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“I Can’t Take It”- UFC Legend, Who Asked for Mike Tyson’s Help, Takes Joe Rogan’s Advice on Therapy Ahead of Combat Sports Return

Published 09/20/2023, 9:22 AM EDT

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A UFC Hall of Famer is gearing up for his return to combat sports next month. But before that, he’s taking all the steps to get his body into fighting shape. This fighter recently updated his fans and followers about taking a kind of therapy that was earlier suggested to him by Joe Rogan.

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Mark Coleman is an undisputed legend of mixed martial arts. In his prime, he faced legends like Fedor Emelianenko, Randy Couture, and Stephan Bonnar. Coleman retired with a 16-10 MMA record. But the 58-year-old is now preparing for his boxing debut. He even asked Mike Tyson for help.

Mark Coleman follows the recovery method popularly used by Joe Rogan


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Joe Rogan, who’s in his 50s, is as fit as one can be. So there may not be anyone better to take advice from regarding ways to stay in shape. It seems as if the innovator of the ground-and-pound technique, Mark Coleman, took a specific technique Rogan raves about and ran with it.

He recently shared a story on Instagram about undergoing cryotherapy and the process sure seems arduous. UFC’s first-ever heavyweight champion was visibly having a hard time staying calm while the therapy was freezing his body.


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Moreover, he even let out some cries of discomfort. Coleman said, “Cryotherapy. I am back in. Hawk it later… I can’t take it.” Joe Rogan swears by cryotherapy and saunas. In fact, he has extensively talked about these techniques on his JRE podcast.

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It may not have been an easy task, but his unwavering commitment to getting fit is commendable. After all, he is going to make his return to fighting at 58 years old and the combat sports world is clamoring to see if the juggernaut can still get the job done all these years later.

‘The Hammer’ asked Mike Tyson for help ahead of his boxing match

Mark Coleman hasn’t competed for almost 13 years. Hence, he earlier approached former boxing world champion and icon Mike Tyson for his help as he underwent his body transformation process. Coleman claimed that ‘Iron’ was his idol and that he wanted his help to prepare for his upcoming fight on October 14th against Montell Griffin, who has vast experience in boxing.

However, Mike Tyson was unable to respond to Coleman’s plea. It could be because of his commitments with his podcast, ‘Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson’ and other media appearances. If Tyson were to make a splash in MMA during his heyday, Coleman would’ve been the first person he called out. Regardless, the UFC Hall of Famer continues to train and prepare to do justice to his long-awaited return.


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Beyond his various accolades, Coleman presented a unique brand of violence to the sport of MMA. Using a hybrid blend of wrestling and striking aggression toward downed opponents, he made for a ferocious threat. Two factors make his boxing debut an interesting one. For starters, many are curious to see if Coleman can translate that aggression to the squared circle.

Second would be that Coleman has made a return once before in 2009 to the UFC and was beaten by Shogun Rua. However, that was a BJJ specialist, not a boxer. While not many people are in favor of Coleman fighting at the age of 58, it was a relief for many to see him take initiative towards his health and fitness.


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Himanga Mahanta


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Himanga Mahanta is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He has a passion for combat sports and a deep understanding of the intricacies of MMA. With his expertise and extensive knowledge, Himanga provides in-depth coverage of UFC events and fighters, bringing his readers closer to the action and the athletes they admire.
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