Meltzer's incredible tribute to Kevin Randleman

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  1. LongSlenderBody***

    LongSlenderBody*** Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. Banned

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    A Brilliant, thorough article from one of MMA's premiere journalitsts.

    http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/2/1...leman-as-both-unique-character-and-maybe-ufcs

    Some quotes:

    He was the second youngest boy in a family of 11 children.

    "For me, I wrestled, and it was definitely a vehicle for getting me out of bad situations which I would have been in," Randleman said

    Randleman described his entree into MMA in 1996.

    "I was sitting at home in Sandusky, Ohio, and I had my oldest son, Calvin, with me, and we were watching the WWE SummerSlam or something," he said. "Mark Coleman called me and asked me if I wanted to fight, and I said, `Nah, not really.’ And then he said, `$30,000.’ So I said, `Oh s***, who I go to kill?’ He said, `No, you just got to win three fights in one night.’ Well, that’s what we used to do in college. We fought a lot. It’s not like we fought on campus, but we would go off campus and I literally fought every weekend."

    He remained with UFC until early 2002. He dropped to light heavyweight, but was knocked out by Chuck Liddell. He won via decision over Renato "Babalu" Sobral in his last UFC fight.

    "Short and sweet, I was in jail," Randleman said the MixedMartialArts.com interview. "It was baby mama drama. She wasn’t a very good mother and I loved my boy. I was in jail because I told the judge off. I was never known for my patience. I think Dana White would have understood, but cell phones weren’t like they are now. When I got arrested, I had like two seconds. And then I was in jail for 35 days. I didn’t have any numbers whatsoever and none of my people had any numbers. When I got back, I called Mark (Coleman) and Mark said that I got released."

    "Behind the man was a gentle soul and loyal friend who will be missed by many and who loved him behind the cage," said his wife Elizabeth Broglia in a statement. "The Ohio State University, UFC, MMA and Sandusky, Ohio communities share in the loss of Kevin’s passing. Life without The Monster will never be the same."
     
  2. BlueMerle

    BlueMerle Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    He is in a better place now, trust and believe.

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    RondaDrowsy Banned Banned

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    I met Randleman back in 09 when he lost to whitehead, he was a nice guy. Rip
     
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    Dead Kennedy Don't steal, the government hates competition

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    Hopefully the UFC has a moment of silence or some kind of tribute planned at their next event. But knowing Dana and Co. Probably not.
     
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    Hans Gercmiov Steel Belt

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    He was mostly a little before my time, but all his old fights I've seen he looked like a beast. Way too young to go.
     
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    RIP Randleman
     
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    chunglii No Me Duele Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    "Randleman posted a 111-7-3 record as a Buckeye, a record that included scoring four of the ten fastest pins in school history."

    What in the holy fuck... Apparently, one of those pins is 8 seconds!
     
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    Nice piece.

     
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  9. I'd like to believe he's dropping an angel on it's head as we speak :rolleyes:
     
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  10. Giblert

    Giblert I'm still not surprised Platinum Member

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    This all day!

    RIP Monster
     
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    rest in peace hope his family is doing well
     
  12. Jermei

    Jermei Steel Belt Platinum Member

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    Not happening. Shane Del Rosario didn't get a tribute and neither will Randleman.
     
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    Kevin is a pioneer and a UFC champ.
     
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    Jermei Steel Belt Platinum Member

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    I know, and you won't see jack shit at the next event remembering Kevin Randleman.
     
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    Dude is responsible for two of my personal most memorable moments in MMA history: KOing MIrko and of course the Randleplex

    RIP Monster
     
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    Phronimos The truth don't have to be validated by ignorance.

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    How can you not have been a fan of this guy. He seemed like a great guy all around and was fun to watch.
     
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    Meltzer is the OG off MMa media. I really like that guy. Such a nice tribute for a deserving Monster!
    What has touched me, is the amazing support that the MMA community has come out to voice their support and prayers for Kevin and the Randelman family. That;'s why MMA has the best athletes among sports!
     
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    in '08 he came to our FOB in Iraq as part of a USO tour thing.. my FOB was on the edge of Sadr city in east Baghdad, most USO people didn't go there. I wasn't a fan of his at the time because I hadn't watched the pride collection yet so I didn't bother getting my ass out of my bunk to go shake his hand like everybody else. My best friend met him and said he was awesome and got to buddy around with him a bit. A month later I saw the dvds of him suplexing Fedor and Koing crocop and I was super pissed I missed out... and even more-so now, god bless the guy and his family
     

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