Yesterday the MMA world was shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic news that Kevin Randleman passed away from complications of pneumonia. Randleman passed at the young age of 44 and leaves behind a wife and 4 children.
Randleman was a former collegiate wrestler, UFC Heavyweight Champion and fought under the Pride banner. He faced the best of the best through out his career facing some of the biggest names in MMA, he eventually retired in 2011 with a 17-16 record.
The Randleman family has issued a statement on Friday via Facebook, confirming their tragic loss:
With saddened hearts, the Randleman family confirms the passing of Kevin “The Monster” Randleman. Behind the name, was a gentle soul and loyal friend whom will be missed by many who loved him beyond the cage. The Ohio State University, UFC, MMA, and Sandusky, Ohio communities share in the loss of Kevin’s passing. While traveling on business, Kevin became ill and unexpectedly passed due to complications from pneumonia.
Kevin leaves behind a wife and four extraordinary children to share his legacy with the world who mourns his passing. Life without “The Monster” will never be the same. The family requests respect and privacy during this difficult time. Kevin’s family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support.
Kevin showed nothing but class and respect for his opponents as you can see in this video below of him talking to Rampage after his loss.
Kevin Randleman was a man of class
After losing to @Rampage4real,
he went to the back & gave him words of wisdom pic.twitter.com/sdtLrEbzBl
— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) February 12, 2016