2016 got off to a sobering start in the MMA world when news emerged that Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman had passed away on February 11th at just 44 years of age.
The fact that ‘The Monster’ had been a standout athlete and physical specimen in his prime who had fought some of the biggest names in the sport during his time in the UFC and PRIDE, made it all the harder to take that he was no longer with us.
Randleman had retired from the sport in 2011, but was still fondly remembered by fans and had attended the World MMA Awards in early February with his wife, appearing to be a in good health.
However, less than a week later on February 10th, Randelman suddenly collapsed after complaining of a shortness of breath and flu-like symptoms, leading to him being diagnosed with pneumonia.
He was rushed to hospital in San Diego, but despite doctor’s best efforts to save his life he passed away that day due to heart failure.