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Team Hammer House is a mixed martial arts team operating out of Columbus, Ohio, made up of mostly former NCAA wrestlers. While Hammer House focuses on amateur wrestling they do have cross training deals with notable fighters and camps such as Matt Serra, Pat Miletich and Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts. Founded by former UFC champion Mark Coleman, Team Hammer House has attracted such mixed martial arts fighters as Kevin Randleman and Phil Baroni. UFC dominance, Coleman made his professional MMA debut at UFC 10. With his solid wrestling background and physical power he won six fights in a row. He beat fighters including Don Frye, Gary Goodridge and Dan Severn, on route to winning the UFC 10 and UFC 11 tournaments and the first ever UFC Heavyweight title. Randleman's MMA career began with a call from Coleman to invite him to fight in Brazil where he went on to achieve a record of 7 wins and 2 losses. Randleman moved on to the UFC, where he also won the Heavyweight title. Coleman subsequently experienced a downturn in his career as his predominantly wrestling based style became less effective, with losses to fighters with more developed striking skills and cardio, including Maurice Smith, Pete Williams and Pedro Rizzo. Coleman and Randleman move to PRIDE, After the loss to Rizzo, Coleman moved to the Japanese PRIDE organization where he experienced a great deal of initial success, winning the PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals. Randleman also joined PRIDE, debuting against Michiyoshi Ohara and becoming a top contender for the Middleweight title before losing to Quinton Jackson. The main Randleman's victory in PRIDE FC was his stunning and brutal KO victory over Mirko Filipović. Both Coleman and Randleman have since experienced downturns in their careers, with losses to fighters such as Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko Cro Cop (Randleman lost to Mirko in rematch). Before his bout with Jutaro Nakao at UFC 36: Worlds Collide, Sean Sherk began training at Team Hammer House. Sherk went on to win against Nakao and Benji Radach at UFC 39: The Warriors Return before facing Matt Hughes for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 42: Sudden Impact. Although the fight was close, Sherk lost via unanimous decision. One of Coleman's opponents at UFC 10: The Tournament, Gary Goodridge, become a part of Team Hammer House to work on his ground skills before his bout with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at PRIDE 15. Goodridge remains a member of Team Hammer House although he also trains at American Kickboxing Academy for his kickboxing fights. Accomplished wrestler, male model and UFC star Phil Baroni started training with Team Hammer House, primarily fighting on PRIDE's Bushido events with success, defeating fighters such as Ikuhisa Minowa, Yuki Kondo and Ryo Chonan. Wes Sims met Coleman before his fight with Ricardo Morais, and has fought in the UFC and International Fight League. Rivalry with Chute Boxe, Hammer House was involved in a short melee with Chute Boxe which started at PRIDE 31 after a confrontation erupted between Chute Boxe members Wanderlei Silva and Murilo Rua, and Team Hammer House members Mark Coleman and Phil Baroni. The conflict began after Coleman pushed aside the referee who tried to restrain him from continuing his attack on an injured Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Coleman's outburst could have been due to members of Chute Boxe entering the ring. Despite this, Silva and other Chute Boxe members attacked Coleman in the ring, Baroni took Silva to the ground and Wanderlei had to be restrained with a foot placed on his head. Following the event, Coleman approached Chute Boxe to apologize, but the Chute Boxe fighters turned him away. PRIDE 32 The Real Deal, Team Hammer House was heavily represented at Pride FC's first American show, PRIDE 32 in Las Vegas on October 21, 2006, being involved in three of the eight fights including the main event. Hammer House member Kevin Randleman faced a now-healthy Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Rua won via kneebar submission at 2:35 of the very first round. Phil Baroni defeated Japanese professional boxer turned MMA fighter Yosuke Nishijima via technical submission (kimura) at 3:20 of the first round. Mark Coleman was given the opportunity to fight Pride's undefeated Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko for a second time. In a finish very similar to their first encounter, Fedor was able to apply an armbar from the bottom, forcing Coleman to tap out 1:15 of the second round. Recent years, Recently, Team Hammer House has been regarded as one of the top MMA training camps in the world. One of the main reasons is former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar. Lesnar began training at Hammer House because of the great wrestlers that were at the facility. At UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar, Lesnar defeated Randy Couture to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Lesnar went on to be defeated by fellow Hammer House Wrestler and current UFC Heavyweigt Champion Cain Velasquez. Other world-class fighters that train at Team Hammer House include, Fedor, God, Mike Tyson, Chris Tuchscherer, Sean Sherk, Nick Thompson, Nik Lentz, Brock Larson, Matt Veach, Jon Madsen, Chris Camozzi, John Salter, Heath Herring, Rob Emerson, Jacob Volkmann, and many others. However, some Hammer House members have experienced downturns in their careers. Kevin Randleman has lost multiple fights in recent years. Wes Sims appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, but was eliminated in the opening round. Gary Goodridge has been on an eight-fight losing streak. Mark Coleman was released from the UFC after losing to Randy Couture at UFC 109: Relentless. Phil Baroni has lost two in a row, including his UFC return fight against Amir Sadollah at UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2. Mostapha Al-turk was also released following a loss to teammate Jon Madsen at UFC 112: Invincible. Notable members, Mark Coleman, UFC 10, UFC 11, Ultimate Ultimate 1996, UFC 15, and UFC 16 Heavyweight Tournament winner, former UFC Heavyweight champion/PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 tournament winner, Joe Warren, Current Bellator Featherweight Champion., Sean Sherk, former UFC Lightweight Champion. One-time challenger for the UFC Welterweight Championship., Kevin Randleman, former UFC Heavyweight Champion., Brett Rogers, former contender for the WAMMA Heavyweight Championship and the Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship., Dan Miller, former Cage Fury Middleweight Champion., Jim Miller, former Reality Fighting Lightweight Champion and Cage Fury Lightweight Champion., Vladimir Matyushenko, first and only IFL Light Heavyweight Champion. Former UFC Light Heavyweight Championship contender., Josh Barnett, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, former King of Pancrase, PRIDE 2006 Open-weight Grand Prix runner-up., Heath Herring, former PRIDE Heavyweight Championship contender., Mark Kerr, UFC 14 Heavyweight Tournament winner., Chael Sonnen, Yushin Okami, Phil Baroni, Kamal Shalorus, Jason Riley, Mostapha Al-turk, former Cage Rage Heavyweight Champion., Jacob Volkmann, Scott Smith, former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion. former Elite XC Middleweight Championship contender., Mike Russow, Mike Pierce, Chris Camozzi, The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz contestant., Cole Konrad, Brock Larson, Josh Grispi, Eddie Wineland, Chris Tuchscherer, Former Dakota Fighting Championships Heavyweight Champion., Branden Lee Hinkle, would-be challenger to Roy Nelson's IFL heavyweight title., Nik Lentz, Gary Goodridge, UFC 8 Tournament runner-up. IVC 1 Tournament champion., Charlie Brenneman, Matt Veach, Waylon Lowe, Jake O'Brien, Jared Hess, Bryan Baker, Justin Wren, The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights contestant., Jon Madsen, The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights contestant., Wes Sims, The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights contestant., Rob Emerson, The Ultimate Fighter 5 contestant., Nick Thompson, former BodogFIGHT Welterweight Champion., Darren Elkins, Nick Catone, John Salter, Chase Gormley, Kelly Kobald, Dave Jansen, Kris McCray, The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz runner-up., Royce Alger, Logan Clark, Joe Brammer, Jan Finney, former Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship contender., Brandon Visher, Brad Kohler, Daniel Cormier

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