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MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: Report - Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman passes away

Report: Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman dead at 44 Per Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter, former UFC/PRIDE heavyweight Kevin Randleman has passed away at 44-years of age. According to the report, Randleman went to the hospital with pneumonia before suffering heart failure. Randleman (17-16) fought in the “Road to the Heavyweight Title” tournament and earned a win over former heavyweight champion Maurice Smith. He ended up losing to Bas Rutten in the finals at UFC 20, which was very controversial. He later won the vacant title at UFC 23 by defeating Pete Williams by Unanimous Decision. He later competed in PRIDE and is perhaps best known for upsetting Mirko Filipovic at Pride Total Elimination in 2004. From there he went 3-11 in competition before retiring in 2011. MMAOddsBreaker.com would like to send out our condolences to his family   Kendall Grove vs. Francisco France added to Bellator 150 Bellator announced Thursday that a middleweight fight between Kendall Grove and Francisco France has been added to complete the main card of Bellator 150. Grove (22-15) has alternated between wins and loses and is coming off a third round TKO victory over Joey Beltran at Bellator 143. France (13-3-1) is riding a five-fight win streak and won his Bellator debut in his last fight defeating Ben Reiter via rear-naked choke. Bellator 150 takes place in Mulvane, Kan. on Feb. 26. Marcos Galvao defends bantamweight title against Eduardo Dantas in a rematch, in the main event.   Bellator signs three female fighters Bellator announced Thursday that the promotion has signed Brazilian fighters Bruna Ellen, Bruna Vargas and Kenya Miranda to exclusive, multi-fight deals. Ellen (2-0) is considered one of the top Brazilian prospects at just 19-years of age. Vargas (2-0) left the upcoming XFC strawweight tournament in order to sign with Bellator. Miranda (2-2) is 27-years old and has a submission and knockout vicotry under her belt. Bellator has yet to announce when they will make their promotional debuts.  

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Covering Mixed Martial Arts since 2008, James hosts "The Parting Shot" and is a journalist, Video Editor and Social Media Manager for MMAOddsBreaker.com. He's also an MMA journalist Sportsnet.ca and FloCombat.com. Like talking MMA? Follow him on Twitter @LynchOnSports

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