Kevin Randleman Talks MMA Future, ‘Men in Black 3’ Role

By Ray Hui

Former UFC heavyweight champ Kevin Randleman admits hasty returns to the cage have been a detriment to his fighting career.

Randleman, who recently completed a small role in the upcoming Men in Black 3 film, tells MMAFighting.com he’s back in the gym training, but won’t be rushing into his next fight. Taking time out after the shoot to reevaluate his career, Randleman came to realize he hasn’t been allowing himself to recover from injuries.

“Any fighter will tell you that the hardest thing to do is wait to heal but I have learned my lesson — the hard way unfortunately — and I did way more harm than good for myself pushing too much too soon,” Randleman said. “I also realized that when I would get in the cage that getting hurt was something that was always in the back of my mind because I knew I wasn’t 100 percent. I just tried to talk myself into it — because I wanted to fight so bad.”

Randleman hasn’t signed any deals yet but would like to compete again in the spring.

“There are some options on the table, which I feel very lucky to have, but I am not rushing,” Randleman said. “I started training solid after the new year and I will continue to train as if I had a fight In March or April so that once I lock something in I will already be primed and ready for a solid camp.”

Training out of the TapouT gym in Las Vegas with Shawn Tompkins, Randleman will look to find success through consistency.

“I have always trained hard and had some great training partners over the years,” said Randleman, who believes through the years he was missing the “team” factor. “But it is different when you get to roll around with the same crew night after night and help your teammates get victories and watch them grow because of you being there every night.

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