The MMA community has reacted with great sadness to the death of former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman.
The 44-year-old Randleman passed away on Thursday after suffering heart failure, a complication of pneumonia for which he had been hospitalised for.
Fighters and promoters new and old have taken to social media to pay tribute to Randleman.
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of the legend Kevin Randleman. RIP Kevin “The Monster” Randleman pic.twitter.com/MTC4nFAF29
— Dana White (@danawhite) February 12, 2016
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
Sad news about my fellow veteran fighter….we saw this thing through when it wasn’t the popular thing to do. May you RIP Randleman
— Jens Pulver (@jens_pulver) February 12, 2016
Kevin Randleman picked me up & put me on his shoulder after my first fight. Made me feel like a hero. RIP to a Monster w/ a heart of gold. — Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) February 12, 2016
So extremely sad to hear about the passing of Kevin Randleman. Truly one of the legends of (cont) https://t.co/LedD3Xo48T
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) February 12, 2016
Just heard that the MMA community lost a great fighter tonight at only 44 yrs old. RIP Kevin Randleman. Prayers go out to his family.
— Rich Franklin (@RichFranklin) February 12, 2016
R.I.P Kev — Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) February 12, 2016
Rip Kevin ???
— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) February 12, 2016
— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) February 12, 2016
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I’m stunned & deeply saddened at the passing of Kevin Randleman. He was responsible for the most memorable call of my 30 year career.#RIP
— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) February 12, 2016
We heard its confirmed, Kevin Randleman passed away. This is the worst news. Condolences to Elizabeth and their kids, RIP my friend — Bas Rutten (@BasRuttenMMA) February 12, 2016