When Kevin Randleman signed with Strikeforce, he got on the mic all full of piss and vinegar and said he’d fight anyone, anywhere. Scott Coker mistook that for meaning he’d happily agree to get squashed by the relatively unknown but seriously badass Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Funny enough, that didn’t seem to appeal to Randleman. So a less violent opponent has been secured:
Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman will make his promotional debut against Mike Whitehead at Strikeforce “Lawler vs. Shields” on June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz made Sherdog.com aware of the matchup on Thursday.
Whitehead (23-6), meanwhile, has posted 14 wins in 15 fights dating back to his unanimous decision loss to Keith Jardine at UFC 57. The 27-year-old last appeared in October, when he submitted Leo Pla with a first-round guillotine choke at an M-1 Challenge event. He counts victories against Ben Rothwell, Mark Kerr and Krzysztof Soszynski among his 23 career conquests. Whitehead has never been submitted and has not been finished since his technical knockout loss to Brandon Vera at WEC 13 in January 2005.
Don’t be fooled by his decent resume, Whitehead is the textbook definition of journeyman and is a much safer opponent. While it sucks that we’re now gonna have to watch a three round wrestling fest instead of an awesome slaughter, I still can’t hold ducking Feijao against Randleman. Remember this time two years ago when we were talking about Kevin’s organs shutting down? Yeah.