Zane Frazier

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Zane Frazier
Born (1966-07-16) July 16, 1966 (age 57)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Other namesNasty
Height6 ft 6 in (2.0 m)
Weight230 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
StyleKempo Karate, Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Kickboxing, Shootfighting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofNorth Hollywood, California, United States
TeamInosanto Academy
Borodin's Gym
Rank  4th Dan Black Belt in Kempo Karate
Years active1984–2010
Kickboxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By decision1
By knockout9
By submission2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Zane Troy 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 officially retiring in 2010.

Early life[edit]

The son of Floyd and Bertha Frazier,[1] he grew up in a Crips infested neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, and began training in martial arts in 1972 after seeing the film Fist of Fury.

Frazier graduated from Fairfax High School in 1980,[2] and was recruited to play college basketball at the University of Idaho in Moscow under head coach Don Monson.[3] He saw action as a true freshman in 1980–81,[4] redshirted in 1981–82,[5][6] and finished his bachelor's degree in 1986. In addition to his martial arts career, he later tried out for the New Jersey Jets.[7]

Although his birth year is often given as 1966, this is age fabrication; he is four to five years older (1961 or 1962).[4]


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.[8]

On November 12, 1993, Frazier competed 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.[9] 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.[10]

In the UFC 1 tournament quarterfinals, Frazier faced fellow kickboxer Kevin Rosier. The match lasted 4 minutes and 20 seconds, ending 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 bout.[11][12]

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[edit]


  • 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[edit]

  • Worldwide Fighting Championship
    • WFC Heavyweight Championship

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record
17 wins (? KOs), 2 losses, 0 draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
1996-09-01 Loss Japan Nobuaki Kakuda K-1 Revenge '96 Osaka, Japan Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00 17–2
1995-12-09 Loss Japan Takeru K-1 Hercules Nagoya, Japan KO (right hook) 2 0:45 17–1
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
15 matches 4 wins 11 losses
By knockout 3 9
By submission 0 2
By decision 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 TKO (submission to punches) 1st Absolute Fighting World Cup Pankration November 12, 1997 1 6:31 Tel Aviv, Israel
Loss 1–4 Wes Gassaway TKO (submission to punches) IFC 4: Akwesasane March 28, 1997 1 2:26 Hogansburg, New York, United States
Loss 1–3 Mestre Hulk KO (fall from 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 (corner stoppage) UFC 1 November 12, 1993 1 4:20 Denver, Colorado, United States UFC 1 tournament quarter-final.


  1. ^ "Floyd Ray Frazier". East Bay Times. (Oakland, California). (obituary). October 1, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Sports briefs". Los Angeles Times. May 1, 1980. p. 414. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Zane Frazier signs with Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). April 23, 1980. p. 5B.
  4. ^ a b Emerson, Paul (December 12, 1980). "Forge, Owens pace Vandals to sixth victory". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C.
  5. ^ "Basketball: team photo". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1982. p. 223.
  6. ^ Killen, John (November 25, 1982). "What about an encore?". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 4B.
  7. ^ UFC 1 DVD
  8. ^ UFC 9 DVD
  9. ^ UFC 1: The fighter redux
  10. ^ UFC rundown
  11. ^ "It's 15 years since the UFC's first ever show, when there were no rules, no gloves, just eight men in a cage".
  12. ^ "UFC 1: Playboy, Mortal Kombat & the ultimate fighter". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2023-12-15.

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