Shane Roller

Shane Derrick Roller (born July 14, 1979) is a retired American mixed martial artist who is perhaps best known in his career for competing as a Lightweight for the UFC and WEC.

Shane Roller
Born (1979-07-14) July 14, 1979 (age 42)
Bixby, Oklahoma, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach72 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
TeamTeam Takedown
Years active2007-2012
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission6
By decision2
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision1
UniversityOklahoma State University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Roller was born and raised in Bixby, Oklahoma along with his three brothers. Roller is known as one of the most decorated athletes in his state's history, a standout at Bixby High School while competing in wrestling, baseball, and football, lettering in each, and was the Tulsa World's 1998 Male Athlete of the Year. In baseball, he was a two-time letterman, playing shortstop, hitting in the lead-off spot, and was twice selected for the All-Metro Honorable Mention Team. In football, Roller played quarterback, running back, free safety, and was a three-time letterman. Roller was selected to play in the Jim Thorpe All-Star Game and was also selected as the 1997 Oklahoma Football Coaches Association All-Star Running Back. In wrestling, Roller was his high school's first four-time state champion and was twice selected as the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the state tournament. He compiled a 141-3 record and was selected for the All-State team, being voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the All-State match. He was also an Asics First Team All-American and received the Junior Hodge Award which is given to the nation's most dominant high school wrestler. Roller also received the Dave Schultz award which is for academic and athletic excellence, as he was also his class' salutatorian and a member of the National Honor Society. He received a scholarship to continue competing in wrestling for Oklahoma State University and was a three-time NCAA All-American, three-time Academic All-American, and Big 12 Champion. Roller was also the captain of the 2003 NCAA Championship team, and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. He later earned his master's degree from the school while working as an assistant coach, earning three NCAA championships.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Roller made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2007 and compiled a record of 3-1 before being signed by the WEC.

World Extreme CagefightingEdit

Roller made his WEC debut defeating Todd Moore at WEC 35 via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:00 of the first round. This was followed by another first round submission win over previously undefeated Mike Budnik at WEC 37.

Roller faced future UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson on April 5, 2009 at WEC 40. He lost the fight via TKO due to punches in the first round.

Roller rebounded from his loss to Henderson defeating former Lightweight title challenger Marcus Hicks via unanimous decision on August 9, 2009 at WEC 42.

Roller defeated Danny Castillo on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44[2] via submission in the third round, earning Submission of the Night honors.[3]

Roller faced Anthony Njokuani on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48.[4] He won the fight via first-round rear-naked choke submission.[5]

Roller faced Anthony Pettis on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.[6] Following a back and forth battle, the visibly exhausted Roller was submitted by Pettis via triangle choke with seconds left in the bout.

Roller faced former WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53.[7] He won via submission in the first round.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[8]

Roller defeated Thiago Tavares via second round KO on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann, earning Knockout of the Night honors.[9]

In his second UFC fight, Roller faced Melvin Guillard on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132.[10] He lost the fight via KO in the first round.

Roller faced T. J. Grant on October 1, 2011 at UFC on Versus 6.[11] Roller lost via controversial armbar submission in round 3.

Roller faced Michael Johnson on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2, replacing an injured Cody McKenzie.[12] Roller lost via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Roller defeated John Alessio on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148 via unanimous decision.[13]

Roller was expected to face Jacob Volkmann on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.[14] However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Roller/Volkmann was rescheduled and instead took place on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[15] Roller was taken down early in the fight and eventually submitted via rear naked choke. Shortly after the event Shane announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Shane is married and the couple have four children. Roller's three brothers, Keith, Mike, and Jimmy all played sports at the collegiate level. Keith played football, while Mike and Jimmy wrestled.[17]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 11 wins 7 losses
By knockout 3 3
By submission 6 3
By decision 2 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–7 Jacob Volkmann Submission (rear naked choke) UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot October 5, 2012 1 2:38 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 11–6 John Alessio Decision (unanimous) UFC 148 July 7, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–6 Michael Johnson Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis January 28, 2012 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 10–5 T. J. Grant Submission (armbar) UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson October 1, 2011 3 2:12 Washington, D.C. United States
Loss 10–4 Melvin Guillard KO (punches) UFC 132 July 2, 2011 1 2:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–3 Thiago Tavares KO (punches) UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann March 3, 2011 2 1:28 Louisville, Kentucky, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 9–3 Jamie Varner Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 53 December 16, 2010 1 3:55 Glendale, Arizona, United States Submission of the Night.
Loss 8–3 Anthony Pettis Submission (triangle choke) WEC 50 August 18, 2010 3 4:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2 Anthony Njokuani Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 48 April 24, 2010 1 3:07 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 7–2 Danny Castillo Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 44 November 18, 2009 3 3:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 6–2 Marcus Hicks Decision (unanimous) WEC 42 August 9, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–2 Benson Henderson TKO (punches) WEC 40 April 5, 2009 1 1:41 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 5–1 Mike Budnik Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 37 December 3, 2008 1 1:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–1 Todd Moore Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 35 August 3, 2008 1 3:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3–1 Yoshihiro Kitaoka TKO (punches) Xtreme Fighting League March 15, 2008 1 1:50 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 2–1 Erick Fernandez Submission (guillotine choke) CCCF: Contenders January 19, 2008 1 2:23 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 1–1 Ryan Winthers TKO (punches) HRP: Fight Night November 16, 2007 1 0:16 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 0–1 Jake Pruitt TKO (punches) Masters of the Cage 16 September 28, 2007 3 2:15 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2013-09-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo results". 2009-11-19.
  3. ^ "WEC 44 bonuses: Aldo, Roller, Swanson and Franchi earn $10,000 awards". Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
  4. ^ "Njokuani vs. Roller, Page vs. Banuelos Complete WEC 48 Main Card". Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  5. ^ "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber - Live Results and Commentary". 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  6. ^ "Anthony Pettis vs. Shane Roller on tap for WEC 50 in August". 2010-06-09. Archived from the original on 2010-06-12.
  7. ^ "Jamie Varner To Face Shane Roller at WEC 53". Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  8. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". October 28, 2010.
  9. ^ "Shane Roller vs. Thiago Tavares in the works for UFC on Versus 3". December 28, 2010.
  10. ^ "Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller set for UFC 132 in Las Vegas". March 14, 2011. Archived from the original on March 17, 2011.
  11. ^ "Shane Roller vs TJ Grant fight announced for Oct. 1 in Washington D.C." July 29, 2011.
  12. ^ "Injured McKenzie out at UFC on FOX 2; Roller steps in to face Johnson". January 4, 2012. Archived from the original on January 9, 2012.
  13. ^ "John Alessio vs. Shane Roller booked for UFC 148 in July". May 10, 2012. Archived from the original on May 13, 2012.
  14. ^ "Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann added to September's UFC 151 card in Las Vegas". July 24, 2012.
  15. ^ "Roller-Volkmann shifts from UFC 151 to UFC on FX 5". August 23, 2012. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012.
  16. ^ Erickson, Matt (2012-10-08). "Shane Roller says he's retiring following UFC on FX 5 loss to Jacob Volkmann". Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  17. ^ "Round two for Roller Former wrestling standout Shane Roller gets second chance at athletic career". 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-08-06.

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