Kevin Randleman is best remembered as a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Nicknamed “The Monster”, he is known for his exceptional wrestling ability and his passion for the sport. This American mixed martial artist fought in the UFC, PRIDE, and Strikeforce.
Born in Sandusky, Ohio US on August 10, 1971, Randleman grew up without a lot of money and in an environment where street fights are commonplace. He went to Sandusky High School and joined the football team and the track team, where he qualified for the state finals. Randleman also had a 122-11 record while on the wrestling team.
His stint as a wrestling star for the Ohio State University earned him an All-American status and he dominated in the NCAA tournament. Though having a good wrestling record, Randleman became ineligible to wrestle in his senior year because of academic issues.
Randleman made his MMA debut on October 22, 1996. He dominated the tournament by winning all three fights. He was handed his first loss by Carlos Barreto.
Fighting in the UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions, the most infamous of all of his fights is the one against Bas Rutten. During the second overtime, Mark Coleman instructed Randleman to “smear the blood” from the cut he had inflicted above Rutten’s nose into his eye, so Rutten would not be able to see.