“The Godfather of Ground and Pound” earned himself an illustrious reputation as he used his NCAA wrestling pedigree to rack up a 6-0 record in MMA and the UFC heavyweight championship. But he lost the title to Maurice Smith in his very next fight, and went on to lose his next two fights in the UFC and three overall before going to Pride.
He found success in Pride, winning the 2000 Openweight Grand Prix, but in terms of the UFC, Coleman fell painfully short of the monstrous expectations heaped on his back as champion. He later returned to the Octagon late in his career, losing two out of his three bouts to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Couture.
Overall, Coleman did enough to become a UFC Hall of Famer, yet he wasn’t the greatest of champions.