|Born||Kevin Michael Croom|
July 15, 1987
Columbia, Missouri, United States
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Team||Glory MMA & Fitness|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
Croom has fought for multiple MMA promotions during his professional MMA career, including Legacy Fighting Alliance and Bellator MMA. Croom has 16 stoppages in his total of 21 professional victories.
In the fight before getting a UFC contract, Croom faced Anderson Hutchinson, who was later in September arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old female boxing student, on August 14, 2020, at Fighting Alliance Championship 3 for the FAC Featherweight Championship. Croom won the championship fight via unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Croom, replacing Giga Chikadze as an COVID replacement, was scheduled to face Alex Caceres on August 29, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakić The following day, Croom was removed after also testing positive for COVID and replaced by fellow newcomer Austin Springer.
Croom made his UFC debut, as an injury fill in for Matt Frevola, against Roosevelt Roberts on September 12, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill. Croom won the fight via a guillotine choke in round one. This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award. After the fight, Croom said on Twitter that he had only $64 in his bank account before the fight.
On November 4, it was announced by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) that the fight with Roosevelt Roberts would be overturned to a no contest, after Croom tested positive for marijuana. Croom was suspended for 4 1⁄2 months and had to pay a fine of $1,800.
In May 2022, it was reported that Croom was released from UFC.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fighting Alliance Championship
- FAC Featherweight Championship (One Time)
- Shamrock Fighting Championships
- SFC Bantamweight Championship (One Time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|37 matches||21 wins||15 losses|
|Loss||21–15 (1)||Alateng Heili||TKO (punches)||UFC on ESPN: Luque vs. Muhammad 2||April 16, 2022||1||0:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Bantamweight.|
|Loss||21–14 (1)||Brian Kelleher||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Chikadze||January 15, 2022||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||21–13 (1)||Alex Caceres||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane||February 27, 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|NC||21–12 (1)||Roosevelt Roberts||NC (overturned)||UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill||September 12, 2020||1||0:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lightweight bout. Performance of the Night. Originally a submission (guillotine choke) win for Croom; overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.|
|Win||21–12||Anderson Hutchinson||Decision (unanimous)||Fighting Alliance Championship 3||August 14, 2020||5||5:00||Independence, Missouri, United States||Won the FAC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||20–12||Adil Benjilany||Decision (split)||Bellator 239||February 21, 2020||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||19–12||Charles Bennett||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fighting Alliance Championship 1||August 24, 2019||1||2:15||Independence, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||18–12||John Macapá||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 218||March 22, 2019||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||18–11||Kamuela Kirk||Submission (triangle choke)||LFA 53||November 9, 2018||1||3:54||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||18–10||Darrick Minner||TKO (elbows)||LFA 48||September 7, 2018||2||2:10||Kearney, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||17–10||Nate Jennerman||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||LFA 41||June 1, 2018||1||0:48||Prior Lake, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||17–9||CJay Hunter||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KC Fighting Alliance 27||February 17, 2018||3||1:16||Independence, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||16–9||Matt Bessette||TKO (punches and kicks)||CES 41: Bessette vs. Croom||January 27, 2017||3||0:32||Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States||For the CES Featherweight Championship.|
|Loss||16–8||Tatsuya Ando||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto Pacific Rim Double Championship||November 12, 2016||2||3:13||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||16–7||Lenny Wheeler||TKO (punches)||Triumph FC 1||April 22, 2016||1||0:26||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||15–7||Rasul Mirzaev||TKO (punches)||Fight Nights Global 41: Dagestan||September 25, 2015||2||3:16||Kaspiysk, Russia||Return to Featherweight.|
|Win||15–6||Jacob Akin||KO (punch)||Shamrock FC: Shock||January 17, 2015||1||2:13||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Won the vacant SFC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||14–6||Jesse Brock||Decision (split)||MFC 40||May 9, 2014||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||14–5||Bryan Goldsby||Decision (unanimous)||Titan FC 27||February 28, 2014||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Bantamweight debut; Croom missed weight (137 lb).|
|Win||13–5||Aslan Toktarbaev||TKO (corner stoppage)||Alash Pride: Great Battle 2||December 19, 2013||1||2:55||Almaty, Kazakhstan|
|Win||12–5||Deryck Ripley||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Time Production||November 22, 2013||1||3:23||Columbia, Missouri, United States|
|Win||11–5||Dustin Phillips||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Titan FC 26||August 30, 2013||1||1:45||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||10–5||Javier Lujan||TKO (retirement)||World MMA Council: Mexican Standoff||May 25, 2013||1||3:30||Ciudad Juárez, Mexico|
|Win||9–5||Adam Rider||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Time Production||May 3, 2013||1||1:16||Columbia, Missouri, United States|
|Win||8–5||Brian Pearman||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Tommy Tran Promotions||April 6, 2013||1||3:03||Springfield, Missouri, United States|
|Win||7–5||Brian Davidson||TKO (punches)||RFA 6: Krause vs. Imada 2||January 18, 2013||1||0:42||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Catchweight (140 lb) bout.|
|Win||6–5||Nate Murdock||Decision (unanimous)||Tommy Tran Promotions||November 17, 2012||3||5:00||Branson, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||5–5||Yaotzin Meza||Decision (unanimous)||Rage in the Cage 163||October 20, 2012||3||5:00||Chandler, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||5–4||Ramiro Hernandez||Decision (split)||Titan FC 21||March 2, 2012||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||5–3||Rodrigo Sotelo||Decision (unanimous)||Sun City Battle 2||October 1, 2011||3||3:00||El Paso, Texas, United States|
|Loss||4–3||Justin Gaethje||KO (slam)||ROF 41: Bragging Rights||August 20, 2011||1||1:01||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Catchweight (159 lb) bout.|
|Win||4–2||J.R. Sotelo||Submission (triangle choke)||Sun City Battle 1||July 9, 2011||1||0:16||El Paso, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–2||Brian Davidson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 26||August 26, 2010||2||3:22||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||2–2||Kody Frank||Submission (triangle choke)||Friday Night Fight Night||November 6, 2009||2||4:05||Sedalia, Missouri, United States|
|Win||1–2||Eddie Granado||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Midwest Fight League||June 26, 2009||1||4:52||Boonville, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||0–2||Willie Mack||KO (punch)||Warfare Xtreme Cagefighting: Caged Controversy||May 2, 2009||1||0:37||Sedalia, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Jose Vega||Submission||Hulett Productions: First Blood||February 7, 2009||2||2:22||Sedalia, Missouri, United States|
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