Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Alejandro “El Gallito” Flores.
The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 4, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.
The event takes place on Tuesday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US.
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NAME: Alejandro Flores
FULL NAME: Alejandro Flores Garcia
NICKNAME: Alejandro “El Gallito” Flores
WEIGHT CLASS: Featherweight
AGE: 29 years old – 8/6/91
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11, 145
LEG REACH: –
BIRTHPLACE: Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
FIGHTING OUT OF: Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Spanish, English
STYLE: Striking / Wrestling
TRAINER: Mike Valle
STRENGTHS: Athletic, mentality and Fight IQ
TRAINING: Monday: I wake up at 5:30 am, drink some coffee and run with the team 4 miles. I
finish and go straight for a protein shake; at 8:00 am my breakfast is oatmeal with peanut butter.
I train 2 sessions in MMA from 10:30 to 12:00. I eat fruit, rest, eat at 2:30 pm, then I rest again,
snack at 5:00 pm, have some coffee and do three striking training sessions from 6:00 pm to 7:30
pm. I go home, I bathe, I have dinner, I take a little rehab in my legs and I fall asleep to be ready
the next day.
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 17-2
Thoughts on opponent, Rafael Alves? I think is a good opponent. He has experience and is a good striker, a good grappler, and he looks strong. But let’s see if he is stronger and smarter than me.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in taekwondo and American football when I was young, like four years old, both at the same time. I think that gave me a strong mind and gave me the competitive spirit. In 2010, I started with kickboxing, then I translated to MMA. I started MMA just to learn it, then this sport turned into my job, and finally I’m here to compete at the highest level.
What ranks and titles have you held? Two-time 145 national champ in my country. 155 national champ
Do you have any heroes? My Father
What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means a very big step in my career; it is one of the achievements that I want to make in my life.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, I finished my studies as an industrial engineer at the same time that I started competing in MMA, but I decided for the sports career because I see that I belong to the sport and that life is short, so I need to take advantage and show the world what I have for sports. But I know that I will always have a school background as an engineer and that will always be another perfect option.
What was your job before you started fighting? Family business (truck line)
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I won a pair of tournaments in Sanda.
Favorite grappling technique: Control, arm triangle.
Favorite Striking technique: left hook and knee
Twitter account name: @gallitoflores91
Facebook account: Alejandro Gallito Flores
Instagram account: Alejandrofloresmma
OTHER KEY POINTS:
- Pro since 2013
- Six wins by KO, two by submission (Brabo choke, undisclosed submission)
- Six first round finishes
- Has won nine of his last 10 and two in a row
- Holds 2016 win over UFC vet Rodolfo Rubio (WUD3)
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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