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UFC Fighter Mark Coleman Hospitalized After Saving Parents from House Fire

The 59-year-old UFC champion is “currently intubated and sedated," his friend Wes Sims shared on Facebook

<p>Jim Kemper/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty</p> Mark Coleman on November 1, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Mark Coleman on November 1, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mark Coleman has been hospitalized after rescuing his parents from a house fire in Toledo, Ohio, on Tuesday morning, his daughters Morgan and Kenzie confirmed via Instagram.

The UFC Hall of Famer's parents, Dan and Connie Foos Coleman, were trapped in a burning house when Mark, 59, went into the home to bring them out to safety. He also returned to the home and attempted to rescue his dog, Hammer, but the dog did not survive, authorities said.

Mark's daughter, Kenzie, shared in her Instagram Stories that his dog “saved [Mark’s] life by barking until he woke up.”

The roof then collapsed shortly after the firefighters arrived at the scene, per TMZ. Mark was airlifted to a local hospital, his daughters and friend, Wes Sims, confirmed in separate social media posts.

Sims shared in his Facebook post that Mark is “currently intubated and sedated.”

Sims tells PEOPLE that he has declined to provide more information until Mark wakes up. "No one can tell a Mark Coleman story like Mark Coleman! Please keep him in your prayers! 🙏 Thank you! 🙏," says Sims.

<p>Jon Kopaloff/Getty</p> Mark Coleman on February 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Mark Coleman on February 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Mark’s daughter Morgan provided more details on Instagram. “He managed to carry both of his parents out of the house but despite his best efforts was not able to save hammer. He was life-flighted to the hospital where he is currently battling for his life after this heroic act,” Morgan wrote in the Instagram caption that accompanied a throwback photo of her, Mark and her sister Kenzie.

“Our father has always been our hero and means the world to us. He is and always will be a fighter. The strongest and bravest man I know,” she continued. “Please continue to pray for him and our family during this extremely difficult time. We will miss our sweet hammer so deeply.”

Kenzie shared her sister’s Instagram post to her Stories on Tuesday afternoon. “I woke up today with some of the most devestating news. Anyone who knows me knows my dad is my world. Whatever you believe in please keep my dad and family in your thoughts and prayers. I love you daddy if anyone can get through this it's you,” she captioned the Story.

“My dog already got taken from me please don't take my daddy … rip to my puppy who was my world,” concluded Kenzie.

<p>Jim Kemper/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty</p> Mark Coleman on November 1, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jim Kemper/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty

Mark Coleman on November 1, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The UFC legend, known as the "Godfather of ground-and-pound," first entered the mixed martial arts (MMA) arena in 1996.

Then, he became a heavyweight champion at UFC 10 and repeated as champion at UFC 11. He was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2008. He officially retired from MMA in 2013, reported ESPN. After his retirement, he suffered from a heart attack in 2020, reported MMA Fighting Newswire.

Representatives for the Toledo Fire Department and Ballville Volunteer Fire Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for more information on Tuesday.

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