Alex Nicholson (fighter)

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Alex Nicholson
Born (1990-05-02) May 2, 1990 (age 29)
Apopka, Florida, United States
Other namesSpartan[1]
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, United States
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight220.6 lb (100.1 kg; 15.76 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach77.5 in (197 cm)
TeamAmerican Top Team Orlando
UFC Gym Winter Springs
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Tae Kwon Do[3]
Years active2014–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout12
By submission1
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision3
Amateur record
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alexander Nicholson (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division of the Professional Fighters League. A professional competitor since 2014, he has competed for the UFC and Legacy Fighting Alliance.[1]


Born and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicholson played basketball growing up before being introduced to martial arts and boxing. In boxing, he was a Florida Golden Gloves Champion, as well as a state amateur Muay Thai champion, in which he was undefeated.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After an amateur career in 2012 and 2013 where he held a record of 3-6, Nicholson made his professional MMA debut in February 2014. He amassed a record of 6 wins against 1 loss before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Nicholson made his UFC debut on February 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson. He faced Misha Cirkunov on the card and lost the fight via submission in the second round.

In his second fight for the promotion, Nicholson faced Devin Clark in a Middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker on July 13, 2016. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.

In his third fight for the promotion, Nicholson faced Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson on November 5, 2016. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

In his fourth fight for the promotion, Nicholson faced Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira on May 28, 2017. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. Subsequent to this fight, Nicholson was released from the promotion.

Professional Fighters League[edit]

In June 2018, Nicholson entered into the $1 million Heavyweight tournament held by Professional Fighters League. He faced |Jake Heun in the opening round at PFL 1 on June 7, 2018. He won the fight via knockout due to a flying knee in the second round.

Professional boxing[edit]

Nicholson made his professional boxing debut in 2015, a KO win. He fought again two months later and lost via KO to Simon Kean, a currently undefeated French Canadian fighter.[5]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 13 wins 8 losses
By knockout 12 4
By submission 1 1
By decision 0 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–8 Francimar Barroso Decision (unanimous) PFL 3 June 6, 2019 3 5:00 Uniondale, New York, United States
Loss 13–7 Josh Copeland KO (punch) PFL 8 October 5, 2018 1 1:27 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States 2018 PFL Heavyweight Semifinal bout.
Win 13–6 Jack May TKO (leg kick and punches) 1 2:03 2018 PFL Heavyweight Quarterfinal bout.
Loss 12–6 Philipe Lins TKO (punches) PFL 4 July 19, 2018 2 3:39 Uniondale, New York, United States
Win 12–5 Jake Heun KO (flying knee) PFL 1 June 7, 2018 2 0:58 New York City, New York, United States
Win 11–5 Ricco Rodriguez TKO (punches) AFC 24: CamSoda Legends April 26, 2018 1 1: 27 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Return to Heavyweight.
Loss 10-5 Ryan Spann KO (punches) Legacy Fighting Alliance 32 January 26, 2018 1 4:24 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States For LFA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 10-4 Daniel Madrid TKO (punches) Iron Boy MMA 9 November 18, 2017 1 1:42 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Middleweight bout.
Win 9-4 Chris Barnett KO (elbow) Island Fights 42 October 14, 2017 1 0:40 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 8-4 Demoreo Dennis KO (elbow) Next Level Fight Club 8 September 16, 2017 1 1:06 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States Return to Heavyweight.
Loss 7-4 Jack Hermansson TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira May 28, 2017 1 2:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 7-3 Sam Alvey Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson November 5, 2016 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 7-2 Devin Clark KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker July 13, 2016 1 4:57 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States Return to Middleweight.
Loss 6-2 Misha Cirkunov Submission (neck crank) UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson February 6, 2016 2 1:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 6–1 Chaz Morgan TKO Island Fights 34 August 1, 2015 1 4:03 Pensacola, Florida, United States Won Island Fights Heavyweight Championship.
Win 5–1 Dillon Cleckler KO (spinning back fist) Island Fights 33 March 28, 2015 2 1:34 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 4–1 Ronnie Phillips TKO (head kick and punches) Florida Championship Fighting January 30, 2015 1 4:08 Fern Park, Florida, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 3–1 Chase Sherman TKO (spinning back fist) Island Fights 31 December 5, 2014 1 N/A Pensacola, Florida, United States Heavyweight debut.
Win 2–1 Derrick Brown Submission (neck crank) Top Alliance Combat 3 September 6, 2014 1 4:56 McDonough, Georgia, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Loss 1–1 Mark Inge Decision (unanimous) Top Alliance Combat 1 April 12, 2014 3 5:00 McDonough, Georgia, United States
Win 1–0 Baraq Hunter KO Island Fights 27 February 8, 2014 1 0:37 Pensacola, Florida, United States


  1. ^ a b "Alex Nicholson going full 'Spartan' at LFA 32: 'I'm going to kick him right into the well'". 26 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Alex Nicholson picks up heavyweight win, aims for UFC return". 17 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Alex Nicholson - Official UFC® Profile".
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