If you’re interested in MMA battles, you’ve probably heard of Kevin Randleman (also known as “The Monster”). He was a trailblazer in contemporary martial arts and a big guy who fought worthily. However, he faced some problems with the law and probably used illegal steroids. Unfortunately, a few years ago, he died of heart failure. Perhaps this death was partly associated with side effects of steroids.
The Athlete’s Bio
Kevin Christopher Randleman was born in 1971 in Sandusky, Ohio. The guy started to fight on his school’s varsity team becoming a titleholder in the first NCAA division, the highest level of intercollegiate athletics, which is sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
He moved to LA and began his fighting career in 1996 with triumphal victories over Daniel Bobish and some other celebrated athletes. In 1997, performing at UVF, he defeated Ebenezer Fontes Braga (“Pitbull”) & Mario “Sukata” Neto but lost the battle to Carlos “Carlão” Barreto. Later that year he turned off Gustavo Homem de Neve by submission and drove in reverse in the fight with Tom Erikson (“The Big Cat”).
In 1999, he moved from heavyweight to the light heavyweight category, where he experienced defeat by Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and a comeback victory over Renato “Babalu” Sobral.
In September 2002, his debut in PRIDE FC took place in a battle with Michiyoshi Ohara. It was a runaway victory for The Monster. In 2002, he defeated Kenichi Yamamoto and Murilo “Ninja” Milani Rua.
After a series of proud victories, he approached the owner of the prestigious title Wanderlei César da Silva. At the PRIDE 25 event, he fought American fighter Quinton Jackson. The fight was to determine the top rival for the championship belt of Silva. However, Kevin lost in the first round.
His first fight in PRIDE FC 2004 was against former K-1 member Mirko “Croatian Cop” Filipovic, who was foreshadowed victorious in this tournament. Randleman won in this hard fight by knockout.
In the second fight at PRIDE FC 2004, Randleman fought with top heavyweight athlete Fyodor or Fedor Emelianenko (“The Last Emperor”). Fedor won this battle, The Monster emerged from further struggle.
Then Randleman fought against his friend Ron Waterman. Ron defeated Kevin in the first round by conceding a submission.
At the PRIDE Shockwave 2004 tournament, The Monster offered a rematch to “Cro Cop”. Mirko defeated him in the first round, taking revenge for the past defeat.
In the first battle at the 2005 Grand Prix, Randleman lost to Kazuhiro Nakamura from Japan. In November 2005, our hero performed at the Bushido Europe and won by decision.
After this tournament, Randleman fell ill, he had staphylococcal agents in his lungs which caused a gaping hole underneath his armpit. After recovery, he was to enter an MMA fight with Vitor Belfort (a famous fighter who probably used steroids). The meeting did not take place because Randleman got sick again. In the fall of 2006, Kevin returned to PRIDE FC for the PRIDE 32 tournament. There he was defeated by leg lock in his first battle against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Kevin Randleman and Steroids
Soon after Kevin’s fight with Roy, the Nevada Sports Commission carried out a doping test, which he failed. Later he explained his failure by taking antibiotics and painkillers prescribed by his doctor as postsurgical therapy. In February 2007, they suspended Randleman from participating in battles. There is no hard information about the drugs he took, but he may have used Winstrol or Nandrolone.
In August 2007, the police arrested the athlete in Goodsprings, Nevada based on several charges including driving a vehicle while alcohol impaired.
In 2009, commenting on anabolic use by MMA fighters, Kevin adamantly rejected accusations of steroid usage. He added that he supported equal rules for all fighters. In that interview, he compared his impeccable, genetically defying physique with that of some American fighters who had protruded abdomens and mentioned that certain Brazilian fights stay “roided up” year round.
Kevin Randleman’s Death
In February 2016, Kevin died of heart failure. At the time of death, Kevin was in a hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was only 44 years old.
Before that, in particular, in 2007, the fighter complained about staph infections, which did disastrous work, eating away at the athlete’s body. His internal organs ceased working. This was likely the result of his illicit anabolic use. In the 2000s, the anti-doping test system didn’t function, so there was a happy hunting ground for MMA participants. According to the athlete, he was often hospitalized, as abrasions and bruises resulting from physical exercises could cause infections to develop more intensively.
After Kevin’s demise, some MMA artists provided their comments.
Sebastiaan “Bas” Rutten said that the news about his friend’s passing was the worst he had ever experienced and expressed condolences to his wife and children.
According to Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge, Kevin Randleman was an icon of the UFC.
Frank Trigg (“Twinkle Toes”) mentioned the deceased fighter’s determination in achieving his objectives, his tremendous willpower, and indomitable rivalry spirit.
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva left this comment: “Rest in peace, Kevin Randleman.”
Lance Palmer (“The Party”) said that he would remember Kevin as a brilliant athlete, relentless UFC fighter, loving husband and caring father.
Recently, forensic science experts from the Italian University of Padua carried out an autopsy of a bodybuilder “X”. They were astounded to discover that the deceased heart weighed 900 grams (while a typical human heart has an average weight of 300 grams) and the liver – 2700 (1500 grams being a normal weight). The experts concluded that the death had been caused by a steroid injection.
The Italian scientists published the analyzed results of the four forensic autopsies of sportsmen they had performed and draw a conclusion that the steroid-dependent athletes’ deaths had been caused by heart failure.
Based on the considerations above, we don’t recommend anabolics. Using steroids cannot pass tracklessly in the body.