Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman recovering after heart attack, tried to sleep it off

UFC Hall of Famer and the promotion’s first heavyweight champion, Mark Coleman, is in the hospital recovering from a heart attack.

Coleman, 55, said that things started to go wrong on Tuesday night but he tried to sleep it off before eventually heading to the hospital.

The retired mixed martial artist posted on Instagram on Sunday night: “I hadn’t been feeling so well for quite some time something hit pretty hard Tuesday about 7:00 pm chest locked up my arms went numb sounds pretty obvious but I didn’t want to believe . I walked around and laid down for about 6 hours it didn’t get better I texted my daughters I didn’t want to go wasn’t fair to them so I grabbed my keys made it to the hospital for sure there was nothing wrong but yes there was complete blockage of a major artery if I don’t go I’m probably not here today I’m so glad I went I have so many things I want to do. Tomorrow they will try to break through the artery and put a stent in for the first time in a long time I am motivated I am great full and appreciate all your support it wasn’t my time it’s time to live.”

Coleman became the first UFC heavyweight champion when he defeated Dan Severn at UFC 12 in 1997. He was inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame in 2008.

Best wishes and speedy recovery Mark Coleman.

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