Completed MMA Bout

Mark Coleman vs. Igor Vovchanchyn

Main Event | Tournament Championship

Mark Coleman defeats Igor Vovchanchyn via Submission at 3:09 of Round 2

Mark "The Hammer" Coleman
Igor "Ice Cold" Vovchanchyn

Coleman
Submission
Round 2

Mark Coleman Igor Vovchanchyn

"The Hammer" "Ice Cold"

10-4-0   Pro Record At Fight   41-2-1
Climbed to 11-4   Record After Fight   Fell to 41-3
United States   Nationality   Ukraine
Columbus, Ohio   Fighting out of   Kharkov, Ukraine
35 years, 4 months, 1 week, 4 days   Age at Fight   26 years, 8 months, 3 weeks, 4 days
6'1" (186cm)   Height   5'8" (173cm)
75.5" (192cm)   Reach   N/A
  Gym   Team Vovchanchyn
Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals
  • Date: Monday 05.01.2000
  • Referee:
  • Venue: Tokyo Dome
  • Enclosure: Ring
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 9 of 9)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight:
  • TV Commentary: Stephen Quadros, Bas Rutten
  • Broadcast:
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Coleman Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Vovchanchyn Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Title on Line: Tournament Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: N/A
  • Tournament: Pride 2000 Grand Prix
  • Tournament Round: Finals
  • Event Links:

Coleman vs. Vovchanchyn Wiki Update Wiki

After winning the first-ever UFC Heavyweight Championship back in 1997 and introducing the world to “ground and pound,” Mark Coleman was expected to dominate the division for years to come. Instead, he lost four fights in a row before joining Pride in 1999, where he put together six consecutive victories, winning the 2000 Pride Openweight Grand Prix in the process.


After compiling an incredible 35-2-1 professional record prior to the Finals of the Open Weight Grand Prix in 2000, Ukrainian Igor Vovchanchyn was pegged as a favorite to win the whole tournament. Coleman, on the other hand, had surprised many by fighting his way to the Finals in brutal fashion.


The first round was a surprise, as Coleman executed an intelligent game plan and continually planted Vovchanchyn on his back, landing some powerful strikes from top position for much of the round. The second round produced much of the same, as Coleman attained an early takedown. After controlling Vovchanchyn in the corner with the Ukranian awkwardly positioned upside-down, Coleman finished him with knees from the North-South position at the 3:09 mark. Coleman celebrated deliriously in the ring following the improbable, lucrative and career-saving win. Quadros: “He really hit the depths with his three back-to-back losses; those were devastating … but he stuck it out, learned the game again, got good training, and now he’s back at the top of the mixed martial arts heap.”


Winning the 2000 Open Weight Grand Prix represented the highest point of Mark Coleman’s professional career, even eclipsing his UFC Heavyweight Championship win three years earlier. Following the victory over Vovchanchyn, Coleman was inconsistent for the remainder of his career, pulling off several strong wins amidst a string of losses to some of the best heavyweight and light heavyweight fighters in the world.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:40 PM ET
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