Alex Reid (fighter)

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Alex Reid
AlexReid2012.jpg
Reid performing as part of the Wildboyz! tour in May 2012.
Born Alexander Aristides Reid
(1975-07-21) 21 July 1975 (age 39)
Aldershot, Hampshire, England, UK
Other names Reidernator
Alex Thorne
Nationality British
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 13 st 3 lb (84 kg)
Division Middleweight
Reach 77.0 in (196 cm)
Style Kickboxing
Fighting out of London, England
Team London Shootfighters
Reidernater Vale Tudo
Years active 1998–present
Kickboxing record
Total 3
Wins 3
By knockout 1
Losses 0
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 21
Wins 10
By knockout 5
By submission 3
By decision 2
Losses 9
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 5
Draws 1
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alexander Aristides "Alex" Reid (born 21 July 1975) is an English mixed martial artist, kickboxer and actor who used the nickname the "Reidernator". Alex has fought for Cage Rage, BAMMA and UCMMA. Throughout his MMA career he has fought some of the best known fighters, especially from the earlier days of the UFC, such as former welterweight champion Dave Menne and UFC 14 middleweight finalist Tony Fryklund, he has also faced Murilo 'Ninja' Rua, Tom Watson, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Mark Weir and Jorge Rivera. In his spare time. He also often MC's national BAMMA third-party events around the UK for MMA fighters in the BAMMA League.

Alex gained his fame in Britain when he began to date the glamour model Katie Price. He won Celebrity Big Brother 7 in January 2010. Reid and Price married in February 2010 and separated in January 2011. He has now been with girlfriend Nikki Manashe who is a personal trainer and actress since March 2013 and they live in north London together.

Early life[edit]

Reid was born in Aldershot, Hampshire. His parents are Bob and Carol; he is the youngest of six; he has two brothers and three sisters.[1] Alex is Scottish on his father's side of the family, hence his common Scottish surname of Reid.

He was known as 'Zander' by his family when he was younger. In 1991, Reid was a member of the Hampshire Scout unit that was visiting Japan & South Korea, taking part in the 17th World Scout Jamboree at Mount Sorak National Park. In 1996 Reid enlisted with 10th (Volunteer) Battalion of the Parachute Regiment (10 PARA), a Territorial Army unit based in London and spent 3 years training as a recruit before being discharged.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1998 Reid studied on the one-year acting course at the Guildford School of Acting, in Surrey.[citation needed] Along with his mixed martial arts, his military experience and acting training would contribute to his career.

Acting[edit]

Alex Reid (left) with Dereck Chisora

In 1998 Reid studied on the one-year acting course at the Guildford School of Acting, in Surrey. In his first TV appearance, Reid was a contestant on the hit ITV show, Gladiators, and also had a recurring background role in the ITV drama, Soldier Soldier. In 1998, Reid had a small role as an extra in Sliding Doors, during the launch of Clive's Restaurant. He was also in the film Saving Private Ryan, as a stand in for Tom Hanks.

Reid later played Jason Cunliffe in the Channel 4 soap-opera Hollyoaks, which he left in 2001. He made an appearance in the comedy My Hero in the following year. At this time he used the stage name "Alex Thorne". After a period away from acting, he appeared in the film Killer Bitch which was released in 2010; the film was described as pornographic and received terrible pre-release coverage. The film was made when he was still largely unknown, working as fighter and doorman, but released after he had become a celebrity. Reid failed to show up at the Premiere of the film at the Curzon Cinema, Mayfair, drawing criticism from the cast of the film. He had previously attacked the producers for 'using him for publicity', though he had walked out of the film without completing the role causing a complete shut down of the production for 6 weeks. He was replaced by ex-World Champion boxer Robin Reid (no relation). In June 2010, Reid challenged Reid to a boxing match.

Reid has signed on with Salopian Films for a new comedy series called For the Love of Ella. The series also stars Ewen Macintosh, Lucy Drive, Bobby Ball, Danny Peacock, Melanie Sykes, Darren Day, Francoise Pascal and Billy Pearce. The script was written by Simon W. Golding (co-producer) and directed by James Farina (co-producer). IMDb - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3293568/combined

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Reid first got in to martial arts at 14 and with time turned to mixed martial arts: "It was just a natural progression. I started off doing kung fu, karate-style tournaments before moving on to boxing, kickboxing, a little bit of judo, jiu-jitsu. MMA was a natural progression for a young lad wanting to find the latest and best style. It's just the most efficient and effective blend of martial arts really."

