Style over Substance? Strikeforce Signs Randleman

Written by Tom Ngo
April 13th, 2009

During Saturday night’s “Shamrock vs. Diaz” post-fight press conference, it was announced that MMA veteran Kevin Randleman has just signed a contract with Strikeforce, and he is ready for action.

“Thank you very much for the opportunity to come back and show everybody that I’m not done yet,” Randleman said. “Far from it.”

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker did not elaborate on Randleman’s new deal, but did say that he intends to put the charismatic fighter to work immediately.

“Kevin is back, and we’re happy to have him as part of the Strikeforce/Showtime family,” Coker stated. “We’re going to put him in action right away. Right away.”

The 36-year-old Randleman, who has fought at light heavyweight and heavyweight in the past, is eager to prove to the MMA world that he still has many more quality fights left in him.

“Now that I’m here, understand this – it comes from the heart,” Randleman said. “I’ll fight anybody, anywhere. When Scott (Coker) says it’s time to get down and dirty, understand this: I’m not coming to lose, and I’m not coming to back up.”

Strikeforce’s next two major events are rumored to be taking this summer, but Coker didn’t confirm that Randleman would enter the cage on either of those nights.

“We have an announcement soon, so you’ll have to wait until next week,” Coker said. “But we’re going to try and put him in the rotation right away. There’s going to be some great fights in the future for Kevin, and we’re excited.”

Randleman was suspended indefinitely by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after he failed a 2006 drug test following his PrideFC bout against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. It was reported that he submitted to the Commission a urine sample that could have only come from a dead human or an animal.

Coker said that the NSAC has already given Strikeforce the thumbs up to employ Randleman.

“I talked with Nevada state, and [Randleman] is cleared to go,” Coker said. “So we’re good to go.”

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