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The Softer Side of Kevin Randleman

Jun 17, 2008
Kevin The Monster Randleman, one of the shining stars in the world of mixed martial arts, has several different sides that fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may not see. Sure, he is the former heavyweight champion of the UFC and many opponents think twice before getting in the right with him. Still, in addition to having many wins to his name, Kevin Randleman is also a father, husband and son.

Born on August 10, 1971 in Columbus, Ohio, Kevin Randleman always loved sports. At a young age he got involved in wrestling and martial arts, eventually graduating from Sandusky High School and going on to attend Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Kevin Randleman joined the wrestling team, competing at the weight of 177 pounds. At five feet, ten inches tall, Kevin Randleman went on to take home two Division I NCAA championship titles. Basically, out of the four years he was in college, Kevin Randleman was the American wrestling champion in his class for half of the time. Impressive, to say the least.

Kevin Randleman is one of the biggest opponents of steroid and other performance enhancing drug use, speaking out against drugs on a regular basis. During a fight in Brazil in 1997, Kevin Randleman lost his first match ever to Carlos Barretto. To this day, he swears that there were shady circumstances surrounding the fight. Specifically, he claims that they other fighters were using steroids and continued to throw strikes at him while outside of the cage.

Until recently, Kevin Randleman has been plagued by kidney trouble, a horrible staph infection and an addiction to painkillers that had been prescribed to help him recover from his numerous surgeries. Fortunately, he has since recovered and in May of this year he made his grand comeback, defeating Ryo Kawamura in a unanimous victory. In 2004, he was both inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame and awarded the title of the 2004 Knock Out of the Year by sportsbook.com.

Kevin Randleman has been married to his wife, Elizabeth, for several years now. He also has two children: an 18 year old son named Calvin and a 10 year old daughter neamed Jasmine Capri. Calvin is clearly taking after his famous father, as he took his high school football team to the regional finals in Ohio. Currently, Calvin is continuing his football career at Ashland University.
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