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Kevin Randleman

Born August 10, 1971 (1971-08-10) (age 38)
Sandusky, Ohio
Other names The Monster
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division 205
Style Wrestling
Fighting out of Columbus, Ohio
Team Xtreme Couture
MMA record
Total 31
Wins 17
By knockout 5
By submission 4
Losses 14
Draws 0

Kevin Christopher Randleman (born August 10, 1971 in Sandusky, Ohio) is an American mixed martial arts fighter and a former UFC heavyweight champion. Randleman's background is in Collegiate wrestling. Wrestling at 177 pounds, Randleman was a two time Division I NCAA Champion for an Ohio State University. Randleman has competed in the heavyweight and light heavyweight classes, appearing in organizations including the UFC, PRIDE, WVR, and Strikeforce. He is known for his athleticism and explosive power. He was previously associated with Mark Coleman's Team Hammer House, but most recently began training at Randy Couture's gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]



On October 22, 1996 at Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4, his MMA career began with wins over Luiz Carlos Macial, Geza Kalman and Dan Bobish to win that event's tournament. On March 3, 1997 at Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 6, he beat Ebenezer Fontes Braga and Mario Neto, but was handed his first loss by Carlos Barreto. Randleman believes there were shady circumstances in his fight with Barreto as he fought two other Brazilians that night who dragged the matches out by escaping the ring and hitting him from outside of the ring. He also suspected they were using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs which he is very much against and has openly stated he detested.[2]

At the Brazil Open Fight event on June 15, 1997, he forced Homem de Neve to submit due to an elbow strike to the head, but lost his next fight to Tom Erikson by an uppercut KO that left him unconscious and required him to be stretchered from the cage. He has stated that it was hard to fight Erikson as they knew each other beforehand.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Randleman fought in the UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight divisions at UFC 19, UFC 20, UFC 23, UFC 26, UFC 28, UFC 31, UFC 35. Beating Maurice Smith to become a top contender, he fought Bas Rutten for the Heavyweight title, previously vacated by Randy Couture. Randleman lost via a decision to Rutten, as while Randleman maintained positional superiority with takedowns, it was judged that Rutten was the more active fighter with strikes. This fight became infamous due to Mark Coleman's instructions before the second overtime that Randleman "smear the blood" from the cut he had created above Rutten's nose into his eye, so his opponent couldn't see.

Randleman achieved his goal to become the UFC Heavyweight champion on November 19, 1999, beating Pete Williams at UFC 23 for the title (which was vacated upon Rutten's retirement), and successfully defended it against Pedro Rizzo at UFC 26. However, he later lost the title to Randy Couture at UFC 28. After losing the title, he moved down to light heavyweight, feeling it was a more natural weight for his body, but suffered a setback, losing to Chuck Liddell in his first fight at that weight before beating Renato "Babalu" Sobral in his final fight with the UFC.


In September 2002, Randlemen made his debut in PRIDE, taking on Japanese wrestler Michiyoshi Ohara. Randleman acquired an easy victory, as Ohara appeared to have no intention of trying to fight Randleman right from the off-set, and even tried to flee and grab the ropes several times in an attempt to avoid damage from Randleman. This match was panned by the audience and Randleman himself, who left the ring before being awarded his trophy, visibly angry.

Throughout the course of 2002, Randleman gained victories over Kenichi Yamamoto ( TKO by vicious knee strikes from north-south position) and Murilo "Ninja" Rua (TKO by cutting Rua with tremendeous counter left hook). This winning streak would eventually put him in the spot of contender for the PRIDE Middeweight (205 lb) championship, held by Wanderlei Silva. At PRIDE 25 Randleman faced another Middleweight contender, fellow American wrestler Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, in a match that determined the number one contender for Silva's belt. In the first round Randleman suffered his first loss in PRIDE, after a knee-uppercut combination from Jackson knocked Randleman down. The Referee stopped the fight after Rampage got dominant position and began landing strikes on Randleman.

Following a submission loss to Kazushi Sakuraba in 2003, Randleman became one of the sixteen participants in the PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight tournament, alongside teammate Mark Coleman. His first round match up at PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 was against former K-1 kickboxer Mirko Cro Cop Filipović, a participant heavily favored to win the entire tournament. Randleman knocked out "Cro Cop" by ground and pound following a left hook that surprised and knocked him down.

Randleman delivers the infamous suplex to Fedor Emelianenko at Pride Critical Countdown 2004

In the second round, at PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004, Randleman faced off against the reigning Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. Again a heavy underdog, in a short bout he managed to suplex Fedor onto his head, landing in north south position. This maneuver failed to damage Fedor, who quickly capitalized on Randleman's characteristic failure to inflict damage upon opponents from a dominant position by reversing him and submitting him with a kimura, thereby eliminating him from the tournament.

