Alex Reid (fighter)

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Alex Reid
Reid performing as part of the Wildboyz! tour in May 2012.
Born Alexander Aristides Reid
(1975-07-21) 21 July 1975 (age 40)
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, Chris ' The Wort' Wotton, Mark Weir and Jorge Rivera.

Early life[edit]

Reid was born in Aldershot, Hampshire to Bob and Carol Reid. Alex is the youngest of six siblings.[1] Alex is Scottish on his father's side of the family, hence his common Scottish surname of Reid. In 1991, he 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]


In 1998 Reid studied on the one-year acting course at the Guildford School of Acting, in Surrey.[3]


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 signed with Salopian Films for a new comedy series called For the Love of Ella.[4]

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 participated in mixed martial arts promotions Cage Rage, BAMMA and UCMMA and made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2000.[5]

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 faced 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 Ultimate Challenge MMA. Reid 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.[6] Reid 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.[7] 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.[8] 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 Reid caused further controversy by showing up for the official weigh-ins three hours late.[9]

On 14 May 2011, Reid announced his retirement from MMA at an Cage Rage UK event in London.[10] However, he did not rule out a return to the sport in future. His retirement was short lived, as he accepted a challenge from Jason Barrett.[11] During the weigh-ins the day prior to the 2011 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 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, 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.

In September 2012, Reid was set to return to BAMMA at the 1 December 2012 BAMMA 11 against Sam Boo.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14][15] On 2 February 2010, Reid and Price married in Las Vegas.[16] In January 2011, Price announced they had separated.[17]

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