Kevin Randleman to be Inducted Into UFC Hall of Fame
By FCF Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that former heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman, who passed away in 2016, is headed to the promotion’s Hall of Fame.
The powerful wrestler will be inducted into the Pioneer Wing.
In a press release from the promotion announcing the news, UFC President Dana White was quoted saying (quote via MMA Junkie).
“Kevin Randleman was one of the first real athletes in the early days of UFC. He was a two-time NCAA Division-I national champion and All-American wrestler at The Ohio State University. He was the fifth heavyweight champion in UFC history and one of the first athletes to successfully compete at both heavyweight and light heavyweight. He was a pioneer of the sport and it’s an honor to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2020.”
During Randleman’s (17-16) career, he fought a who’s who of the sport’s top fighters, including Fedor Emelianenko, Chuck Liddell, Kazushi Sakuraba, Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, and “Shogun” Rua. Randleman’s biggest victory was likely his 2004, knockout of Mirko “Cro Cop” at a PRIDE event.
“The Monster” passed away in 2016 at the age of 44, after falling ill with pneumonia and suffering a heart attack.