Kevin Casey (fighter)

Kevin Berryman Casey Jr.[4] (born June 15, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Middleweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2007, he was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen and also competed for Strikeforce, K-1, the RFA, and the UFC.

Kevin Casey
BornKevin Berryman Casey Jr.
(1981-06-15) June 15, 1981 (age 38) [1]
Inglewood, California, U.S.
Other namesKing
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionMiddleweight (2007–present)
Reach76 in (193 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofHawthorne, California, U.S.
TeamBlack House
Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2007–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision3
By knockout6
No contests2
Other information
Notable relativesMuhammad Ali (father-in-law)
Laila Ali (sister-in-law)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Casey was born in Inglewood, California. He began to study Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 1995 when he befriended Rockson Gracie, son of Rickson Gracie.

Casey is a supporter of CHAMP, a non-profit organization founded by his brother Keith Casey that works to build the minds and bodies of inner city youth through mixed martial arts.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Casey made his professional mixed martial arts debut in September 2007 for the K-1 Hero's promotion in Japan. He lost to Ikuhisa Minowa in the second round.

Following his unsuccessful debut, Casey made his first North American MMA appearance in 2008. He defeated Andrew Flores and Jimmy Mills in July and October, respectively, before taking a year off from the sport.

In November 2009, Casey made his Strikeforce debut on one of their Strikeforce Challengers cards. He defeated Chad Vance by submission. He made his second appearance for the promotion on May 21, 2010. He lost to Matt Lindland via TKO in the third round.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In January 2013, it was revealed that Casey was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. He won his preliminary bout over Eldon Sproat via rear naked choke. Casey was selected by Sonnen as his sixth pick (eleventh overall). In the next round, Casey was pitted against Jones' fifth pick Collin Hart. He lost the bout via unanimous decision.

Casey was then given a second chance when he was chosen as Team Sonnen's wildcard. He fought against Team Jones' Bubba McDaniel. Despite controlling the first round, Casey lost via TKO at the end of the second round when he was unable to answer the bell for the third round. Many people, including Dana White, were shocked Kevin could just quit like that. Casey attributed this to difficulties relating to acute kidney injury from his drastic weight cut for his bout.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

On April 9, 2013, it was announced that Casey would face fellow season 17 alumni Josh Samman at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[5] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round. Following the loss Casey was released from the promotion.[6]

Resurrection Fighting AllianceEdit

Following his release from the UFC, Casey signed with Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA).[7] He made his RFA debut on August 16, 2013 at RFA 9 against Casey Ryan.[8] He won the fight by unanimous decision. He fought next on January 24, 2014 against former UFC veteran Eddie Mendez. He won that fight via TKO (Elbows) in the first round.


Casey replaced Vinny Magalhães on 30 minutes notice at Metamoris 3, a submission-only jiu-jitsu competition, in Los Angeles on March 29, 2014. Casey was submitted by Keenan Cornelius via heel hook.[9][10] In 2012, Casey himself had to pull out of a scheduled Metamoris competition, making his 2014 appearance his first participation with the organization.

Casey was scheduled to face Vinny Magalhaes at Metamoris 5, however was forced to withdraw just a week out from the November 22, 2014, competition due to a bloodclot in his calf that required surgery.[11]

Return to UFCEdit

Following his championship win at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 15, Casey was re-signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He faced Bubba Bush at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014.[12] He won the fight via TKO early in the first round due to a punch that dropped his opponent and subsequent elbows on the ground. However, Casey later failed a post-fight drug test for drostanolone, a form of anabolic steroid.[13] Later, he was suspended for a year and fined $5,600 by the Nevada Athletic Commission.[14]

Returning from his suspension, Casey faced Ildemar Alcântara on July 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 71.[15] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[16]

Casey faced Antônio Carlos Júnior on December 10, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 80.[17] The bout was deemed a No Contest just 11 seconds into the first round when Júnior accidentally poked Casey in both eyes and Casey was unable to continue.[18]

Casey faced Rafael Natal on January 30, 2016, at UFC on Fox 18.[19] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[20]

Casey next faced Elvis Mutapcic on June 4, 2016, at UFC 199.[21] The fight ended in a split draw.[22]

Casey faced Sam Alvey on August 27, 2016 at UFC on Fox 21.[23] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[24]

On October 21, 2016, the UFC announced that they had cut Casey from the promotion.[25]

Bellator MMAEdit

On November 1, 2016, it was announced that Casey had signed with Bellator. He faced Keith Berry at Bellator 170 on January 21, 2017. The bout ended in a majority draw.

Casey faced Chris Honeycutt at Bellator 182 on August 25, 2017. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[26]

On February 20, 2018 it was announced that Bellator had released Casey from the promotion.[27]

Personal lifeEdit

Casey is married to Hana Ali, the daughter of former heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali.[28]

Championships and achievementsEdit

  • Resurrection Fighting Alliance
    • RFA Middleweight Championship (One time, first)

