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Mark Coleman Beat Kurt Angle Before He Won Olympic Gold

Mark Coleman came to the UFC in 1996 after a failed Olympic wrestling run at 220 pounds. The year prior, Coleman had actually defeated the eventual winner of the 1996 games in Kurt Angle.

“I actually beat Kurt Angle that year on three months of training,” said Coleman to MMA Fighting. “I beat the defending world champion, but then he put in more time than I did. He made the team and won the gold. He was a heck of a wrestler.”

After Angle won the gold medal he pursued professional wrestling, becoming a world champion wherever he went. He currently fights for TNA Wrestling.

In 1992, Coleman placed seventh as a representative for team USA.

Coleman recently announced his retirement from MMA, having not competed in three years and underwent hip replacement surgery 11 days ago.