Birth date 10 Aug 1971 (47 years)
Nationality United States United States
Nickname The Monster

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.

He became the UFC Heavyweight Champion on November 1999, beating Pete Williams at UFC 23. He successfully defended it against Pedro Rizzo but he would later lose the title to Randy Couture at UFC 28. After the loss, he moved down to light heavyweight, feeling that it is more suited for him but he ended up losing his fight against Chuck Liddell. He bounced back and beat Renato “Babalu” Sobral in what would be his final fight with the UFC.

In September 2002, Randleman moved to PRIDE FC, taking on Japanese wrestler Michiyoshi Ohara. It was a one sided fight as Ohara clearly showed that he has no intention of fighting Randleman. It was a winning streak for him in PRIDE and he seems unstoppable - until he fought Quinton “Rampage” Jackson who handed him his first loss in Pride.

Randleman became gravely ill due to an infection and underwent a successful surgery to have it removed. Once recovered, he was scheduled to fight against Vitor Belfort at a Strikeforce event in San Jose, California on June 9, 2006, but was unable to, due to a recurring infection.

Randleman died on February 11, 2016 due to a heart failure caused by pneumonia. He was 44 years old.

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