Shane del Rosario

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Shane del Rosario
BornShane Kalani del Rosario
(1983-09-23)September 23, 1983
Hacienda Heights, California, United States
DiedDecember 9, 2013(2013-12-09) (aged 30)
Newport Beach, California, United States
Nickname(s)No Limits
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)
Reach78 in (198 cm)
StyleKickboxing, BJJ
Fighting out ofIrvine, California
TeamTeam Oyama
Team DeathClutch
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2006–2013 (MMA)
2006–2008 (Kickboxing)
Kickboxing record
By knockout8
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission3
By knockout2
Amateur Muay Thai record
Other information
Notable school(s)University of California, Irvine
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Shane Kalani del Rosario (September 23, 1983 – December 9, 2013) was an American professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Heavyweight division, Strikeforce, M-1 Global, ShoXC, and King of the Cage. He held the distinction of being the first American to become the WBC Muay Thai World Heavyweight Champion.

Early life[edit]

Del Rosario was born and raised in Orange County, California, and was half-Filipino American.[1] He started training as a fighter at the age of 17 with Marco Ruas. Del Rosario then attended and graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in psychology out of UC Irvine.

Kickboxing career[edit]

Del Rosario competed as a Heavyweight in Muay Thai on the World Championship Kickboxing series of kickboxing events and In Sync Productions Inc.

On November 9, 2006, Shane Del Rosario fought Tyler Grear. After surviving a spinning backfist that stunned him in round one, Del Rosario dropped Grear with a power punch early in round two. Grear could not beat the referee's 10-count as Del Rosario was declared the winner by knockout at 16 seconds of the second round.[2]

After defeating Justin Carver by first-round knockout on January 11, 2007, Shane then fought reigning WBC Muay Thai International Heavyweight Champion Ricardo van den Bos for the vacant WBC Muay Thai World Heavyweight Championship. Del Rosario dominated van den Bos throughout the majority of the bout. After dropping van den Bos twice in round number two, Del Rosario landed a knee that finished Ricardo van den Bos at the last second of the round. He was then declared the winner by knockout at 3:00 of round two and the new WBC Muay Thai World Heavyweight Champion. He would also become the first American to have won the WBC Muay Thai World Heavyweight title.[3]

Del Rosario's first career loss came in his first title defense against Dutch kickboxer Ginty Vrede. Going into the bout as the fan favorite, he appeared to hurt Vrede in the opening round. Vrede came back with a powerful hook that stunned del Rosario and forced a standing eight-count by referee Steve Mazzagatti. After beating the count, del Rosario was dropped by an immediate high kick. The referee stopped the fight at 2:24 of the first round and declared Vrede the new WBC Muay Thai World Heavyweight Champion.[4]

Following Vrede's death, the WBC World Heavyweight Championship was vacated. Del Rosario then knocked out Mexican kickboxer Ricardo Romero at 1:20 in the second round on July 26, 2008 to win the title for a second time.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Shane del Rosario transitioned into mixed martial arts in 2006 when he made his debut for mixed martial arts promotion King of the Cage. He then competed for notable promotions including EliteXC, M-1 Global and Strikeforce.


Shane del Rosario defeated Brandon Cash in his Strikeforce debut. He was expected to face Bobby Lashley at Strikeforce: Miami, but the bout never materialized. He was then expected to meet Ron Sparks at Strikeforce: Los Angeles on June 16, but that bout also never happened. Shane won against Lolohea Mahe by way of TKO on July 23, 2010 at Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe.[6] After the bout, Shane expressed his desire to fight former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.[7]

On February 12, 2011, Del Rosario competed in an alternate bout for Strikeforce's World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament. He faced Lavar Johnson and won the bout with an armbar submission in the closing minute of the first round to earn the first reserve spot in the tournament.

