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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kevin Randleman, a two-time national champion wrestler for Ohio State, has been named to the UFC Hall of Fame Class for 2020. He followed up three Big Ten crowns donning a Buckeye singlet by accumulating 17 mixed martial arts victories and capturing the UFC heavyweight title.
“Kevin Randleman was one of the first real athletes in the early days of UFC,” Dana White, UFC President, said. “He was a two-time NCAA Division I National Champion and All-American wrestler at The Ohio State University. He was the fifth heavyweight champion in UFC history and one of the first athletes to successfully compete at both heavyweight and light heavyweight. He was a pioneer of the sport and it’s an honor to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2020.”
Randleman will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as the 17th member of the Pioneer Era wing. The Pioneers Era category includes athletes who turned professional before November 17, 2000 (when the unified rules of mixed martial arts were adopted), are a minimum age of 35, or have been retired for one year or more.
As a Buckeye he compiled an overall record of 108-7-3 with 28 pins, both slotted top-10 in school history. He won back-to-back NCAA titles in 1992 and 1993 at 177 pounds after reaching the 167-pound finals as a redshirt freshman in 1991.
Fellow OSU wrestler and dear friend of Randleman, Mark Coleman, has inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2008.