If you are interested in MMA battles, you probably know Kevin Randleman (also known as “The Monster”). He was a pathfinder in contemporary martial arts routes and a big guy who fought very worthily. However, he had some problems with the law and probably used illegal steroids. Unfortunately, a few years ago this athlete 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 in the 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. Then he moved to LA and began his fighting career in 1996 with triumphal victories over Daniel Bobish and some other 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 light heavyweight category, then there were the defeat by Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and victory over Renato “Babalu” Sobral.
In September 2002, the sportsman’s debut in Pride FC took place in a battle with Michiyoshi Ohara. It was a runaway victory for “The Monster”. In 2002, The sportsman defeated Kenichi Yamamoto and Murilo “Ninja” Milani Rua.
After a series of victories, he approached the owner of the prestigious title Wanderlei César da Silva. At the PRIDE 25 event, the sportsman was to fight the American fighter Quinton Jackson. The fight was to determine the top rival for the championship belt of Silva. However, Kevin lost in the 1st round.
The sportsman’s 1st fight at Pride FC 2004 was against a former K-1 member Mirko “Croatian Cop” Filipovic, who all foreshadowed the victory at this tournament. The sportsman won in this hard fight by knockout.
In the 2nd fight at Pride FC 2004, the sportsman fought with the top athlete in heavyweight Fyodor/Fedor Emelianenko (“The Last Emperor”). Fedya won this battle, “The Monster” emerged from further struggle.
Then Randleman fought against his mate Ron Waterman. Kevin was defeated in the 1st round by conceding a submission. At the PRIDE Shockwave 2004 tournament, “The Monster” offered a re-match to “Cro Cop”. Mirko defeated him in the 1st round, taking revenge for the past defeat. In the first battle at the 2005 Grand Prix, the sportsman lost to Kazuhiro Nakamura from Japan. In November 2005, our hero performed at the Bushido Europe and achieve a victory by decision.
After this tournament, “The Monster” fell ill, he had staphylococcal agents in the lungs which caused a gaping hole underneath his armpit. After recovery, he was to perform the MMA fight with Vitor Belfort (famous fighter who probably used steroids). The meeting did not take place because the sportsman fell ill again. In the fall of 2006, Kevin returned to Pride FC for the PRIDE32 tournament. There he was defeated by leg lock in the 1st battle against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Kevin Randleman and Steroids
Soon after Kevin’s fight with Roy, the Nevada Sports Commission carried out the doping test, which was failed by the sportsman. Later he explained his failure by taking antibiotics and painkillers prescribed by his doctor as a post-surgery therapy. In February 2007, Randleman was suspended from participating in battles. We don’t have any proved information about the drugs he took. He might have used Winstrol or Nandrolone.
In August 2007, the police arrested the athlete in Goodsprings based on a number of charges including driving a car while impaired by alcohol.
In 2009, commenting on the state of things with anabolic use by MMA fighters, Kevin completely rejected accusations he had used steroids. He added that he supported the idea of equal rules for all sportsmen. In that interview he compared his impeccable physique (genetically “freak” one) with that of some American fighters who had protruded abdomens and mentioned certain Brazillians’ staying “roided up” year round.
Kevin Randleman’s Death
In February 2016, Kevin died of heart failure. At the time of his ending, Kevin was in a hospital where he was treated for pneumonia. The man was only 44 years old.
Before that, in particular in 2007, the fighter complained about staph infections, which did their disastrous work and simply “ate” the athlete’s body. Internal organs of the fighter ceased to work. For the most part, this was because the sportsman took a lot of illicit anabolics (and other stuff), which are included in the banned list now. But in the 2000s, full-fledged 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 away was the worst he had ever had and express 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 sportsman’s determination in achieving his objectives, his tremendous will power 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.