Alex Chambers

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Alex Chambers
Born Alexandra Chambers
(1978-10-28) 28 October 1978 (age 39)
New South Wales, Australia
Other names Astro Girl[1][2]
Nationality Australian
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)[3]
Weight 115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
Division Strawweight
Atomweight
Reach 63 in (160 cm)[4]
Fighting out of Sydney, Australia
Team VT1 Mixed Martial Arts Academy & Gracie Academy Chatswood
Rank      3rd dan black belt in karate[5]
     Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[5]
Years active 2010–
Mixed martial arts record
Total 9
Wins 5
By knockout 2
By submission 2
By decision 1
Losses 4
By submission 3
By decision 1
University University of Sydney
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alex Chambers is an Australian mixed martial artist who currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and competes in the Strawweight division. She has also fought in Invicta FC.[6][7] She was also a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned.[8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Chambers started learning karate when she was a child. By the time she was in university, she held a 3rd dan in karate and was competing on an international stage.[9]

Chambers discovered her first (and current) MMA gym through the MMA Underground Forums. Under her gym's tutelage, she was able to become a BJJ national champion before she made her professional MMA debut in May 2010 for the Rize promotion in Australia. It was the first female MMA bout to ever take place in New South Wales state history. She won her debut as well as a subsequent bout which happened around two months later.

After a period of dormancy in 2011, Chambers returned in March 2012 to fight for the Jewels promotion in Japan. She faced Mizuki Inoue and lost the fight via submission. Chambers then returned to Australia to fight in the Brace For War promotion where she was featured as main event on Brace's first ever all female card. She defeated Mika Nagano by TKO on the card.

Invicta Fighting championships[edit]

In 2013, Chambers signed with the Invicta FC promotion. She made her US debut on 5 April 2013 at Invicta FC 5 in an atomweight bout. She defeated Jodie Esquibel by submission early in the first round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

On 11 December 2013, it was announced that Chambers was signed by the UFC along with ten other strawweight fighters to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned, which will crown the first ever UFC strawweight champion.[10]

In the first episode, it was revealed that the UFC had seeded the fighters. Chambers was seeded 10th of 16 fighters and was paired with the no. 7 seed, Rose Namajunas. Namajunas was picked fourth by Team Melendez, thereby sending Chambers to Team Pettis. In their fight, she lost the bout via submission in the first round.

After TUF[edit]

In her first fight after The Ultimate Fighter, Chambers faced Aisling Daly at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale on 12 December 2014.[11] She lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Chambers faced Kailin Curran on 10 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65.[12] After losing the first two rounds, Chambers came back in the third round to win via submission.[13] The win also earned Chambers her first Performance of the Night bonus award.[14]

Chambers faced Paige VanZant on September 5, 2015 at UFC 191. She lost the fight via submission in the third round.[15]

Chambers faced Nadia Kassem at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura on 19 November 2017 in Sydney, Australia.[16] At the weight-ins, Kassem weighed in at 120 pounds, 4 pounds over the strawweight upper limit of 116 pounds. The bout proceeded at a catchweight and Kassem forfeited 30% of her purse to Chambers.[17] Chambers lost the fight by unanimous decision.[18]

Chambers is scheduled to face Livia Renata Souza on Septebmber 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Before becoming a professional MMA fighter, Chambers attended the University of Sydney where she did a double degree in science and mechatronics engineering. Chambers aspired to become an astrophysicist or a robotics engineer before discovering her love for MMA.[9][20]

Chambers trained at the same gym as fellow UFC fighter and TUF alumni Richard Walsh for seven years.[21]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 5–4 Nadia Kassem Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura November 19, 2017 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia Catchweight (120 lbs) bout; Kassem missed weight.
Loss 5–3 Paige VanZant Submission (armbar) UFC 191 September 5, 2015 3 1:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–2 Kailin Curran Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt May 10, 2015 3 3:15 Adelaide, Australia Performance of the Night.
Loss 4–2 Aisling Daly Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale December 12, 2014 1 4:53 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Strawweight; Daly missed weight (118 lbs).
Win 4–1 Jodie Esquibel Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 1 1:35 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Atomweight debut.
Win 3–1 Mika Nagano TKO (knee and punches) BFW 17: Brace Girls October 27, 2012 1 0:42 Southport, Australia
Loss 2–1 Mizuki Inoue Submission (armbar) Jewels 18th Ring March 3, 2012 1 4:32 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 Claire Fryer TKO (punches) Rize 6: Defiance July 31, 2010 1 2:57 Chandler, Australia
Win 1–0 Jessica Tolhurst Decision (unanimous) Rize 5: Revolution May 29, 2010 3 3:00 Chandler, Australia

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Rose Namajunas Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned 5 November 2014 (airdate) 1 4:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Elimination round

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An Astrophysicist from Australia is the Lightest Fighter in UFC History". Vice. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Alex Chambers joins The Ultimate Fighter". The News. Adelaide. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fight Card – UFC 191 Johnson vs. Dodson 2". UFC.com. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Alex Chambers Awakening Profile". Awakeningfighters.com. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  5. ^ a b "TUF Fighter: Alex Chambers". UFC.com. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Alex Chambers: WMMA's next big thing". Fight. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cage fighting draws fighting to the ring". ABC News. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Knockout MMA fighter Alex Chambers stars in first all-female Ultimate Fighter reality series". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "She's a trained astrophysicist from Sydney who's become the first female fighter from Australia to be signed by the UFC. So who exactly is 24-year-old Alex Chambers?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Dave Reid (11 December 2013). "UFC Announce Plans for Strawweight Division with TUF 20, Signings of Several Invicta FC Roster Confirmed". MMAInsider.net. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Matt Erickson (11 December 2013). "TUF 20 Finale adds six fights in Las Vegas, including Herrig-Ellis, Torres-Magana". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Staff (17 February 2015). "UFC Fight Night 65 official for Australia with Hunt-Miocic, Tavares-Whittaker, more". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Steven Marrocco (10 May 2015). "UFC Fight Night 65 results: Alex Chambers pulls off comeback submission of Kailin Curran". mmajunkie.com. 
  14. ^ Staff (2015-05-10). "UFC Fight Night 65 bonuses: With 10 finishes in 12 fights, who got $50,000?". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  15. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-09-05). "UFC 191 results, highlights: Paige VanZant dominates, taps Alex Chambers with armbar". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  16. ^ "Alex Chambers keert eindelijk terug tegen Nadia Kassem tijdens UFC Sydney". MMA DNA (in Dutch). 2017-08-24. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  17. ^ "UFC Fight Night 121 official weigh-in results: Headliner set, but four fighters heavy". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-18. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  18. ^ "UFC Fight Night 121 results: Nadia Kassem goes the distance to top gritty Alex Chambers". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19. 
  19. ^ DNA, MMA. "Livia Renata Souza maakt UFC debuut in São Paulo tegen Alex Chambers". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-06-27. 
  20. ^ "Alex Chambers forgoes a robotics career for a life inside the Octagon". News.com.au. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  21. ^ Murray, Oliver. "VT1 Academy fighters Richard Walsh and Alex Chambers take step closer to Ultimate Fighting Championship dreams", The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, 16 December 2013. Retrieved on 23 July 2014.

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