Mark Coleman fought Fedor twice in Pride, both times he was victim to one of those impossible armbars Fedor throws down on people like meter maids throw down overly expensive tickets to double parked cars. When we asked Phil Baroni about the infamous Team Hammerhouse that we so often heard in Pride FC interviews, it was somewhat of a depressing response.
There’s no gym Hammerhouse. There’s no gym in Ohio. There’s no–you know Coleman’s out here in Vegas training me. He’s staying at the Palace Station. There’s no team. I never went to train with Team Hammerhouse. It’s just [expletive]. Coleman’s just a good marketer. He’s telling me he wants to open up a Hammerhouse gym in Ohio. He’d like to do that some day. It was just a bunch of guys fighting under a flag you know what I mean? They didn’t train together. I never really trained with Coleman. He’s way too big. He would corner me and we’d have conversations on the phone. It’s not a gym. It was something in Japan that they marketed. They just made the team more than what it is. There is no Hammerhouse.Hammerhouse is a punching bag on Coleman’s porch. I’ve seen pictures of it. It’s just an old punching bag. I’ve never even been to Coleman’s house.
You could make a Lifetime mini-series out of that response.
Now Mark Coleman has decided to auction off his Pride FC 2000 Grand-Prix trophy along with his giant check on eBay, and I can’t help but get depressed. Check out some of the photos of the merchandise that you can obtain for a starting bid of $24,500.
Of course no Mark Coleman video is complete without his backstage rage after he lost against Fedor in Pride FC. Props to dominic for the +100 news tip.