As reported two weeks ago on Fighters.com, Shane del Rosario was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed at his home. Initial reports indicated the UFC Heavyweight had passed away, but the MMA community was elated to hear that Rosario still alive and he was still fighting. It is with great sadness that we pass the news on that Shane del Rosario has passed away at the age of 30.
Del Rosario began training to be a fighter at the age of 17 under the tutelage of UFC 7 Tournament Champion Marcos in 2000. In 2006 Del Rosario would begin taking professional fights in both mixed martial arts and Muay Thai. In his two years as a Muay Thai fighter, Del Rosario would go 8-1, and all of those fights would end before the final bell. He holds the distinction for being the first American fighter to become the WBC Muay Thai Heavyweight Champion. Del Rosario was fighting as often as he could, and he was doing much better in MMA. In the same time, Del Rosario had four mma fights and all of them ended with his hand raised in the first round.
Del Rosario’s aptitude to finish fights would be a consistent theme in his fighting career. Del Rosario would go undefeated in ShoXC going 3-0 with two technical knockouts and one submission. He was then picked up by M1 in 2009, and he would go 3-0 with the promotion and finish all three fights in the first round.
Del Rosario made his Strikeforce on April 29, 2009. It would only take him 2:37 seconds to win the bout over Brandon Cash via omoplata. After a brutal TKO win over Lolohea Mahe in July of 2010 in the main event, Del Rosario would take on Lavar Johnson and finish him in the first round via arm bar. A few months later, Del Rosario was in a vehicle struck by a drunk driver and spent the rest of the year and part of 2012 healing up for his UFC debut.
Shane Del Rosario on Giving Back, and his road to recovery from being told he would never fight again:
Video courtesy of Fight Magazine.
Del Rosario would make his UFC at UFC 146 against Stipe Miocic in Las Vegas, but del Rosario would suffer his first career loss. He would then take on Pat Barry at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, but he would lose for the second time in the octagon. After pulling out of a bout in July of this year, del Rosario was set to return at UFC 168. However, in November he pulled out of the bout with a rib injury. A week or so later he would be rushed to the hospital in full cardiac rest after collapsing in his home.
Shane’s manager, Jason House released this statement after he was stabilized.
“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.”
The UFC has released this statement confirming the news of his passing:
The Ultimate Fighting Championship mourns the tragic loss of heavyweight competitor Shane Del Rosario, who has passed away at the age of 30. Del Rosario suffered a heart attack on Tuesday, Nov. 26 as a result of what doctors believe to be a congenital heart disorder, according to his manager Jason House.
The entire organization sends its deepest condolences to Shane’s family and friends.