One of MMA’s greatest pioneers, Kevin Randleman, has reportedly passed away at the age of 44.
Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter is reporting that the former UFC heavyweight champ was battling pneumonia, and after going to the hospital, he suffered heart failure.
The wrestler made his way into pro MMA way back in 1996, and in 1999, he defeated Pete Williams to become UFC champion.
Randleman went on to become a mainstay with PRIDE during the organization’s glory years, and fought many of the promotion’s biggest stars. His biggest win with PRIDE took place in 2004, when he knocked out Mirko “Cro Cop”.
His last bout took place in 2011.
Randleman is survived by three children and his wife.