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|Born||January 6, 1962|
Buffalo, New York, United States
|Died||April 14, 2015 (aged 53)|
|Residence||Lancaster, New York, United States|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st)|
|Division||Heavyweight (Boxing and MMA) |
Super Heavyweight (Kickboxing)
|Reach||79 in (201 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tampa, Florida|
|Years active||1980-1999 (Kickboxing) |
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Kevin Rosier (January 6, 1962 – April 14, 2015) was an American kickboxer, boxer and mixed martial artist. He had much success as a kickboxer, winning a number of titles, but did not transition particularly well into the world of boxing and was mostly seen as a journeyman fighter. Notably, he also took part at the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship event in 1993 where he reached the semi-finals.
Kickboxing and boxing
Rosier spent the majority of his fighting career in kickboxing where he held a record of 66 wins, all by knockout, and 8 losses. He was also the 3x WKA World Super Heavyweight Champion and ISKA North American Super Heavyweight Champion. His kickboxing career began in the 1980s and his last bout came in 1999 when he lost to Mike Labree in a fight for the vacant IKF International Kickboxing Federation Pro Full Contact Rules Super Heavyweight World Title on May 15, 1999 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. At 26 seconds into round 10, LaBree caught Rosier with a short left to the head and Rosier went down to his knees and the bout was stopped.
He also had a 12-year career as a professional boxer in which he held a 7-17 record. He fought between 1989 and 2001 and came up against a number of high-profile opponents including Josué Blocus, Roman Bugaj, Tye Fields, Vincent Maddalone, Joe Mesi, Nikolai Valuev, Taurus Sykes and Paea Wolfgramm.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In 1993, with only 5 weeks notice, Rosier elicited the help of his former student World Kickboxing Champion A.J. Verel to coach and train him for UFC 1, the very first mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His first match in the tournament, the second in the card, pitted him against American Kenpo expert and two-time World Kickboxing Federation superheavyweight champion Zane Frazier.
Rosier opened the match knocking Frazier down with punches, knee strikes and an elbow strike to the turtled up Frazier's back, but his opponent recovered and went to exchange knee strikes with him in the clinch. At that moment, capitalizing on the lack of regulation about hair pulling and groin attacks, Frazier managed to take over by striking Rosier with a low blow and dragging him by the hair. The kenpo fighter dominated the fight with striking combinations both standing and on their knees, even breaking Rosier's jaw with a right hand. Some minutes later, however, Frazier slowed down due to exhaustion, allowing Rosier to recover and come back with several punches that put Frazier against the fence. Rosier then pushed him down to the mat and scored multiple punches and stomps to the back of the head until Frazier's corner threw the towel.
In the semifinals, Rosier came up against Dutch savate fighter Gerard Gordeau. The Dutchman targeted Rosier's knees with leg kicks and kept distance with him through jabbing. When Rosier was forced to cover down after a barrage of knees and elbows, Gordeau scored two stomps to the liver, prompting Rosier to tap on the mat, signalling his submission. Although eliminated from the tournament, Rosier praised Gordeau and expressed the desire to return.
After this, he continued to compete in MMA and next fought at UFC 4 where he lost via submission 14 seconds into his bout with "The Ghetto Man" Joe Charles. He competed five more time in MMA, losing four and winning one, and retired with a record of 2 wins and six losses.
After retiring from competition, Kevin suffered several bouts of illness (including open-heart surgery and a nearly fatal fall while already in intensive care). As of August 2013, Kevin was in stable health & reportedly residing in a retirement resort in Nashville.
In April 2015 Rosier died of an apparent heart attack.