With his tournament journey over, Randleman went on to square off against friend and fellow American wrestler Ron Waterman at PRIDE Final Conflict 2004, submitting to a keylock in the first round. Randleman picked up and slammed much bigger (6'2 and 280 pounds) Waterman, was ahead on scorecards but made one mistake and lost by Americana (Ude-garami). At PRIDE Shockwave 2004 Randleman offered a rematch to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović. Filipovic submitted Randleman in the first round via guillotine choke, avenging his loss and adding another loss to Randleman's losing streak in the process. In the opening round of PRIDE's 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix, Kevin Randleman lost to Japanese Judoka Kazuhiro Nakamura via decision. In November 2005, Randleman appeared in Bushido Europe-Rotterdam Rumble, Europe's first Bushido event, and defeated Fatih Kocamis via decision, ending his losing streak, and giving him his first win in nearly a year.

Randleman was taken ill with a serious fungal lung infection after his Rotterdam bout that had unknowingly been present for sometime.[3] He underwent a successful surgery to have the infection removed. After recovering, he was scheduled to fight against Vitor Belfort at a Strikeforce event in San Jose, California on June 9, 2006, but was unable to, due to a recurrence of the infection (Belfort instead fought, and lost to, Alistair Overeem, by unanimous decision).[citation needed]

Kevin Randleman returned to PRIDE FC for their first show on American soil, PRIDE 32: The Real Deal on October 21, 2006, where he was quickly submitted by a kneebar in the first round by 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. This match-up was made partly to capitalize on an incident where Mark Coleman fought Rua and broke his arm with a trip takedown. After the referee stopped the fight, a brawl ensued. Chute Boxe and Hammer House members then entered the ring, clashing verbally and physically, creating bad blood between the two teams.

World Victory Road: Sengoku

After 1 year and 7 months of lay off due to kidney problems, terrible staph infection, and suspension, Randleman came back with a unanimous decision over Ryo Kawamura at May 18, 2008 in Sengoku 2.

Randleman's next fight was scheduled to be on June 21, 2008 versus Jeff Monson at the Godz of War; however Randleman injured his shoulder while training. Ricco Rodriguez replaced him and fought Monson, losing a unanimous decision.

Randleman said that he would fight at Sengoku VI in November, but did not. Later, he explained that he injured his shoulder very seriously in his comeback fight vs Ryo Kawamura, so he took a long rest.

On November 7, 2009, Randleman fought Bulgarian prospect Stanislav Nedkov. Randleman started the fight with a good left leg kick and takedown. He used elevators and reversals to avoid damage from Nedkov, when Nedkov made few takedowns. In the 3rd round Randleman repeated his strong left leg kick and used his new blue belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills to avoid bottom positions and back immediately to the top positions on the ground. After 3 rounds the judges rendered a controversial split decision, with 1 round for Randleman and 2 for Nedkov.


At the Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz press conference it was announced that he had finalised the signing of a contract with Strikeforce.

Randleman's Strikeforce debut was on June 6 against journeyman and IFL standout Mike Whitehead at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields. Randleman looked to grapple immediately in the fight, whilst Whitehead controlled the fight on the feet. Whitehead won the first 2 rounds using takedowns but Randleman employed the use of reversals very competently to avoid significant damage. In the 3rd round Randleman, having seemingly lost the previous, he threw caution to the wind and loosened his arms, becoming reckless with his strikes, but knocking his opponent down with a left hook to the chin. Randleman charged in to finish Whitehead and landed a few shots to Mike's head, but was unable to capitalize effectively on the knockdown. All 3 judges scored the bout (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) in favor of Mike Whitehead.

Controversy, illness and suspension from fighting

After the bout with Rua, Randleman failed a drug test administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission. [4] Randleman submitted a urine sample lacking any hormones to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. This indicated that the sample was fake.[5] On January 19, 2007, Randleman was hospitalized due to serious damage to his kidneys.[6] In an interview with MMAWeekly, he stated he failed to submit a urine sample due to his use of painkillers and antibiotics after his previous surgeries that may have prevented him from being cleared to fight, and his current health issues were a result of the cumulative effects of his surgeries, medication and fighting on his body.

The Nevada Athletic Commission met on February 16, 2007 to discuss the fake sample and revoked Randleman's license to fight. He was able to reapply for a license after October 21, 2007, a year from the date of his loss to Mauricio Rua.[7]

DUI Arrest

On August 16, 2007, Randleman was arrested in Goodsprings, Nevada, a small community in the desert south of Las Vegas, on a variety of charges, including drunk driving, following an apparent traffic stop.[8]

Professional wrestling career

Randleman has had several professional wrestling matches, his first in January 2004 for HUSTLE. In February 2009, Randleman made a challenge to WWE pro-wrestler Kofi Kingston on a St. Louis FOX Sports MMA show called Absolute Wrestling Radio!

