MMAWeekly.com reported last week that Kevin “The Monster” Randleman was hospitalized, his body basically shutting down and nearing kidney failure. Fortunately, he made it to the hospital in time to avert what surely would have been disaster.
Randleman’s wife, Elizabeth, said that his CPK levels reached a measurement of 68,000. A measurement of 150 is considered normal. What this means is that Randleman’s muscles were shutting down and if they hadn’t got it under control, his organs would start to follow suit.
Much of the problem stemmed from complications following several surgeries and Randleman’s refusal to slow down and let his body fully recover before resuming his normal routine resulting in him having to be on I.V. antibiotics for an extended period of time, which is stressful on the body.
The doctor’s at St. Rose in Las Vegas, Nev. were able to flush out his system and lower his CPK levels. According to Elizabeth, “Kevin was released from the hospital and is doing very good. His CPK is down to 2,000, which is a long way from 68,000.” She continued, “He can’t do anything until it gets to 150 and stays there for a week or so. Other than him being somewhat stir crazy, he is very good.”
Randleman spoke to Damon Martin and Jeff Cain on MMAWeekly’s SoundOff radio show last week from his hospital room. “I can honestly say, that no matter whatever happens in my life, I have been blessed,” said an introspective Randleman.
He even touched on the issue of his failed drug test following the Shogun fight on Pride’s U.S. debut last October in Las Vegas. “If you’re going to be a man, you have to stand up for what is right. I made a very bad mistake. I did something wrong. I want everyone to understand that I am so sorry to my fans, to MMA… I am going to accept everything that I get,” said Randleman.
Randleman said, “I don’t take performance enhancing drugs” and went on to explain that, following 11 surgeries in 16 months, he was on so many antibiotics and pain pills that he was afraid he may not be allowed to fight. But he reiterated, “From the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry for the deception. It is not my right to fight; it is an honor for me to fight.”