“I’m Back, And I’m Looking to Take Over”



Alex Montagnani is back with a vengeance as he made his long-awaited return to Mixed

Martial Arts inside the Civic Hall in Essex at Celtic Gladiator 12.

From time to time we are presented with a prospect who reminds us all why we love MMA. A fighter

who you will follow through every one of their fights, and by the end of each bout you find yourself

one the edge of your seat going … WOW! Alex Montagnani is that next prospect. The young, fresh

and exciting fighter holds a collection of finishes that any knockout artist would be proud to slap

their name on. Upon making his return, Alex has successfully reminded the world why he is one to

watch. He’s not one for the future, he’s here now. He’s back.

When Alex was asked about how it felt to make his return, he said: “It feels amazing making my

return to MMA after such a long break. It was just amazing stepping back in the cage, amazing

having the crowd watching me. Throwing down like a true warrior, that’s what I miss the most. I like

showing that heart, that determination. When I’m in that cage it makes me feel alive.”

Alex was forced to have a two-year break from the sport due to injury. However, when he made his

long-awaited return to MMA at Celtic Gladiator 12, he looked like he’d never left.


Alex began his fight in typical fashion, he looked dangerous on his feet. After he secured a body lock

on his opponent, Shaun Lomas, he took him for a ride. They hit the ground and Alex remained in

control, keeping busy with some dangerous ground and pound. Alex was in charge for the duration

of that round. Although, in the last minute of the first round, Lomas escaped a triangle choke

attempt from Alex, but before Alex could return to his feet, Lomas soccer kicked him in the head. An

obvious illegal blow that temporarily stopped the fight and a strike that would have finished any

other fighter. Not Alex. He showed admirable heart and determination, as he got to his feet and

finished the round.

After he received such a devastating blow to the head, Alex dug deep into the second round.

Astonishingly, a flurry of fierce strikes from Alex dropped Shaun inside the first minute of the second

round. He pounced on his opponent with another barrage of strikes, however, Shaun did well to

defend the onslaught. Alex again spent the round in complete control, he cleverly wore his

opponent down and was unlucky not to secure an anaconda choke midway through the second


Alex spent the final round of the fight in complete control. He finished strong and deservedly got his

hand raised at the end of the fight. A contest that has earned him a new influx of fans, respect and

maybe a headache! However, if Alex can win a fight after he received a soccer kick to the head,

There’s no limit to this man’s potential.

Watch full fight here

When he was asked about the illegal blow in the first round, he said: “‘I had to really dig deep after

the soccer kick because I don’t remember the fight. That’s how much trouble I was in I don’t

remember anything. I remember walking around afterwards and talking to one of my coaches and

they said that kick to your head on the floor must have hurt and I said what kick? That’s how bad it


He continued: ““I think I just went into autopilot, and if I’m doing that on autopilot after

suffering a soccer kick to the head that’d probably knock most people out. I can’t wait to show you

lot what I’m gonna do when I’m fully functioning. “

After his performance, Alex was asked about his future plans now he has returned to MMA. He said:

“You’re gonna see my name floating around again in the top spots, 100%. You’re gonna see those

highlight knockout finishes that I usually provide”. “I can’t wait to do as many shows as possible, I

wanna show all my fans, all the MMA shows, any doubters out there that I’m back”

Alex, after a performance like that, doubters won’t be an issue. Welcome back.

Twitter @alex_montagnani – Instagram @a.thegreat – Facebook @alexmontagnanimma


Written by Toby Clarke



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