Awesome/touching Randleman anecdote (goes to 13yo fan's birthday)

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  1. BLIND

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    This is straight from reddit. A buddy sent this to me and I had to share it. If it's already in another thread, that's fine. This story deserves to be singled out.


    "Mr. Randleman impacted my life when I was around 12 years old. There was a DVD put out by Pride Fighting Championships called "Best Knockouts Vol.1," which my brother and I used to watch religiously and attempt to recreate far more times than my parents had wished. We loved watching Kevin Randleman body slam Fedor Emelianenko on his head over and over again. The film also showcased many other highlights from "The Monster's" career.

    After a club baseball game in Las Vegas, I noticed this HUGE human being in the parking lot who had just finished a softball game from one of the other fields with bleach blonde hair. How many other black guys do you know that dye their hair platinum blonde?! Immediately, I was starstruck. I knew it was Kevin. The man I had idolized through a DVD was hanging out at a sports park that I have played at countless times.

    I told my parents as they walked on to the car that I would be back, I wanted to introduce myself to this hero of mine. I walked up to his car, put my hand on his shoulder and said "Excuse me Mr. Randleman may I shake your hand? My name is Alex Ayers and me and my brother love to watch you fight." Insert a couple of stammers and stutters in that quote and you get the point. Mr. Randleman didn't blink an eye, he turned the formal handshake into a hug and invited me, a 12 year old in a baseball uniform, to hang out with him and his friends for a little. I told him that my parents were waiting on me, so Kevin waved mom, dad and Quinn over to come hang out as well. This is a Pride Fighting Champion we're talking about. Kevin introduced himself to my whole family and afterward he gave me his number and told me to reach out to him whenever I needed anything.

    It was hands-down one of the best nights of my life and I told everyone at school the next couple of weeks/months/years that I knew Kevin Randleman regardless of whether they knew of him or not. A couple of months later, my brother was having a birthday party and we were going to order the UFC fights. I texted Mr. Randleman and asked if he was busy that weekend and invited him to the party. Mr. Randleman replied to me within minutes, "I'm training for most of the day, but I'll be there." Is this real life? Did I really text Kevin Randleman and did he really say that he'll come to my little brother's birthday party?! Quinn's birthday arrives and I get a call later in the night: "Yo Alex! It's Kevin, how do I get to your house my dude? I'm lost." There I was, at 13 years old, telling Pride Fighting Champion Kevin Randleman directions to get to my house over the phone.

    Kevin came to the house with an autographed Kevin Randleman action figure for my brother. How cool is that?! He stuck around the party for about an hour or two, taking pictures with everybody, showing off his tattoos, telling stories and letting us younger ones arm wrestle him as well as ask him questions about his keys to success. I remember he said, "Stay on the straight line. My whole life I've had people, places and things attempt to bring me down and attempt to take me off of my path. Stay on the straight line, have standards for yourself and always associate with those that will make you better." Mr. Kevin Randleman was an amazing fighter, an unconventional friend of mine and my role model. He chose to nurture a relationship with me when I knew he could have been doing many other things with his life. He was a father, a husband and truly inspiring person."
     
  2. DIRTYCOP

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    much respect.....rip beast
     
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    Great read, thanx for sharing!
     
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    Seems like every time I read something about him my 2 year old nephew has to hand me some tissue and he says here bitch your crying like a bitch. This is best story yet and no doubt in my mind as well as its told its true.
     
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    My heart goes out to Kevin's family.
     
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    What a great guy. Thanks for sharing that story.
     
  7. KhabibTheBeagle

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    What an absolute class-act. I never knew about this before, but that is one of the kindest acts a role-model can do for their fans.

    Rest in piece, Kevin. You may have been "The Monster," but you were never a monster.
     
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    Yeah man. Ive always been a big Monster fan. I even made an appreciation thread a year or two back. It's just so refreshing to hear a story like this. Shows kindness and tenderness in the heart of one of the most intimidating figures in the sport. Randleman really is inspiring in many ways.

    Never met the guy but I love him for always stirring me up inside. He said in an interview that he was working on an autobiography; I really hope that we get a chance to read some of it at some point
     
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    Damn. Very kind gesture on Randleman's behalf!
     
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    If I liked Kevin before, I like him even better now. Rest in peace Monster.
     
  11. GranNaniwa

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    Amazing story, thank you for sharing this.
     
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    top bloke.
     
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    Great story for sharing...
    A great athlete and an even greater human being.
    RIP Monster, you will not be forgotten.
     
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    Pics of the action figure or im calling a work here
     
  15. kenetics

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    Ya I met Kevin at the affliction show where fedor almost killed arvloski. I tried to shake his hand and he said " Give me a fukin hug." I'm actually tearing up. RIP Kevin.
     
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    What a guy Kevin was. Will be missed
     
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    Hilarious.
    Thanks for the post.
     
  18. Natty Dread

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    Thanks for sharing. What a great guy. Feel bad for his family with him dieing at such a young age. RIP
     
  19. TIMELESS TRUTH

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    What an absolutely great story and thread!
     
  20. YourfatherII

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    Thank you so much for sharing this touching post. Wow, I got goosebumps reading. That was an awesome, kind thing for him to do. What an awesome dude! Rip Monster! Not many people can say they were UFC heavyweight champion.
     

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