Mark Coleman gets a bit emotional talking about that time the internet declared him worst dad ever for bringing his kids into the ring after his second fight with Fedor:
“It was a tough night because I took a lot of criticism from a lot of fans and a lot of professionals, claiming that I traumatized my daughters. At the time, being a dad was the most important thing to me. I just remember very clearly, I don’t mind losing, I just don’t wanna hurt my kids. You know? To turn around and see my kids right there I had to immediately turn into a father.”
If daddy beats the hell out of mommy in front of his daughters there’d be psychiatrist bills or stripper jobs in their future. But what about daddy getting beaten up by another dude for money? Where does that stand on the f*cking-your-kids-up-o-meter? Nobody knows, and in that regard Coleman took a courageous step forward in expanding our understanding of child / trauma reactions. Here’s his daughter 6 years later discussing the event:
“It was just kind of a moment from being thrown in so fast. Everyone thinks it’s his fault, but I would have found out about it sooner or later. So, it’s honestly not his fault at all. It was honestly the time of my life because it was so fun out there. So I honestly don’t regret that at all. Like it was a sad moment, but it was a great moment in time too. Just knowing he fought one of the best fighters in the world. Fedor Emelianenko? He’s crazy, he’s what’s up.”
That poor child. She’s clearly so damaged that her mental state is trapped in 2006, where Fedor is still what’s up.