He was to face Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum, but was involved in a car accident in which a drunk woman hit his car from the back. As a result, from the accident, he suffered a herniated disc which kept him from training as well as forcing him to withdraw from the bout.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Del Rosario's manager Jason House announced that he had signed to the UFC to compete in the Heavyweight division, starting in 2012.[9]

Del Rosario was expected to face Gabriel Gonzaga on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146.[10] Due to Alistair Overeem testing positive for high levels of testosterone, Frank Mir replaced him for the title shot which promoted Antônio Silva to fight for the co-main event against Cain Velasquez. The move left Roy Nelson with no opponent, which prompted the UFC to let him face former title contender Gonzaga[11] while del Rosario faced Stipe Miocic.[12] del Rosario was defeated in the second round by TKO, giving him his first professional MMA career loss.

Del Rosario faced Pat Barry at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale.[13] He lost the fight by knockout at 0:26 of the second round. Afterwards, Del Rosario was expected to face Dave Herman on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162,[14] but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury and was replaced by Gabriel Gonzaga.[15]

Del Rosario was expected to face Guto Inocente on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168.[16] Del Rosario pulled out of the bout in October citing a rib injury.[17]

Cardiac arrest and death[edit]

On November 26, 2013, del Rosario was hospitalized at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California after suffering full cardiac arrest following two heart attacks.[18] According to Del Rosario's manager, Jason House, in a statement to, del Rosario suffered a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse at home and was rushed to the hospital, where he was resuscitated in the emergency room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure. According to Erik Apple, a training partner who had known del Rosario since they were in high school, del Rosario's liver and kidneys were not functioning and he had been put on dialysis.

ESPN reported del Rosario had died on November 28,[19] and this was repeated in various outlets. The credited author denied having written the story,[20] and later reported del Rosario alive, though without brain activity.[21] On November 30, del Rosario was taken off life support and breathing on his own. He also registered brain activity and squeezed his mother's hand.[22] Despite the improvements in his condition, del Rosario died on December 9, 2013.[23][24]

A drug toxicology screen performed at the time of del Rosario's death indicated that he had recently used cocaine and opiates. However, the immediate causes of death listed on his death certificate are anoxic encephalopathy, ventricular fibrillation and Long QT Syndrome, and additionally that "other significant conditions contributing to death but not resulting in the underlying cause" were cocaine and opiates.[25]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]


Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 11 wins 2 losses
By knockout 8 2
By submission 3 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–2 Pat Barry KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale December 15, 2012 2 0:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–1 Stipe Miocic TKO (elbows) UFC 146 May 26, 2012 2 3:14 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–0 Lavar Johnson Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva February 12, 2011 1 4:31 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.
Win 10–0 Lolohea Mahe TKO (knees and punches) Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe July 23, 2010 1 3:48 Everett, Washington, United States
Win 9–0 Brandon Cash Submission (omoplata) Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista November 6, 2009 1 2:57 Fresno, California, United States
Win 8–0 Lloyd Marshbanks TKO (knees) M-1 Challenge 19: 2009 Semifinals September 26, 2009 1 1:34 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 7–0 Maxim Grishin TKO (punches) M-1 Challenge 17: Korea July 4, 2009 1 0:21 Seoul, South Korea
Win 6–0 Dool Hee-Lee TKO (body punch) M-1 Challenge 14: Japan April 29, 2009 1 2:27 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–0 Carl Seumanutafa TKO (punches) ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series September 26, 2008 2 1:07 Santa Ynez, California, United States
Win 4–0 Analu Brash TKO (punches) ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series March 21, 2008 1 3:18 Santa Ynez, California, United States
Win 3–0 Amedeo Viola Submission (triangle choke) ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series October 26, 2007 1 2:27 Santa Ynez, California, United States
Win 2–0 Gilbert Carreto TKO (punches) No Limits: Proving Grounds April 21, 2007 1 1:19 Irvine, California, United States
Win 1–0 Gábor Németh TKO (punches) KOTC: Rapid Fire August 4, 2006 1 3:53 San Jacinto, California, United States

