Kevin Croom is a professional mixed martial artist who fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was born on August 23, 1986, in Springfield, Missouri. Growing up as an athlete, he participated in a variety of sports including wrestling and football before eventually settling on MMA.
Croom began training at the age of 16 when he joined the Springfield Fight Club under the tutelage of former UFC fighter Monte Cox. Known for his strong clinch work and submission grappling skills, Croom quickly became one of the top amateur fighters in Missouri and beyond. After winning numerous regional titles and two national championships during his amateur career, he turned pro in 2010 with an impressive 8-1 record.
Since then Kevin has gone on to fight for some of MMA’s biggest promotions such as Bellator FC and RFA before eventually landing a contract with UFC in 2020. In 2021 he made his debut against Bryce Mitchell at UFC 259 where he won via majority decision after three hard-fought rounds against one of MMA’s rising stars. The win secured him an impressive six-fight deal with UFC which further cemented him as one of its most promising featherweight prospects today.
Within the cage Kevin has proven himself to be dangerous both standing up and on the ground making use of techniques from all aspects of combat sports including boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, Catch Wrestling Submission Grappling & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). His aggressive style combined with tremendous cardio makes him a tough opponent no matter how long it takes to finish off his opponents or if it goes all five rounds; something that other fighters have noted when facing off against “The Hard Hitting Hillbilly.” Outside fighting Kevin loves spending time outdoors fishing or camping but more than anything else loves spending quality time with family especially his wife Alexis whom they married back in 2019 while simultaneously enjoying their lives together by traveling different countries around world whenever possible exploring new cultures & experiences .
As someone who overcame significant obstacles throughout life ranging from personal injuries which briefly derailed his career to having difficulties finding sponsorships due to not belonging mainstream culture despite being surrounded by some popular athletes like Michael Chandler & Kamaru Usman among others; it is easy to say that Kevin Croom’s story is truly inspirational . His resilience through difficult times reveals why many consider him a champion inside & outside cage proving that nothing can stop those determined enough from achieving their goals even if there are setbacks along way .