohio State successful 1988 and competing astatine nan 1992 Olympics successful Barcelona.

He later had stints successful nan world of scripted master wrestling.


Dennis Romero

Dennis Romero is simply a breaking news newsman for NBC News Digital.