Former Muay Thai Champion and Pro MMA fighter
Shane Del Rosario left us all yesterday
following a nearly two week battle after a Catastrophic Cardiovascular Collapse
on Tuesday, November 26th. He had been hospitalized at the Hoag Memorial
Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California in critical condition
after suffering from full cardiac arrest after two heart attacks.
That same day, Del Rosario's manager Jason House
said in a statement to Sherdog.com that "Shane del Rosario had a
catastrophic cardiovascular collapse at home on Tuesday morning, He was brought
to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated in the emergency
room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure. He is currently in the
coronary care unit critically ill. Our prayers are with him and his family."
According to Erik Apple, a training partner who has
known del Rosario since they were in high school, Del Rosario was found
at home by his roommate, UFC flyweight Ian McCall. McCall
called 911 and administered CPR to Del Rosario before he was taken to
The days following have been confusing weeks as several
misreported his passing. ESPN reported Del Rosario had died on November
28, and this was repeated in various outlets. The credited author ( Josh
Gross ) denied having written the story, and later reported Del Rosario
alive, though without brain activity.
On November 30, Apple said Del Rosario was off
life support and breathing on his own. He also registered brain activity and
squeezed his mother's hand. Doctors believe he may have a rare heart condition
called Long QT Syndrome.
After two confusing weeks and several mis-reports of his
passing, Del Rosario took his last breath yesterday.
Del Rosario was both a Champion Muay Thai fighter and
Pro MMA fighter (11-2) who had fought under the UFC,
Strikeforce, M-1 Global, ShoXC, and King of the Cage. He was on an
undefeated, 11 fight win streak (10 of those only took Shane 1 round and 8
of them were wins by TKO/KO) until hit by a drunk driver in 2011.
He was scheduled to fight Dave Herman at UFC 162
in July but had to pull out of a bout due to injury. He was also scheduled for
his first fight in 2013 against Guto Inocente at UFC 168 in
December, but recently pulled out due to a rib injury.
His last two bouts were under the UFC Banner in the
heavyweight division and his last bout was over a year ago on December 15th,
2012, a loss to Pat Barry.
Shane was born and raised in Orange County, California,
and is of Norwegian and Hawaiian descent. He started training as a fighter when
he was 17 years old with Marco Ruas. He then attended and graduated from
college with a bachelor's degree in psychology out of UC Irvine.
Shane was a Muay Thai Kickboxer before an MMA fighter.
As a pro Muay Thai fighter he held a record of 8-1 with 8 wins by KO/TKO. He
competed as a Heavyweight on the World Championship Kickboxing series of
events hosted by In Sync Productions.
On November 9th, 2006, Del Rosario fought Tyler
Grear and dropped him with a power punch early in round two giving Del
Rosario the win by knockout at 16 seconds of the second round. 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
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. The win also made him the first American to have won the
WBC Muay Thai World Heavyweight title.
Del Rosario's first career loss came in his first title
defense against Dutch kickboxer Ginty Vrede on January 12th, 2008. 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 the referee.
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
SadlyGinty Vrede's reign as Champion didn't last long.
On January 28, 2008, just over 2 weeks after his bout with Del Rosario,
Vrede also past away. He was on an impromptu training session in the
Pancration Sports Centre in Amsterdam when at some point he stated that he did
not feel very well, and collapsed moments later. CPR was administered for nearly
half an hour could not save him. He died on his way to the hospital.
After Ginty Vrede's death the WBC World
Heavyweight title was vacated. On July 26th, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Del
Rosario faced off and defeated Mexican kickboxer Ricardo Romero by
knockout at 1:20 in the second round to win the title for a second time.
All of us here at ISCF
MMA and IKF Kickboxing would like to
extend our sincere condolences to Del Rosario's friends and loved ones.