Personal life

Kevin married his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth on April 25, 2009.[9] He also has two children, 18-year-old Calvin and 10 year-old Jasmine Capri.[10] His son Calvin Graduated from Huron High School, Helping lead the football team to the state regional finals. Calvin played football at the Ashland University for Two years out of high school before taking his skills to the Division I level by transferring to UNLV.

Honors and grappling credentials

NCAA Division I Collegiate Championships:

  • 1993 177 lbs: 1st place
  • 1992 177 lbs: 1st place
  • 1991 167 lbs: 2nd place

Mixed martial arts record

Date Result Record Opponent Event Method Round, Time Notes
2009-11-07 Loss 17-14 Bulgaria Stanislav Nedkov World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11 Decision (Split) Round 3, 5:00
2009-06-06 Loss 17–13 United States Mike Whitehead Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00
2008-05-18 Win 17–12 Japan Ryo Kawamura World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 2 Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00
2006-10-21 Loss 16–12 Brazil Mauricio Rua PRIDE 32 Submission (Kneebar) Round 1, 2:35 Randleman suspended following post-fight drug test
2005-10-09 Win 16–11 Turkey Fatih Kocamis Bushido Europe-Rotterdam Rumble Decision (Unanimous) Round 2
2005-04-23 Loss 15–11 Japan Kazuhiro Nakamura PRIDE Total Elimination 2005 Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00 Returned to LHW (205) division
2004-12-31 Loss 15–10 Croatia Mirko Filipović PRIDE Shockwave 2004 Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1, 0:42
2004-08-15 Loss 15–9 United States Ron Waterman PRIDE Final Conflict 2004 Submission (Keylock) Round 1, 7:44
2004-06-20 Loss 15–8 Russia Fedor Emelianenko PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004 Submission (Kimura) Round 1, 1:33 PRIDE 2004 HW Grand Prix Quarterfinal
2004-04-25 Win 15–7 Croatia Mirko Filipović PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 KO (Punches) Round 1, 1:57 Returned to HW division. PRIDE 2004 HW Grand Prix Opening Round
2003-11-09 Loss 14–7 Japan Kazushi Sakuraba PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 Submission (Armbar) Round 3, 2:36
2003-03-16 Loss 14–6 United States Quinton Jackson PRIDE 25 TKO (Knee and punches) Round 1, 6:58
2002-12-23 Win 14–5 Brazil Murilo Rua PRIDE 24 TKO (Cut) Round 3, 0:20
2002-11-24 Win 13–5 Japan Kenichi Yamamoto PRIDE 23 TKO (Knees) Round 3, 1:16
2002-09-29 Win 12–5 Japan Michiyoshi Ohara PRIDE 22 Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00
2002-07-13 Win 11–5 United States Brian Foster RFC: The Beginning KO (Punch) Round 1, 0:20
2002-01-11 Win 10–5 Brazil Renato Sobral UFC 35 Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00
2001-05-04 Loss 9–5 United States Chuck Liddell UFC 31 KO (Punches) Round 1, 1:18 Dropped to LHW (205)
2000-11-17 Loss 9–4 United States Randy Couture UFC 28 TKO (Strikes) Round 3, 4:13 Lost UFC Heavyweight title
2000-06-09 Win 9–3 Brazil Pedro Rizzo UFC 26 Decision (Unanimous) Round 5, 5:00 Defends UFC Heavyweight title
1999-11-19 Win 8–3 United States Pete Williams UFC 23 Decision (Unanimous) Round 5, 5:00 Won vacant UFC Heavyweight title
1999-05-07 Loss 7–3 Netherlands Bas Rutten UFC 20 Decision (Split) Round 1, 21;00 For vacant UFC Heavyweight title
1999-03-05 Win 7–2 United States Maurice Smith UFC 19 Decision (Unanimous) Round 1, 15:00
1997-06-15 Loss 6–2 United States Tom Erikson Brazil Open-'97 KO (Punches) Round 1, 1:11
1997-06-15 Win 6–1 Brazil Homem de Neve Brazil Open-'97 Submission (Elbow) Round 1, 2:21
1997-03-03 Loss 5–1 Brazil Carlos Barreto Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 6 Technical Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 1, 22:24
1997-03-03 Win 5–0 Brazil Mario Neto Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 6 Submission (Punches) Round 1, 11:24
1997-03-03 Win 4–0 Brazil Ebenezer Fontes Braga Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 6 Decision Round 1, 20:00
1996-10-22 Win 3–0 United States Dan Bobish Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4 Submission (Punches) Round 1, 5:50
1996-10-22 Win 2–0 Canada Geza Kalman Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4 TKO (Punches) Round 1, 7:37
1996-10-22 Win 1–0 Brazil Luiz Carlos Macial Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4 Submission (Punches) Round 1, 5:14


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Title last held by
Bas Rutten
5th UFC Heavyweight Champion
November 14, 1999 – November 17, 2000
Succeeded by
Randy Couture

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