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UFC legend Mark Coleman issues first statement from hospital since house fire: 'Don't ever count The Hammer out'


UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman’s brush with death has him feeling grateful – for everything.

Coleman made his first public statement Friday. Three days earlier, he had rescued his parents in Freemont, Ohio from a housefire that had killed Hammer, his dog. Coleman was airlifted to a local hospital, sedated and intubated for smoke inhalation, with early reports stating he was “battling for his life” as doctors worked to clear his lungs.

Coleman, who was alerted on Thursday, issued his official first statement via his daughter Kenzie on Instagram. (Edited for clarity).

“Mark ‘The Hammer’ Coleman here. “I want to thank first my higher power. Without him, this isn’t possible,” Coleman said. “Next I want to thank each and every one of you for the prayers, support, and generosity. I knew I had some of the best fans in the world. You have been truly amazing to me and my family. The doctors, nurses, and hospital staff saved my life. I can’t wait to take you all along with me during my recovery journey. You are all now (part) of ‘Hammer’ house. I’m blessed and grateful my parents and I are walking out of this alive. I urge you to better do what you want to…

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