July 16, 1966 |
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||104.3 kg (230 lb; 16.42 st)|
|Style||American Kenpo Karate, Kickboxing|
|Fighting out of||North Hollywood, California, United States|
|Rank||American Kenpo4th degree black belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Zane Frazier (born July 16, 1966) is an American former karateka, kickboxer and mixed martial artist who competed in the heavyweight division. After a successful career in karate during the 1980s in which he won numerous international accolades, Frazier then turned his hand to kickboxing and became a United States and North American champion. After taking part at the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship event in 1993, he would continue his career in MMA until retiring in 2008.
Zane Frazier grew up in a Crips infested neighbourhood in Los Angeles, California and began training in martial arts in 1972 after seeing the film Fist of Fury. In addition to his martial arts career, he also played basketball for the Idaho Vandals at the University of Idaho and later tried out for the New Jersey Jets.
Zane Frazier attained the rank of fourth degree black belt in American Kenpo karate and was the winner of the California, United States and North American karate championships in 1984 before becoming the international karate champion in 1987 and again in 1990. After making the transition to kickboxing, he won the World Kickboxing Federation (WKF) United States super heavyweight title in 1993.
On November 12, 1993, Frazier compteted at UFC 1, a no-holds-barred fighting tournament and the very first mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He reportedly earned his place in the tournament by beating up Frank Dux in a street fight which was witnessed by UFC founders Rorion Gracie and Art Davie. Gracie and Davie had come to Los Angeles to scout the U.S. karate championships for potential fighters but saw Frazier and Dux's brawl beforehand. Frazier claims that he had been teaching classes for Dux and that Dux hadn't paid him; Dux disputes that account and says that Frazier sucker punched him while wearing brass knuckles. In the UFC 1 tournament quarter-finals, he faced fellow kickboxer Kevin Rosier in what turned out to be a sloppy brawl. The match ended with Rosier clubbing Frazier to the floor with a series of blows to the back of the head, then stomping on him before Frazier's corner threw in the towel. Frazier suffered respiratory failure and was rushed to hospital after the fight.
He returned to kickboxing the following year to win the WKF North American Super Heavyweight Championship but took his second MMA bout in September 1995 when he fought at Shooto: Vale Tudo Perception in Tokyo, Japan, knocking out Kendo Nagasaki thirty-six seconds into the fight. Having amassed a 17-0 kickboxing record in the United States, Frazier made his K-1 debut at K-1 Hercules in Nagoya, Japan on December 9, 1995 against Takeru and suffered his first defeat at the hands of the Seido karate stylist as he succumbed to a barrage of knees and punches in round two.
Frazier then made his way back to the UFC in May 1996 at UFC 9 and was defeated via technical knockout by Cal Worsham three minutes into the fight. In his second and last outing in K-1, he went up against Nobuaki Kakuda at K-1 Revenge '96 in Osaka, Japan on September 1, 1996. Despite having a massive size advantage, Frazier was knocked down with a low kick in round four and lost by unanimous decision.
Following this, Frazier continued his career in MMA and in his next fight against Sidney "Mestre Hulk" Gonçalves Freitas in Brazil, he was knocked out after falling from the ring and hitting his head on the floor. After this, he continued to fight throughout the 1990s and 2000s and recorded mostly losses. His final fight came in January 2008 and he was knocked out by Richard Blake.
Championships and awards
- California Karate Championships
- California Karate Championship (1991)
- California Karate Championship (1992)
- International Karate Championships
- International Karate Championship (1987)
- International Karate Championship (1990)
- North American Karate Championships
- North American Heavyweight Karate Championship (1984)
- North Western Karate Championships
- North Western Karate Championship (1984)
- USA Karate Championships
- USA Heavyweight Karate Championship (1984)
- World Kickboxing Federation
- WKF United States Super Heavyweight Championship
- WKF North American Super Heavyweight Championship
Mixed martial arts
- Worldwide Fighting Championship
- WFC Heavyweight Championship
17 wins (? KOs), 2 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||4 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||4-11||Richard Blake||KO (punches)||NoLimit Fighting: Heavy Hands||January 26, 2008||1||1:56||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||4-10||Melville Calabaca||TKO (punches)||WFC: Fight Club||November 5, 2005||1||0:43||Loveland, Colorado, United States||Wins the WFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||3-10||Ron Rumpf||KO (punches)||WFC: Clash of the Titans||September 24, 2005||1||1:15||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||2-10||Aaron Brink||TKO (punches)||WEC 3||June 7, 2002||1||1:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||2-9||Mark Smith||TKO (punches)||Ultimate Pankration 1||November 11, 2001||1||1:33||Cabazon, California, United States|
|Win||2-8||Giant Ochiai||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 10 - Critical Mass||August 4, 2001||1||7:00||California, United States|
|Loss||1-8||Bobby Hoffman||Submission (armbar)||Rings USA: Battle of Champions||March 17, 2001||1||1:34||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||1-7||Jason Godsey||Submission (rear naked choke)||Extreme Challenge 23||April 2, 1999||1||0:45||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||1-6||Dick Vrij||KO (punch)||Rings Holland: Judgement Day||February 7, 1999||1||2:34||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||1-5||Vasily Kudin||Submission (punches)||1st Absolute Fighting World Cup Pankration||November 12, 1997||1||6:31||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Loss||1-4||Wes Gassaway||Submission (punches)||IFC 4: Akwesasane||March 28, 1997||1||2:26||Hogansburg, New York, United States|
|Loss||1-3||Mestre Hulk||KO (frazier hit head on floor outside the ring)||World Vale Tudo Championship 3||January 19, 1997||1||2:00||Brazil|
|Loss||1-2||Cal Worsham||TKO (punches)||UFC 9||May 17, 1996||1||3:14||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||1-1||Kendo Nagasaki||KO (punch)||Shooto: Vale Tudo Perception||September 26, 1995||1||0:36||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0-1||Kevin Rosier||TKO (punches and stomps)||UFC 1||November 12, 1993||1||4:20||Denver, Colorado, United States||UFC 1 tournament quarter-final.|
- Zane Frazier on UFC.com
- K-1Sport profile
- Professional MMA record for Zane Frazier from Sherdog
- Zane Frazier at the Internet Movie Database