Alex Karalexis

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Alex Karalexis
Born (1977-09-20) September 20, 1977 (age 36)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Other names The Assassin, T-Rex
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Lightweight
Welterweight
Middleweight
Fighting out of Boston, Massachusetts
Team Team Sityodtong
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 10
By knockout 5
By submission 1
By decision 4
Losses 6
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alex Karalexis (born September 20, 1977) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division. He was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 1, and has competed for the UFC and WEC.

Background[edit]

Karalexis was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and is of Greek descent, as his father is an immigrant from Greece who also fought in the Special Forces. Karalexis began playing soccer when he was six years old, and was talented, going on to be the MVP of the Massachusetts All-Star Game, and also competed in wrestling for all four years of high school. Karalexis then went attended Massasoit Community College where he continued playing soccer for one year before being sidelined for the next season due to a recurring leg injury. When he became healthy, Karalexis began playing professionally for the Cape Cod Crusaders but again only played one season before being sidelined from the same injury. After the injury did not heal properly, Karalexis ventured into kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu before transitioning into mixed martial arts.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Karalexis competed on The Ultimate Fighter 1 as a Middleweight, and was the third Middleweight pick on Team Couture. After the challenge in the third episode, Team Liddell won the pick and decided to have Diego Sanchez fight Karalexis in the very first Middleweight fight of the series. Karalexis was defeated via rear-naked choke submission in the first round and was eliminated from the show. Karalexis later made a return for the series finale as a Welterweight to defeat Josh Rafferty via TKO in the first round. Karalexis then lost his next two fights in the UFC against Kenny Florian and Jason Von Flue, respectively, before being signed by the WEC.

WEC[edit]

Traditionally a Welterweight, Karalexis has dropped from 170 lb to 155 lb in order to compete in the Lightweight division. His first Lightweight bout was on June 3, 2007 at WEC 28, where he defeated Josh Smith by majority decision.[2]

Karalexis was scheduled to face WEC newcomer Kamal Shalorus on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44.,[3] but a broken hand suffered in training has forced Karalexis off the card.[4] Shalorus defeated replacement Will Kerr by TKO(Punches) in the first round.

Karalexis was expected to face Zach Micklewright on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48,[5] but Micklewright was forced off the card with an injury. Karalexis instead faced Anthony Pettis,[6] losing via submission.

Karalexis was expected to face WEC newcomer Zhang Tie Quan on September 30, 2010 at WEC 51.[7] However, Karalexis was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Jason Reinhardt.[8] Reinhardt was subsequently injured in training himself, and replaced by Pablo Garza

Following the UFC/WEC merger in December 2010, Karalexis was released by Zuffa, LLC, having lost 3 of his last 4 WEC fights. He would return to action on June 10, 2011 in a Welterweight bout against Tiawan Howard at CES MMA VI: Nowhere To Hide, losing via a controversial split decision. After the fight, a member of Howard's corner bumped into Karalexis, inciting a brawl that was ended by police.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Karalexis is close friends with NFL star Jared Allen, who also trained with Karalexis and cornered his fight at WEC 48 against Anthony Pettis.[11]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–6 Tiawan Howard Decision (split) CES MMA VI: Nowhere To Hide June 10, 2011 3 5:00 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States
Loss 10–5 Anthony Pettis Submission (triangle choke) WEC 48 April 24, 2010 2 1:35 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 10–4 Greg McIntyre TKO (punches) WEC 39 March 1, 2009 1 4:19 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Loss 9–4 Bart Palaszewski TKO (punches) WEC 37 December 3, 2008 2 1:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–3 Ed Ratcliff TKO (punches) WEC 31 December 12, 2007 2 1:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–2 Josh Smith Decision (majority) WEC 28 June 3, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2 Olaf Alfonso TKO (referee stoppage) WEC 25 January 20, 2007 2 3:53 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–2 Thomas Denny Decision (unanimous) WEC 23 August 17, 2006 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 6–2 Josh Lydell Submission (rear naked choke) RF 13: New Hampshire June 17, 2006 1 Concord, New Hampshire, United States
Loss 5–2 Jason Von Flue Technical Submission (Von Flue choke)[12] UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3 January 16, 2006 3 1:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–1 Kenny Florian TKO (cut) UFC Ultimate Fight Night August 6, 2005 2 2:52 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Josh Rafferty TKO (strikes) The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale April 9, 2005 1 1:40 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Mike Littlefield Decision (unanimous) Mass Destruction 15 September 26, 2003 3 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 3–0 Ted Govola KO Mass Destruction 13 October 25, 2003 1 Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Win 2–0 Mike Varner Decision (unanimous) Mass Destruction 11 June 7, 2003 3 Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Julio Colon TKO (corner stoppage) Mass Destruction 10 January 25, 2003 1 4:00 Taunton, Massachusetts, United States

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