Mark Coleman to Present BMF Championship at UFC 300

UFC president Dana White announced that Hall of Famer Mark Coleman will be presenting the BMF championship to the winner of the Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway fight at UFC 300. Coleman, 59, recently emerged from a coma after heroically rescuing his parents from a house fire in Toledo, Ohio. Following the rescue, Coleman was placed into a medically induced coma for three days until he could breathe on his own. Holloway, referring to Coleman as the “real life BMF,” extended an invitation to him for UFC 300. Coleman expressed his gratitude and excitement for the opportunity to present the title to the winner.

Confirmation at UFC 300 Press Conference

During the UFC 300 news conference, a media member questioned whether Coleman would have the chance to present the BMF championship. In response, Dana White swiftly confirmed the idea to a spirited applause from fans in attendance. Additionally, White announced that the fight night bonuses would be increased from the typical $50,000 to a groundbreaking $300,000. This decision came after a discussion with the fighters on stage, where they settled on the agreed amount.

Record-Breaking Bonuses and McGregor’s Reaction

This increase in bonuses sets a new precedent in the UFC, surpassing the previous record of $160,000 presented to Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann for Fight of the Night at UFC on Versus 3 in 2011. While UFC 100 awarded bonuses of $100,000, UFC 200 returned to the standard $50,000. Conor McGregor, who is not scheduled for UFC 300 but aims to fight Michael Chandler in the summer, commended the UFC for elevating the bonuses. McGregor took to social media to express his approval of the decision, highlighting the positive impact it will have on fighters.

The participation of Mark Coleman, his remarkable recovery, and the gesture of presenting the BMF championship at UFC 300 adds an extra layer of significance to the event. The increased bonuses demonstrate the UFC’s commitment to recognizing and rewarding the efforts of its fighters. With fighters eager to showcase their skills in the octagon, these enhancements contribute to the excitement and anticipation surrounding UFC 300.


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