He had also participated in mixed martial arts promotions Cage Rage, BAMMA and UCMMA and made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2000.

Between 2004 and 2007, Reid appeared in the Cage Rage Championships. During this period, he faced a number of international fighters such as Daijiro Matsui, Dave Menne, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Tony Fryklund, Jorge Rivera and Murilo "Ninja" Rua. On 22 September 2007, Reid face Matt Ewin for the Cage Rage British Middleweight Championship at Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable, where he lost via unanimous decision. The Cage Rage promotion lost its Sky Sports television coverage in May 2008 and Reid then joined MMA promoter Dave O'Donnell's new promotion, Ultimate Challenge MMA. Ried won his debut at UCMMA 2 - Unbreakable against John Maguire. He then won the UK1 kickboxing Middleweight title against Jake Bostwick at UCMMA 5 - Heat, and then defended it against Jack Mason at UCMMA 7 - Mayhem.[3] Ried gave up his title in early 2010 so he could enter the 7th series of Celebrity Big Brother.

On 15 May 2010, Reid was scheduled to return to the cage professionally for the first time since 2007 to face Tom "Kong" Watson for the vacant BAMMA Middleweight Championship at BAMMA 3.[4] However, Reid injured his knee while filming his documentary TV series Alex Reid: The Fight of His Life and was forced to pull out of the Reid-Watson fight.[5] Reid was replaced by UFC and IFL veteran Matt Horwich, who Watson beat by decision to win the title. The Reid-Watson bout was then rescheduled for BAMMA 4 on 25 September 2010 and Ried caused further controversy by showing up for the official weigh-ins three hours late.[citation needed]

On 14 May 2011, Reid announced his retirement from MMA at an Cage Rage UK event in London.[6] However, he did not rule out a return to the sport in future. For many weeks, Jason Barrett has been calling out Reid, following Reid to his gym and getting aggressive, almost fighting him inside the UCMMA cage during an interview between Reid and Dave o'Donnell, and, in a serious incident, Barrett took a megaphone down to a restaurant on Old Compton Street in Soho to interrupt Reid and his girlfriend Chantelle, who were dining there. After being threatening, Reid's security went outside to ask him to leave him alone, but he refused to move. This then prompted Reid to walk outside, and ended up with Barrett attacking Reid's security before attempting to go for Alex. After being pulled away from each other, Barrett vowed he would be "following him everywhere until he signed the contract". Alex verbally agreed. Confirmed by the Cage Rage UK website, Alex Reid is set to face Jason Barrett in a Super Title fight at UCMMA 22 on 6 August. This marks the end of his early retirement and his first fight since his 2010 bout with Tom "Kong" Watson. During the press conference, Barrett apologised for his antics to get the fight with Reid, discouraged anyone from behaving the same way, and vowed to knock Reid out. At the end of the conference, Dave O'Donnell asked them both to square up for the media shot with their hands up. Barrett put his hands up as Dave requested and Alex refused, instead standing up close to his face, causing Barrett to push him away for being disrespectful. Alex began walking away, but O'Donnell asked Alex to come back, which he did, and both men squared up again. Because of Barrett pushing Reid, Dave O'Donnell vowed to take 10% of Barrett's fight purse for every time he does any bad antic like that or anything he has already done up to that point.

During the weigh-ins the day prior to the fight, both men weighed in at just under the 13 st 3 lb mark, being 13 st 2 lb and 13 st 1 lb respectively. For the camera shot of both men squared up to each other, Reid again refused to put his hands up, but instead kissed Barrett on the lips, which infuriated him and he had to be held back by UCMMA officials. Reid was laughing at his reaction, and vowed he would apologise "after the fight". On 6 August, Alex Reid defeated Jason Barrett, via triangle choke in the first round, marking his first win in 6 years in MMA and claimed the Super Title in the process.

Despite struggling to gain a win in MMA for six years, Reid has had success in kickboxing during 2009, winning the UK1 Middleweight title in Cage Rage UK, defeating the likes of John Maguire, Jake Bostwick and Jack Mason during the course of the year. He dropped the title in early 2010 so he could enter the 7th series of Celebrity Big Brother and to focus on his MMA return fight against Tom Watson for BAMMA 3. Mark Weir would later win that title.

