During the yesterdays World Victory Road (WVR) event, the promotion announced the signing of Kevin Randleman and ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) 2007 superfight champion Roger Gracie to its lineup of fighters. The two are scheduled to make their first appearance at the promotions next event WVR 2 on May 15th.
Randleman has also announced in a interview with MMAWeekly, that he is also signed up to fight UFC veteran Jeff Monson at Global Fighting Championships next event on June 21 in North Carolina.
“As of right now, I am fighting Jeff Monson, June 21 in North Carolina in Bobcat Arena…..My first fight is going to be May 18 in the new Japanese organization, it is not Pride, (but) World Victory Road”
Kevin Randleman a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and two-time NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion, has not fought since losing in PRIDE to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by submission back in 2006.
Randleman career has been plagued with health and legal troubles. He was suspended in 2007 following his fight with Rua by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for submitting a non-human sample of Urine to the commission. He was also arrested for DUI in August of 2007. Apparently he was high on cocaine and tried to intimidate an officer.
Randleman health has been a problem throughout his career, his most recent issue had him hospitalized with a sick case of staph that left him with an open chest cavity.
Even with all his troubles, Randleman is a super athletic energetic fighter, who always puts on a good show, a good pickup for WVR.