What a tragedy. Kevin Randleman, a former UFC heavyweight champion, has died at the young age of 44. He was hospitalized for pneumonia and later passed away due to heart failure.
This is such a heartbreaking loss. Kevin Randleman, who was known to fans as “The Monster,” has died. The former UFC champion died of heart failure in a San Diego hospital. He was only 44 years old.
Kevin had been admitted to a San Diego hospital for pneumonia and passed away due to heart failure, sources told FOX Sports. The Ohio native had been living in Las Vegas.
Kevin started his wrestling career at Ohio State, where he won two NCAA wrestling championships and was a 3-time All-American. He then moved on to the UFC, joining in 1999. He quickly became one of the toughest fighters in the UFC. After only three fights, he became the heavyweight champion of the world.
The fighter defeated Pete Williams, Pedro Rizzo, Mirko “Cro Crop” Filipovic and more. His fight with Mirko remains one of his best and most explosive fights ever. Kevin also fought in the PRIDE FC.
Once the news broke of Kevin’s death, many fighters tweeted their grief. Mauro Ranallo tweeted, “Bas & I just heard from Kevin’s wife. Taking the rest of the night off Twitter to mourn & celebrate the life of Kevin Randleman. #RIP.”
Jake Shields wrote, “Randelmen was an inspiration to me and luckily I was able to be his friend as well. RIP.” Rich Franklin also tweeted, “Just heard that the MMA community lost a great fighter tonight at only 44 yrs old. RIP Kevin Randleman. Prayers go out to his family.”
Kevin is survived by wife Elizabeth and their four children. He will be so missed.
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