Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman has passed away on Thursday after suffering from heart failure while in hospital.
The 44-year-old Randleman went to hospital with a case of pneumonia, but passed away shortly afterwards after further complications.
Since returning to mixed martial arts in 2011, Randleman had made a name for himself.
Many former and current UFC fighters have paid tribute to Randleman, who boasted victories over the likes of Mirko Filipovic and Murilo Rua during his time in the octagon.
Former UFC champion Randy Couture left a rather moving tribute to the former champ…
Kevin my friend , my sorrows swell and my heart sinks as the sun sets on our journey. I embrace the memories of our time together in laughter , in the heat of combat , and in tears as we stumbled through this world. I never dreamed that I would sit alone decades later in reflection at the adventures we shared. I see your swagger and smile , eyes twinkle with devious delight as you bounded high in intimidating preparation for battle always aware that all eyes were on you. Magnetic and powerful you seemed to glow with anticipation at what the struggle would bring. You showed me the reward of daily toil and the joys of reckless abandon. You lived a life unimagined by most with a philosophy of someone who seemed to know both sides of the coin. We battled vicious demons , some side by side, and reveled in the victories always willing to share the spoils with any one in need. This life you led laid open an example of happiness and freedom for countless souls including mine that we would never have had the strength or courage to face on our own. We went willingly with you and witnessed mercy, compassion, and the miracle that was you to all those you touched and wisdom through your falls. There is no explanation, excuse , or apology for your life because it requires none! The good was great , the bad was -well bad. It was 100% Kevin and I’am blessed to have shared it. See you on the other side. Randy Couture