Kevin Randleman passes away at 44
<p dir="ltr">MMA legend and pioneer Kevin Randleman <a href="https://twitter.com/jeremybotter/status/697980484207251458">passed away last night</a> after facing heart complications due to pneumonia.</p>
<p dir="ltr">The former UFC heavyweight champion, who was known as one of MMA’s best pure athletes, began his career as a wrestler at Ohio State University where he became a two-time national champion and three-time All-American.</p>
<p dir="ltr">Randleman transitioned into mixed martial arts through one of his coaches at OSU, a familiar name in the sport, Mark Coleman. He began his professional career in Universal Vale Tudo where he compiled a 6-2 record before entering the UFC. After going 1-1 under the promotions banner, he beat Pete Williams to win the heavyweight title and went on to defend it against Pedro Rizzo.</p>
<p dir="ltr">Randleman spent the significant part of his career in PRIDE where he won his most memorable bout-- a brutal knockout of Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ in one of the greatest upsets of all time.</p>
Both fans and fighters <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/2/12/10976856/pros-mourn-the-death-of-kevin-randleman-former-ufc-heavyweight">mourn the death</a> of one of the sport’s pioneers.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.