How did it feel to have the entire crowd chanting your name at your UFC debut?
To be honest I don’t take much notice of the chants till after my fight, when the job in front of me is done. Before the fight I purely focus on what’s in front of me. When all is said and done and I’m getting my hand raised, that’s when I can take it all in and the support is overwhelming.
Who or what influenced you to start in MMA?
As a career choice, I’ve always wanted to be a professional athlete. I was a rugby league player but knew I was not going to make the big time there. I love All aspects of martial arts, especially MMA (UFC), I was a huge fan for years and dreamed of being a part of it for a long time. I knew MMA was something I could not only be successful in, but I believe I’ve definitely got a shot at being champion one day.
For how long have you been involved in MMA?
Believe it or not but I only a tarted Mma training about six years ago, which is pretty impressive considering how far I’ve come so quickly. I have a wrestling background from my early teens, then moved onto rugby league for years, and finally found my home with MMA.
What has been your greatest challenge so far?
Struggling financially while trying to get that UFC contract, the family and I literally put everything on hold while I chased that dream. It’s still early days and while it’s not yet financially rewarding, I’m here and I’m here to stay so it will all be worth it in a few more years.
And your greatest achievement?
So far that would definitely have to be securing the UFC contract with a TKO 2nd round victory, in front of a home crowd at my debut fight in November 2016.
What is the one indulgence you just can’t live without?
Cheat meals! The only thing that gets me through the strict dieting every week of the year. My wife and I get alot of enjoyment planning out what we’re going to indulge in on a Saturday night!
What has been your worst injury on the ring?
In my first professional fight in 2012 I broke my hand. It needed surgery with pins and screws, which had me out of full contact for a while, So I got married instead!
What is next for Alexander the Great?
Fight, fight, fight!! I love this sport but I love my family more and I’m doing this for a living so I need to fight as often as possible to make the dollars!