Championships and awards
- 1994 WKKC (World Karate and Kickboxing Council) World Superheavyweight Champion
- 1990 WKA (World Karate Association) World Superheavyweight Champion (above the waist)
- 1990 ISKA (International Sport Karate Association) North American Superheavyweight Champion
- 3X WKA (World Kickboxing Association) World Superheavyweight Champion
- 1989 All-Japan World Champion
- 1987 United States Kung-Fu Karate National No-Rules Tournament Champion
66 wins (66 KOs), 8 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|8 matches||2 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||2–6||Brad Gabriel||TKO (punches)||IFC: Battleground 2000||January 22, 2000||1||1:12||Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||2–5||Joe Bramante||Submission (rear-naked choke)||IFC: Fighters Revenge||April 2, 1999||1||1:01||Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||1–5||Dan Severn||Submission||Cage Combat 1||December 8, 1998||1||1:00||Conesville, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||1–4||Dan Severn||TKO (knees)||Extreme Challenge 15||February 27, 1998||1||0:53||Muncie, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||1-3||Houston Dorr||Submission (guillotine choke)||IFC 2: Mayhem in Mississippi||August 23, 1996||1||11:10||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||1–2||Joe Charles||Submission (armbar)||UFC 4||December 16, 1994||1||0:14||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Gerard Gordeau||TKO (corner stoppage)||UFC 1||November 12, 1993||1||0:59||Denver, Colorado, United States||Semifinal bout.|
|Win||1–0||Zane Frazier||TKO (head stomps)||UFC 1||November 12, 1993||1||4:20||Denver, Colorado, United States||Quarterfinal bout.|
Professional boxing record
|Loss||7-17||Carlton Johnson||UD||6 (6), 3:00||01/12/2001||Chester, West Virginia, US|
|Loss||7-16||Josué Blocus||TKO||1 (?), N/A||09/12/2000||Villeurbanne, France|
|Loss||7-15||Tye Fields||TKO||1 (4), 1:37||28/04/2000||Mashantucket, Connecticut, US|
|Loss||7-14||Keith Govan||UD||4 (4), 3:00||06/04/2000||Worley, Idaho, US|
|Loss||7-13||Vinny Maddalone||PTS||6 (6), 3:00||14/03/2000||Yonkers, New York, US|
|Loss||7-12||Roman Bugaj||UD||4 (4), 3:00||02/03/2000||Rosemont, Illinois, US|
|Loss||7-11||Taurus Sykes||PTS||4 (4), 3:00||24/02/2000||New York, New York, US|
|Loss||7-10||Shannon Miller||UD||4 (4), 3:00||19/11/1999||Verona, New York, US|
|Loss||7-9||Brian Hollins||UD||4 (4), 3:00||17/09/1999||Buffalo, New York, US|
|Loss||7-8||Derrick Brown||PTS||4 (4), 3:00||11/06/1999||Verona, New York, US|
|Loss||7-7||Bradley Rone||PTS||4 (4), 3:00||03/06/1999||Mount Pleasant, Michigan, US|
|Win||7-6||Dave Slaughter||TKO||4 (6), 2:56||29/01/1999||Tampa, Florida, US|
|Win||6-6||Ed Gissendanner||TKO||1 (6), 1:55||27/11/1998||Tampa, Florida, US|
|Win||5-6||Tony Velasco||UD||8 (8), 3:00||30/10/1998||Tampa, Florida, US|
|Loss||4-6||Joe Mesi||TKO||2 (4), N/A||26/07/1998||Verona, New York, US|
|Loss||4-5||Paea Wolfgramm||TKO||1 (6), 1:12||16/01/1998||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|Loss||4-4||Nikolai Valuev||KO||1 (?), N/A||27/09/1997||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||4-3||Christer Markusas||TKO||2 (?), N/A||06/09/1997||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|Win||3-3||Jim Ellis||TKO||2 (?), N/A||27/08/1994||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, US|
|Win||2-3||Lee Moore||TKO||3 (?), N/A||12/11/1990||Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US|
|Loss||1-3||David Dixon||TKO||1 (?), N/A||07/04/1990||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||1-2||John Elacqua||TKO||2 (?), N/A||0/03/1989||Laughlin, Nevada, US|
|Loss||0-2||Curtis Jackson||PTS||4 (4), N/A||28/02/1989||Inglewood, California, US|
|Loss||0-1||Andrew Matthews||TKO||1 (?), N/A||14/01/1989||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
- UFC 1 DVD
- "Where Is He Now...IKF Takes A Look Back At KEVIN ROSIER".
- Don Beu, The Ultimate Fighting Championship: Jujutsu and Royce Gracie Reign Supreme at No-Holds-Barred Tournament, Black Belt magazine, March 1994
- Scott Newman (2005-07-06). "MMA Review: #50: UFC 1: The Beginning". The Oratory. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
- L. Jon Wertheim (January 5, 2010). Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 9780547347226.
- Marc Raimondi (2015-04-14). "UFC 1 veteran Kevin Rosier dead at age 53". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-04-14.