However, in September 2012, Reid was set to return to BAMMA at the 1 December 2012 BAMMA 11 against Sam Boo.[7] Should Reid win he is expected to fight of BAMMA's follow-up event, BAMMA 12, against a domestically ranked opponent.[8]

Reid will fight Luke Sines for the UCMMA UK-1 Middleweight title at UCMMA 39 on May 3rd, 2014. [9]

Celebrity Big Brother[edit]

On 3 January 2010, Reid became one of twelve housemates in Channel 4's 7th and final series of Celebrity Big Brother. At the time, Reid had been dating Katie Price, an English media personality, author, former glamour model, who was previously known under the pseudonym "Jordan". He was the third housemate to enter the Celebrity Big Brother House. Reid was heavily booed on his entry, which he acknowledged saying "this is why I'm here, to hopefully change these boos into cheers" during his time in the house. He managed to win over the public and on 29 January he won the show with 65% of the vote, highest rate ever recorded on the show with Bowers finishing as runner-up. As Reid left the house he was cheered with the crowd chanting "Rocky, Rocky". This was a reference to the nickname given to him by third placed finalist Vinnie Jones. During his interview with Davina McCall he mentioned Price by announcing that he is a "man in love". This prompted boos from the crowd and chants of "dump her!" with McCall saying that Price's name had been like that of Voldemort in Harry Potter, in the house. Reid responded by saying a "sorry" to the crowd before quickly saying "no actually I'm not" and shouting "I love Katie Price". Towards the end of series Big Brother arranged a party for all of the housemates, with awards. Reid was awarded 'Greediest Housemate' and 'Least Intelligent Housemate'.

Reid was referred to as "Jordan's current squeeze" and many references were made in the house about their relationship. Tabloids reported a brawl on 1 January 2010 between Reid and Price's ex-boyfriend Dane Bowers – who would also be appearing on Celebrity Big Brother. Reid stated just before going into the Big Brother house that he did not have a brawl with Bowers.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Reid began dating English glamour model Katie Price on 17 July 2009, thus becoming embroiled in intense publicity in Britain following Price's divorce from Peter Andre.[11][12] It was claimed by Price on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in November 2009 that the relationship "was over", though not long afterwards it appeared to remain intact.[13] On 2 February 2010, Reid and Price married in Las Vegas.[14] On 18 January 2011, Price announced they had separated.[15] Reid's occasional cross-dressing as female alter-ego "Roxanne" was cited by Price as a factor in the split. However, Reid was engaged to glamour model and fellow Celebrity Big Brother winner Chantelle Houghton after proposing live on the RTE programme The Saturday Night Show a few months later.

On 15 November 2011, Houghton confirmed that she was pregnant with the couple's first child. On 17 June 2012, Reid confirmed Houghton had given birth to a daughter. Dolly Reid.[16][17]

