Kevin Casey (fighter)
June 15, 1981 |
Inglewood, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||77.0 in (196 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Hawthorne, California|
Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Years active||2007–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Kevin Casey (born June 15, 1981 in Inglewood, California) is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Middleweight division of the UFC. He was a member on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen and also competed for Strikeforce.
Casey is a supporter of CHAMP, a non-profit organization founded by his brother Keith Casey that works to build the minds and bodies of inner city youth through mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Following his unsuccessful debut, Casey made his first North American MMA appearance in 2008. He defeated Andrew Flores and Jimmy Mills in July and October, respectively, before taking a year off from the sport.
In November 2009, Casey made his Strikeforce debut on one of their Strikeforce Challengers cards. He defeated Chad Vance by submission. He made his second appearance for the promotion on May 21, 2010. He lost to Matt Lindland via TKO in the third round.
The Ultimate Fighter
In January 2013, it was revealed that Casey was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. He won his preliminary bout over Eldon Sproat via rear naked choke. Casey was selected by Sonnen as his sixth pick (eleventh overall). In the next round, Casey was pitted against Jones' fifth pick Collin Hart. He lost the bout via unanimous decision.
Casey was then given a second chance when he was chosen as Team Sonnen's wildcard. He fought against Team Jones' Bubba McDaniel. Despite controlling the first round, Casey lost via TKO at the end of the second round when he was unable to answer the bell for the third round. Many people, including Dana White, were shocked Kevin could just quit like that. Casey attributed this to difficulties relating to acute renal failure from his drastic weight cut for his bout.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On April 9, 2013, it was announced that Casey would face fellow season 17 alumni Josh Samman at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round. Following the loss Casey was released from the promotion.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance
Following his release from the UFC, Casey signed with Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). He made his RFA debut on August 16, 2013 at RFA 9 against Casey Ryan. He won the fight by unanimous decision. He fought next on January 24th, 2014 against former UFC veteran Eddie Mendez. He won that fight via TKO (Elbows) in the first round.
Casey replaced Vinny Magalhães on 30 minutes notice at Metamoris 3, a submission-only jiu-jitsu competition, in Los Angeles on 29 March 2014. Casey was submitted by Keenan Cornelius via heel hook. In 2012, Casey himself had to pull out of a scheduled Metamoris competition, making his 2014 appearance his first participation with the organization.
Return to UFC
Following his championship win at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 15, Casey was resigned by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He faced Bubba Bush at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014. He won the fight via TKO early in the first round due to a punch that dropped his opponent and subsequent elbows on the ground.
Championships and achievements
- Resurrection Fighting Alliance
- RFA Middleweight Championship (One time, first)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||9 wins||3 losses|
|Win||9–3||Bubba Bush||TKO (elbows)||UFC 175||July 5, 2014||1||1:01||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–3||Andrew Sanchez||KO (punches)||RFA 15: Casey vs. Sanchez||June 6, 2014||1||2:30||Los Angeles, California, United States||Won the inaugural RFA Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||7–3||Eddie Mendez||TKO (elbows)||RFA 12: Ortega vs. Koch||January 24, 2014||1||3:38||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||6–3||Casey Ryan||Decision (unanimous)||RFA 9: Munhoz vs. Curran||August 6, 2013||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Josh Samman||TKO (knees)||The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale||April 13, 2013||2||2:17||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–2||Reggie Orr||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Samurai MMA Pro 2||April 15, 2012||1||2:53||Hollywood, California, United States|
|Win||4–2||Daniel Mancha||TKO (punches)||Samurai MMA Pro 2011||October 22, 2011||1||1:16||Culver City, California, United States|
|Loss||3–2||Matt Lindland||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey||May 21, 2010||3||3:41||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||3–1||Chad Vance||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears||November 20, 2009||1||1:41||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||2–1||Jimmy Mills||Submission (rear-naked choke)||EFA - Caged Fury||October 25, 2008||1||4:27||Monroe, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||1–1||Andrew Flores||Decision (unanimous)||Fist Series: SummerFist 2008||July 27, 2008||3||5:00||Irvine, California, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Ikuhisa Minowa||TKO (punches)||K-1 Hero's - Tournament Final||September 17, 2007||2||0:42||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Loss||1–2||Bubba McDaniel||TKO (corner stoppage)||TUF 17||March 19, 2013 (airdate)||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Wildcard fight|
|Loss||1–1||Collin Hart||Decision (unanimous)||TUF 17||February 12, 2013 (airdate)||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||1–0||Eldon Sproat||Submission (rear-naked choke)||TUF 17||January 22, 2013 (airdate)||1||N/A||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Preliminary round|
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- "TUF 17 Finale fight card". mmafighting.com. April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
- "Phil De Fries, Chris Spang and Five Others Released From The UFC". fighters.com. April 30, 2013.
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- Pagliuca, Chris (2014-03-29). "Metamoris 3: Bravo vs. Gracie Results". MMAnuts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
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