Kevin Randleman soon will be part of the UFC Hall of Fame.

The former UFC heavyweight champion, who died in 2016, will be inducted into the Pioneer Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame later this year. The news was announced during Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 8 broadcast.

Born: 1971-08-10
Died: 2016-02-11 Country Columbus, Ohio
United States Height
177.8 cm Weight
205 lbs
92.99 kg

“Kevin Randleman was one of the first real athletes in the early days of UFC,” UFC president Dana White said in a press release. “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.”

Randleman (17-16 MMA, 4-3 UFC) died of a heart attack in February 2016 at 44. He becomes the 17th member of the Pioneer Era wing, a category that includes athletes who turned professional before Nov. 17, 2000.

Randleman won the vacant UFC heavyweight title in 1999, defeating Pete Williams by decision at UFC 23. Randleman defended the belt once, outpointing Pedro Rizzo at UFC 26 in 2000, but lost the title to Randy Couture a few months later.

Randleman is also know for his stint in PRIDE, where he competed 11 times, sharing the ring with some of the best fighters of his time including Mirko Cro Cop, Fedor Emelianenko, Quinton Jackson and Kazushi Sakuraba.


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