“What a Transformation” – 58-Year-Old Ex-UFC Champ’s Fitness Transformation Stuns BJJ GOAT Gordon Ryan, Kurt Angle, Bodybuilding Legend & Fans as He Follows in Joe Rogan’s Footsteps

Published 05/21/2023, 1:53 PM EDT

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First UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman has astounded the online community with his remarkable transformation photos. Over the years, the 58-year-old had gained a significant amount of weight, resulting in a noticeable pot belly. However, it was his unwavering determination and rigorous training sessions, coupled with a carnivorous diet, that enabled him to achieve incredible results. Renowned as ‘The ‘Hammer,’ Coleman cemented his legacy in the MMA world by becoming the heavyweight champion at both UFC 10 and UFC 11. Additionally, he emerged victorious as the Pride Fighting Championships’ 2000 Open Weight Grand Prix Champion. Coleman’s contributions to the sport played a crucial role in popularizing mixed martial arts during its early days.

Recognizing his outstanding achievements, Coleman was honored with an induction into the prestigious UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 82. This well-deserved accolade further solidified his status as a true legend of the sport. In addition to sharing his inspiring transformation photos, Coleman generously revealed the details of his diet. He followed a carnivore diet, a nutritional approach similar to that of UFC commentator Joe Rogan. Rogan, at 55 years of age, boasts an enviable physique, with the carnivore diet being one of the secrets behind his impressive body.

Mark Coleman’s transformation surprises many big names


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The retired UFC fighter took to his Instagram to share the photos of his transformation. Along with his before and after photos, Coleman wrote,”all natty no longer a fatty 4 1/2 months on the carnivore diet and living the 9 ancestral tenants i’m proud of the transformation Jan 1 st u offered me a challenge my Buffalo Brother Liver King @liverking i accepted and now i want MOOORE thank you. i do fast almost daily then i consume the beef and 3-4 whole feast and up to 4 liver king bars a day could eat them all but gota watch my Creatine intake unfortunately. then when i deserve it i love some greek yogurt with some frozen fruit add some high protein granola mixed in and are u really cheating Life is what you make it i choose to make it good still sober and yes Sober is so cool Hammerhouse4life have a blessed weekend”



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Kurt Angle, the wrestling legend and 1996 Olympic gold medalist, was proud of his fellow wrestler.

Proud of you Mark! The battles we had I will treasure forever. Much love.

Coleman’s daughter, Kenzie Coleman, felt that her dad’s transformation was so inspiring.

Wow! Amazing! Awesome! Inspiring! Looking good dad you rock! Your determination is soemthing like no other. When you put your mind to something you do it. Love u BOSS

Bodybuilder, Milos Sarcev felt great about the retired champion’s transformations. “Way to go champ.”

UFC bantamweight fighter Cody Garbrandt was totally impressed with the physique of Coleman. He commented, “Nice cup !!”

Retired Brazilian MMA artist Rodrigo Nogueira was highly motivated after coming across the photos.

Great Motivation champ!

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 Retired MMA artist, actor, and stuntman Jai Hieron felt that Coleman looked great. He commented, “Looking great Champ!!

The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu legend, Gordon Ryan, also complimented the retired MMA star.

What a transformation


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 Mark Coleman’s dedication, perseverance, and adherence to a carnivorous diet exemplify his commitment to personal transformation. His story serves as an inspiration to many. He proved that with the right mindset and hard work, remarkable changes can be achieved, regardless of age.

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