ByStephen Adamson, writer at Creators.co
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Stephen Adamson

This is truly tragic.

Former UFC heavyweight champion and early pioneer for the sport of MMA Kevin Randleman has reportedly passed away Thursday night, suffering from heart failure after being hospitalized for pneumonia.

The first person to break the news was Jeremy Botter from Bleacher Report.

He was nicknamed "The Monster" and rose to prominence as a massive star at Ohio State University, which is where he nabbed two national championships in wrestling and was a three-time All-American even though he missed the entirety of his senior season.

Blessed with tremendous physical gifts, Randleman transitioned into MMA in 1996 and immediately found success. Under the tutelage of Mark Coleman, Randleman won 12 of his first 15 fights, culminating in a back-to-back victories over Pete Williams and Pedro Rizzo to capture and defend the UFC heavyweight title.

Randleman has three children and a loving wife. We should all pray for them and keep them in our thoughts.

We lost a great one...

(Via: MMAFighting)