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing record
8 win (8 (T)KO's), 1 loss
Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Win Mexico Raul Romero KO World Championship Kickboxing: Full Rules Muay Thai July 26, 2008 2 1:20 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Won vacant WBC Muay Thai World Heavyweight Championship.
Loss Suriname Ginty Vrede TKO World Championship Kickboxing: Full Rules Muay Thai January 12, 2008 1 2:24 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Lost WBC Muay Thai World Heavyweight Championship.
Win Netherlands Ricardo van den Bos KO World Championship Kickboxing: Full Rules Muay Thai September 8, 2007 2 3:00 United States Gardena, California
Won vacant WBC Muay Thai World Heavyweight Championship.
Win United States Justin Carver KO World Championship Kickboxing: Full Rules Muay Thai January 11, 2007 1 1:58 United States Highland, California
Win United States Tyler Grear KO World Championship Kickboxing: Full Rules Muay Thai November 9, 2006 2 0:16 United States Highland, California
Legend:   Win

  Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Steve Cofield (12 February 2011). "Strikeforce heavyweight GP: Del Rosario remains unbeaten with armbar". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 19 May 2015. When the Filipino-American decided to take it the ground, Johnson was in big trouble.
    "Shane del Rosario Will Undoubtedly Ruin Some Parleys Now That He's in the UFC". Middle Easy. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2015. Fortunately, Shane del Rosario is half-Filipino which grants him a natural healing factor, Omega Red style.[permanent dead link]
    Frederick Alain Docdocil (11 April 2012). "Shane Del Rosario – The Filipino Viking of the UFC". Bakit Why. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Full Rules Muay Thai Recap at The San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino". The FIGHT GAME Tv.
  3. ^ "World Championship Muay Thai Recap \ Results". The FIGHT GAME Tv.
  4. ^ "WCK: Full Rules Muaythai Recap". The FIGHT GAME Tv.
  5. ^ "Christine Toledo Wins by UD Interview". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-20.
  6. ^ "del Rosario vs. Mahe, Kaufman vs. Modafferi, Humphrey vs. Kyle at Strikeforce Challengers 9". 2010-06-10. Archived from the original on 2010-06-12.
  7. ^ "- DEL ROSARIO STAYS UNDEFEATED, MAY GET ARLOVSKI- MMA WEEKLY - Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more". Archived from the original on 2010-07-26. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  8. ^ "Details Emerge from Shane del Rosario Car Accident". 7 May 2011.
  9. ^ Damon Martin (2011-12-28). "Shane Del Rosario Signs with the UFC". Retrieved 2022-08-12.
  10. ^ "Gabriel Gonzaga set to welcome Strikeforce's Shane Del Rosario to the Octagon". February 22, 2012.
  11. ^ "Gabriel Gonzaga fills open slot against Roy Nelson at UFC 146". April 23, 2012. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
  12. ^ Pisha, Ken (April 24, 2012). "UFC 146 All-Heavyweight Main Card Remains Intact, Despite Facelift". Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  13. ^ "Pat Barry vs. Shane Del Rosario targeted for December's TUF 16 Finale in Las Vegas". October 23, 2012. Archived from the original on January 28, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  14. ^ Staff (April 11, 2013). "Herman vs. Del Rosario headed to UFC 162". Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  15. ^ "Shane del Rosario forced out at UFC 162, Dave Herman now meets Gabriel Gonzaga". 2013-05-31.
  16. ^ Staff (2013-10-04). "Guto Inocente To Make Octagon Debut Against Shane Del Rosario At UFC 168". Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  17. ^ Matt Erickson and John Morgan (2013-11-21). "Injury forces Shane del Rosario out of UFC 168 fight against Guto Inocente". Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  18. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2013-11-27). "UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario hospitalized in critical condition after 'full cardiac arrest'". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  19. ^ "Heavyweight Del Rosario dies", Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Josh Gross tweet, from
  21. ^ "Shane Del Rosario's brain inactive", by Josh Gross, ESPN
  22. ^ Mike Whitman (2013-11-30). "Update: Heavyweight Shane del Rosario Still Fighting, Breathing Independently". Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  23. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2013-11-27). "Updated: UFC Heavyweight Shane del Rosario in Critical Condition After Suffering Cardiac Arrest". Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  24. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2013-12-09). "UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario, 30, dies nearly two weeks after suffering full cardiac arrest". Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  25. ^ Roth, Matthew (20 December 2013). "Coroner reveals Shane Del Rosario had cocktail of drugs in system at time of death". Retrieved March 4, 2014.

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