Former UFC Champ Kevin Randleman Dead at 44

Kevin Randleman

Former UFC heavyweight champion and two-time NCAA champion wrestler Kevin Randleman has died. He was just 44.

According to FOX Sports, Randleman was admitted to a San Diego hospital on Thursday for pneumonia and later passed away due to heart failure.

In college, he was a two NCAA wrestling champion and three-time All-American. Once he finished college, he entered the MMA world, making his UFC debut in 1999, where he would become heavyweight champ just three fights in.

Randleman defeated Pete Williams to win the vacant title and then went on to defend it against Pedro Rizzo in June 2000.

After his run in the UFC, Randleman ventured to Japan, becoming a fixture in PRIDE Fighting Championships and fought there for four years.

He finished his MMA career with a 17-16 record, last fighting in 2011 for Pro FC.