Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman passed away Thursday night. He was 44 years old.
Randleman, who held the title in 1999-2000, went to the hospital for an illness according to reports and suffered heart failure. He last competed in 2011.
Nicknamed “The Monster,” Randleman was just that, winning two NCAA wrestling titles and advancing to the finals as a freshman before being forced to sit out his senior season.
He entered into MMA in 1996 and went 17-16 overall, scoring five knockouts and winning four other matches via submission. Along with his stint in the UFC, Randleman shared the cage with the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Chuck Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Randleman leaves behind a wife and three children.
Sad to confirm the passing of MMA pioneer Kevin Randleman at 44 years old. Went to hospital with pneumonia and had heart failure.
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) February 12, 2016