Reid came out as bisexual in an interview on 14 January 2010.[18]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–9–1 (1) Sam Boo Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 11 December 1, 2012 3 5:00 Birmingham, England
Win 9–9–1 (1) Jason Barrett Submission (triangle choke) UCMMA 22 August 6, 2011 1 2:19 London, England Won the 'Super Middleweight' Title.
Loss 8–9–1 (1) Tom Watson Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 4 September 25, 2010 5 5:00 Birmingham, England For the BAMMA Middleweight Championship.
Loss 8–8–1 (1) Matt Ewin Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 23 September 22, 2007 3 5:00 London, England For the Cage Rage British Middleweight Championship.
Loss 8–7–1 (1) Murilo Rua TKO (cut) Cage Rage 21 April 21, 2007 1 0:28 London, England
Loss 8–6–1 (1) Xavier Foupa-Pokam Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 19 December 9, 2006 2 5:00 London, England
Loss 8–5–1 (1) Tony Fryklund Submission (heel hook) Cage Rage 18 September 30, 2006 1 1:32 London, England
Loss 8–4–1 (1) Dave Menne Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 16 April 22, 2006 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 8–3–1 (1) Jason Tan Decision (split) WCFC: No Guts No Glory March 18, 2006 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Draw 8–2–1 (1) Daijiro Matsui Draw (majority) Cage Rage 14 December 3, 2005 3 5:00 London, England
Win 8–2 (1) Kyosuke Sasaki TKO (doctor stoppage) Cage Rage 12 July 2, 2005 1 5:00 London, England
Loss 7–2 (1) Jorge Rivera KO (strikes) Cage Rage 10 February 26, 2005 1 0:41 London, England
Win 7–1 (1) Tulio Palhares Submission (triangle choke) Cage Rage 9 November 27, 2004 1 1:17 London, England
Loss 6–1 (1) Mark Weir TKO (cut) Extreme Brawl 6 March 21, 2004 2 N/A Bracknell, England
Win 6–0 (1) Jean-François Lénogue Submission (triangle choke) Extreme Brawl 5 December 22, 2003 1 N/A Bracknell, England
Win 5–0 (1) Mark Day TKO (strikes) Extreme Brawl 2 March 30, 2003 2 N/A Bracknell, England
Win 4–0 (1) Matt Ewin Submission (ankle lock) Extreme Brawl 1 December 15, 2002 2 N/A Bracknell, England
NC 3–0 (1) Jean Silva No Contest (cage malfunction) Millennium Brawl 8 September 22, 2002 3 N/A High Wycombe, England
Win 3–0 Mark Singleton KO (punch) Yorkshire Fight Night April 29, 2001 1 2:00 Yorkshire, England
Win 2–0 Kieron McEntee Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Fight Night December 9, 2000 N/A N/A High Wycombe, England
Win 1–0 Rosaire Letapin Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Pancrase UK November 25, 2000 N/A N/A High Wycombe, England

Kickboxing record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 3–1 England Rodney Moore Decision (unanimous) AKUMA MMA 30 March 2014 3 3:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 3–0 England Jack Mason Decision (unanimous) UCMMA 7 - Mayhem 19 September 2009 3 3:00 London, England Defends UK1 Middleweight Championship.
Win 2–0 England Jake Bostwick KO (right knee) UCMMA 5 - Heat 11 July 2009 1 1:55 London, England Won UK1 Middleweight Championship.
Win 1–0 England John Maguire Decision (unanimous) UCMMA 2 - Unbreakable 7 February 2009 3 3:00 London, England

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 8 Out of 10 Cats, 17 June 2011
  2. ^ "Celebrity bbspy". bbspy.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  3. ^ UK1 kickboxing middleweight champion. BlurayMMA.com (2010-01-06). Retrieved on 2 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Alex Reid vs Tom Watson". Bamma.net. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Alex Reid Postpones Fight". Alexreid.org.uk. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Alex Reid Retires". Fullmount.co.uk. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Alex Reid's MMA comeback: Why BAMMA must ensure his return is a credible one". mirror.co.uk. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  8. ^ "Why Alex Reid's return gives him the chance to bury the ghost of celebrity and become credible again". mirror.co.uk. 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  9. ^ http://www.kingdommma.co.uk/2014/04/ucmma-39-fight-card.html
  10. ^ "Katie Price's boyfriend Alex Reid denies fight claims". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 4 January 2010. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Price spends night with ex-soap actor". 26 July 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Katie Price likes it rough! Dating MMA fighter Alex Reid!". Moejackson.com. 13 August 2009. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Sara Nathan and Kate Loveys (24 November 2011). "I'm A Celebrity: Katie Price dumps Alex Reid live on air... hours after he flies to Australia to propose". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Model Katie Price married Alex Reid in Vegas". BBC News. 2 February 2010. 
  15. ^ Sheridan, Emily; Nathan, Sara (19 January 2011). "'We all make mistakes and this was one': Katie Price FINALLY confirms split from Alex Reid". Daily Mail (London). 
  16. ^ "Katie Price's boyfriend Alex Reid admits he enjoys cross-dressing". The Evening Standard. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  17. ^ Vernon, Polly (18 April 2010). "Alex Reid: actor, cage-fighter, and Mr Katie Price". The Observer. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  18. ^ http://entertainme.excite.co.uk/alex-reid-says-hes-a-trisexual-N9141.html
  19. ^ [1].Retrieved on 8 August 2011.

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Preceded by
Ulrika Jonsson
Celebrity Big Brother UK Winner
Series 7 (2010)
Succeeded by
Paddy Doherty