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 9 wins 6 losses
By knockout 3 6
By submission 3 0
By decision 3 0
Draws 2
No contests 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–6–2 (2) Chris Honeycutt TKO (punches) Bellator 182 August 25, 2017 2 2:06 Verona, New York, United States
Draw 9–5–2 (2) Keith Berry Draw (majority) Bellator 170 January 21, 2017 3 5:00 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 9–5–1 (2) Sam Alvey TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit August 27, 2016 2 4:56 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Draw 9–4–1 (2) Elvis Mutapcic Draw (split) UFC 199 June 4, 2016 3 5:00 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 9–4 (2) Rafael Natal TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader January 30, 2016 3 3:37 Newark, New Jersey, United States
NC 9–3 (2) Antônio Carlos Júnior NC (accidental eye poke) UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant December 10, 2015 1 0:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Casey was rendered unable to continue.
Win 9–3 (1) Ildemar Alcântara Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee July 15, 2015 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
NC 8–3 (1) Bubba Bush NC (overturned) UFC 175 July 5, 2014 1 1:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Originally a KO (elbows) win for Casey; overturned after he tested positive for drostanolone.
Win 8–3 Andrew Sanchez KO (punches) RFA 15 June 6, 2014 1 2:30 Los Angeles, California, United States Won the inaugural RFA Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–3 Eddie Mendez TKO (elbows) RFA 12 January 24, 2014 1 3:38 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 6–3 Casey Ryan Decision (unanimous) RFA 9 August 6, 2013 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 5–3 Josh Samman TKO (knees) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale April 13, 2013 2 2:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–2 Reggie Orr Submission (rear-naked choke) Samurai MMA Pro 2 April 15, 2012 1 2:53 Hollywood, California, United States
Win 4–2 Daniel Mancha TKO (punches) Samurai MMA Pro 2011 October 22, 2011 1 1:16 Culver City, California, United States
Loss 3–2 Matt Lindland TKO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey May 21, 2010 3 3:41 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 3–1 Chad Vance Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears November 20, 2009 1 1:41 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 2–1 Jimmy Mills Submission (rear-naked choke) EFA: Caged Fury October 25, 2008 1 4:27 Monroe, Louisiana, United States
Win 1–1 Andrew Flores Decision (unanimous) Fist Series: SummerFist 2008 July 27, 2008 3 5:00 Irvine, California, United States
Loss 0–1 Ikuhisa Minowa TKO (punches) K-1 Hero's: Tournament Final September 17, 2007 2 0:42 Yokohama, Japan

Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–2 Bubba McDaniel TKO (corner stoppage) TUF 17 March 19, 2013 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Wildcard fight
Loss 1–1 Collin Hart Decision (unanimous) TUF 17 February 12, 2013 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 1–0 Eldon Sproat Submission (rear-naked choke) TUF 17 January 22, 2013 (airdate) 1 N/A Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary round

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Kevin "King" Casey".
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Mir vs. Duffee". Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  3. ^ John Morgan (January 23, 2013). "Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 17' cast: Kevin Casey, a humbled 'King'".
  4. ^
  5. ^ "TUF 17 Finale fight card". April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Phil De Fries, Chris Spang and Five Others Released From The UFC". April 30, 2013. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "Meet RFA's latest signings including Justin Lawrence, Chris Spang and Kevin Casey". Archived from the original on April 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "RFA holds historic first event in Los Angeles". July 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Pagliuca, Chris (March 29, 2014). "Metamoris 3: Bravo vs. Gracie Results". Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  10. ^ (March 29, 2014). "Kevin Casey In As Last Minute Replacement, Faces Keenan Cornelius". Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Kevin Casey vs. Bubba Bush slated for UFC 175". June 17, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  13. ^ Steven Marrocco (July 30, 2014). "Kevin Casey and Robert Drysdale flunk post-fight tests at UFC 175, TUF 19 Finale". Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  14. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (September 23, 2014). "Kevin Casey suspended one year for positive steroid test at UFC 175".
  15. ^ Guilherme Cruz (May 22, 2015). "Kevin Casey vs. Ildemar Alcantara agreed for UFC Fight Night 71". Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  16. ^ Dann Stupp (July 15, 2015). "UFC Fight Night 71 results: Kevin Casey grinds out shutout win over Ildemar Alcantara". Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  17. ^ Staff (September 11, 2015). "Good vs. Akhmedov, Casey vs. Carlos Junior set for UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  18. ^ Ben Fowlkes (December 10, 2015). "UFC Fight Night 80 results: Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior ends in quick no-contest". Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  19. ^ Staff (December 28, 2015). "Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal Added to UFC on Fox 18 in New Jersey". Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  20. ^ Ben Fowlkes (January 30, 2016). "UFC on FOX 18 results: Rafael Natal controls, finishes Kevin Casey in third". Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  21. ^ Brian Martin (March 16, 2016). "UFC 199 adds middlweights Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic". Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  22. ^ Ben Fowlkes (June 4, 2016). "UFC 199 results: Day after Muhammad Ali's death, son-in-law Kevin Casey handed split draw with Mutapcic". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  23. ^ Staff (July 19, 2016). "UFC on FOX 21 in Vancouver adds three bouts, including Sam Alvey vs. Kevin Casey". Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  24. ^ Brent Brookhouse (August 27, 2016). "UFC on FOX 21 results: Sam Alvey finishes Kevin Casey with punches in second round". Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  25. ^ Dave Doyle (October 21, 2016). "UFC cuts 13 fighters from roster as cutbacks continue". Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  26. ^ Matt Erickson (August 25, 2017). "Bellator 182 results: Ex-champ Andrey Koreshkov pounds out Chidi Njokuani in first round".
  27. ^ Guilherme Cruz (February 20, 2018). "Bellator trims roster, parts ways with 13 fighters".
  28. ^ "Kevin Casey will fight at UFC 199 despite passing of father-in-law Muhammad Ali".

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