Born in San Antonio, Alex Gilpin grew up wrestling undersized for his age alongside UFC’s Alex Hernandez before competing collegiately at the University of Wisconsin. Young and immature during his college days, Alex didn’t see a future in wrestling and ultimately felt the weekly weight cut took a toll on his body.
With no money to be made in wrestling, Alex decided to stay in Wisconsin after quitting the sport to focus on MMA. Today, he is a contender in PFL’s featherweight division and drew last season’s champion, Lance Palmer, in the main event of his promotional debut.
Before signing with the Professional Fighters League, Gilpin was seen on season two of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, where he won via submission in round 2. Although he did not receive a UFC contract, Gilpin decided to wait for a last minute call-up while healing from an injury. But it never came.
“I can complete with any featherweight on this planet.”
Some fighters take the easy road to the UFC and Alex feels there are many Contender Series alumni with padded records that get exposed when they debut on the big stage. Because of this, Gilpin has always fought and wants to continue fighting the best in his division. He gets to do just that this season with the PFL.
Although UFC is no longer the priority, Gilpin would still like to compete for them in the future. For now, he is fully focused on becoming a millionaire and world champion by winning the featherweight tournament.
Listen to our full interview with Alex Gilpin on The Scrap’s official SoundCloud: