It’s a sad day in MMA.
MMA legend and former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman passed away after a reported heart failure on Thursday. He was 44.
Apart from being a ferocious competitor in the cage and ring, Randleman was a beloved member of the MMA community. News of his passing struck a nerve felt by just about everyone on Twitter. Here are a few who expressed their thoughts, prayers and memories of the Monster. RIP, Kevin.
— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) February 12, 2016
— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) February 12, 2016
UFC Legend, Kevin Randleman Passes Away At Age 44. Can’t believe my friend passed away. That’s 2 in 2 months WoW pic.twitter.com/1lmKyWcMEi
— Gary H Goodridge (@garyhgoodridge) 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
RIP Kevin Randleman pic.twitter.com/M3ttQdDS2J
— caposa (@GrabakaHitman) February 12, 2016
I’m stunned. Saw Kevin on Friday and he and @TheSherdoggy told stories from their days in Japan. So sad.
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) February 12, 2016
RIP Kevin Randleman. Won an NCAA championship at 177, then captured the UFC heavyweight title. Personified passion pic.twitter.com/2FrPWJMeQG
— Jonathan Snowden (@JESnowden) 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
RIP to the man who proved Cro Cop wasn’t invincible. https://t.co/wSGvIa8vRy
— Erik Fontanez (@Nahmles) February 12, 2016
Kevin Randleman was a legend but more importantly he was a friend. The world is a lesser place without him in it. #RIP
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) February 12, 2016
— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) February 12, 2016
Pretty much remember each time I was around Kevin Randleman. RIP to an unforgettable fighter, who flirted with death as much as life.
— Josh Gross (@yay_yee) February 12, 2016
WE WILL ALL MISS YOU KEVIN RANDLEMAN. A BEAST AND A GENT. RIP. pic.twitter.com/RVV79X1vF1
— MAYHEM MILLER IND. (@mayhemmiller) February 12, 2016
Kevin my friend , my sorrows swell and my heart sinks as the sun sets on our journey. I embrace… https://t.co/xhDqCsQ5XX
— Randy Couture (@Randy_Couture) February 12, 2016
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
My heart goes out to Kevin Randleman’s family. I had the pleasure to train, know & watch one of the pioneers of… https://t.co/GaoViq38F0
— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) February 12, 2016
— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) 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
So sad to hear of the passing of Kevin Randleman. I only met him a few times but he was a great man, and one of the true pioneers. R.I.P
— michael (@bisping) February 12, 2016
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) February 12, 2016
R.I.P. to Kevin Randleman. One of the all time great fighters and wrestlers in MMA.
— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) February 12, 2016
— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) February 12, 2016
RIP monster https://t.co/HoBFgVk5vG
— mark richard hunt (@markhunt1974) February 12, 2016
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) February 12, 2016
— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) February 12, 2016
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) February 12, 2016
Today would have been Evan Tanner’s birthday. And today we also lost the Monster. Time goes fast. Make the most of it.
— Jon Fitch (@jonfitchdotnet) February 12, 2016
RIP Kevin Randleman… Your smile, positive attitude & “Warrior Spirit” lit up every room & cage you walked into… TY for your friendship
— Bruce Buffer (@brucebuffer) February 12, 2016