Kevin Randleman was one of the purest personalities in the sport, and the most athletically gifted individual I have witnessed competing in the sport’s history.
I will miss him dearly as a fan, along with the MMA community – a community he often took his time to interact with and respond to personally.
His battle with Rutten, his time ruling the UFC heavyweight roost, his concisive victory over Crop Cop, then his unforgettable slam on Fedor that had the world stunned and replaying for years after and to this day, are a few of the most exciting moments he leaves with us.
Outside the ring, he always appeared as friendly, peaceful, and loving. His interviews bored that out. He was an incredibly charismatic personality, with an incredibly charming underside. His heart burst out and welcomed people he didn’t know with a complete and sincere friendliness.
We were blessed to see such an athletically gifted individual in competition, and we are unlikely to see someone with as great a heart – who showed such loyalty and undying respect towards his trainers, and such love for his fans – again. He was one of a kind.
The bigger picture was of the man, and it was of the face of a ridiculously good-hearted man. We could all take a page from his book.
RIP “The Monster.” You were truly great.