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A light heavyweight bout between Kevin
Randleman and Roger
Gracie scheduled for Strikeforce
“Heavy Artillery” on May 15 at the Scottrade Center in St.
Louis, Mo., is in jeopardy, Sherdog.com has learned.
“I’m sick and I think I might have a little bit of a staph
infection,” an aggravated Randleman told Sherdog.com on Tuesday.
“They might have to replace me.”
Randleman said his physician would tell him on Wednesday if he is
healthy enough to fight in 11 days. The former UFC champion, who
was hospitalized for a lung infection in 2006 and a staph infection
in 2007 that required surgery, said the illness has made it
difficult for him to train and eat.
The 38-year-old Pride Fighting Championships veteran trains in four
gyms in Las Vegas, he said, but doesn’t blame the facilities for
his current state.
“I’ve trained for Gracie for 14 weeks, and I might get taken out by
some nasty a-- people who can’t wash their butts, their feet,” said
Randleman. “I’m livid. I take six showers every day. I’m anal about
cleanliness. I take a shower before I get into bed with my wife. If
I wake up in the middle of the night and I’m sweaty, I take a
Randleman said that if he is forced to withdraw from the bout, he
will also consider retirement. Still recognized as one of the most
explosive athletes to ever enter the sport, the former Ohio State
University wrestler has gone 1-2 since returning from his ailments
to MMA in 2008.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told Sherdog.com late Tuesday that if
Randleman is deemed unfit to fight next week, the promotion would
look to find a replacement to face Gracie, the world-decorated
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.
The 6-foot-4 Gracie is 2-0 in MMA. The 28-year-old fighter
submitted UFC veteran Ron Waterman
at a Bodog Fight event in December 2006 and longtime Pancrase star
Kondo at a Sengoku event in May 2008.