Sadly, one of the greats of UFC has died. Former mixed martial arts (MMA) heavyweight champion, Kevin Randleman aka The Monster is dead. The Pride and Strikeforce veteran passed away Thursday after a brief illness. Randleman’s cause of death is said to be due to heart failure, according to Sher Dog.
Randleman’s former training partner, Wes Simms, confirmed the shocking news of Kevin’s sudden death. Apparently, he was admitted to a hospital after suffering a bout with pneumonia.
During his stay, he lost consciousness after his heart failed, according to Stay Stacked editor, Jeremy Botter, who reported the news of Kevin Randleman’s death on Twitter.
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In 1997, Randleman pulled off a shocker in UFC 19 when he took to the Octagon for his MMA debut and defeated Maurice Smith. Later, in UFC 23, he upset Pete Williams to capture the heavyweight title.
Randleman prevailed in another notable victory during his career, one that was mostly viewed as the most shocking of the time, Then, in the Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2004, he knocked out Croatian mixed martial artist and feared kickboxer, Mirko Filipovic. The defeat occurred in nearly two minutes of the first round. Filipovic was the heavy favorite.
Randleman, who earned a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as an NCAA standout, had a 17-16 professional MMA record: five by knockout, eight by submission.
Kevin Randleman was 44 at the time of his death.