Kevin Rosier

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Kevin Rosier
Born (1962-01-06)January 6, 1962
Buffalo, New York, United States
Died April 14, 2015(2015-04-14) (aged 53)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Heart attack
Residence Lancaster, New York, United States
Nationality American
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)
Style Kickboxing, Boxing
Fighting out of Tampa, Florida
Years active 198?-1999 (Kickboxing)
1989–2001 (Boxing)
1993–2000 (MMA)
Professional boxing record
Total 24
Wins 7
By knockout 6
Losses 17
By knockout 7
Kickboxing record
Total 74
Wins 66
By knockout 66
Losses 8
Mixed martial arts record
Total 8
Wins 2
By knockout 1
By submission 1
Losses 6
By knockout 3
By submission 3
Other information
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.


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.[1] 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. .[2]

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.

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. and He defeated karateka Zane Frazier by TKO in the quarterfinals when the towel was thrown in. In the semifinals, he came up against Dutch savate fighter Gerard Gordeau and lost via TKO. 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.[3]



Fight record

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

7 Wins (6 knockouts, 1 decision, 0 disqualification), 17 Losses, 0 Draws, 0 No Contests
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 7-17 United States Carlton Johnson UD 6 (6), 3:00 01/12/2001 United States Chester, West Virginia, US
Loss 7-16 France Josué Blocus TKO 1 (?), N/A 09/12/2000 France Villeurbanne, France
Loss 7-15 United States Tye Fields TKO 1 (4), 1:37 28/04/2000 United States Mashantucket, Connecticut, US
Loss 7-14 United States Keith Govan UD 4 (4), 3:00 06/04/2000 United States Worley, Idaho, US
Loss 7-13 United States Vinny Maddalone PTS 6 (6), 3:00 14/03/2000 United States Yonkers, New York, US
Loss 7-12 Poland Roman Bugaj UD 4 (4), 3:00 02/03/2000 United States Rosemont, Illinois, US
Loss 7-11 United States Taurus Sykes PTS 4 (4), 3:00 24/02/2000 United States New York, New York, US
Loss 7-10 United States Shannon Miller UD 4 (4), 3:00 19/11/1999 United States Verona, New York, US
Loss 7-9 United States Brian Hollins UD 4 (4), 3:00 17/09/1999 United States Buffalo, New York, US
Loss 7-8 United States Derrick Brown PTS 4 (4), 3:00 11/06/1999 United States Verona, New York, US
Loss 7-7 United States Bradley Rone PTS 4 (4), 3:00 03/09/1999 United States Mount Pleasant, Michigan, US
Win 7-6 United States Dave Slaughter TKO 4 (6), 2:56 29/01/1999 United States Tampa, Florida, US
Win 6-6 United States Ed Gissendanner TKO 1 (6), 1:55 27/11/1998 United States Tampa, Florida, US
Win 5-6 United States Tony Velasco UD 8 (8), 3:00 30/10/1998 United States Tampa, Florida, US
Loss 4-6 United States Joe Mesi TKO 2 (4), N/A 26/07/1998 United States Verona, New York, US
Loss 4-5 Tonga Paea Wolfgramm TKO 1 (6), 1:12 16/01/1998 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
Loss 4-4 Russia Nikolai Valuev KO 1 (?), N/A 27/09/1997 Russia Moscow, Russia
Win 4-3 Finland Christer Markusas TKO 2 (?), N/A 06/09/1997 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
Win 3-3 United States Jim Ellis TKO 2 (?), N/A 27/08/1994 United States Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, US
Win 2-3 United States Lee Moore TKO 3 (?), N/A 12/11/1990 United States Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US
Loss 1-3 United States David Dixon TKO 1 (?), N/A 07/04/1990 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 1-2 United States John Elacqua TKO 2 (?), N/A 0/03/1989 United States Laughlin, Nevada, US
Loss 0-2 United States Curtis Jackson PTS 4 (4), N/A 28/02/1989 United States Inglewood, California, US
Loss 0-1 United States Andrew Matthews TKO 1 (?), N/A 14/01/1989 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US


  1. UFC 1 DVD
  2. "Where Is He Now...IKF Takes A Look Back At KEVIN ROSIER".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Marc Raimondi (2015-04-14). "UFC 1 veteran Kevin Rosier dead at age 53". Retrieved 2015-04-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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