MMA Prospect Watch: Alexander Crispim’s Confidence is Key to His UFC Dreams

May 9, 2011
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Alex Crispim sticking his fist in AJ Fonseca's face

Alex Crispim sticking his fist in AJ Fonseca's face

The goal for a majority of mixed martial artists is to get to the big stage; the Broadway of the fight game, if you will. Those on the amateur level dream of one day being on the UFC’s roster, as do those already fighting on the professional circuit.

Some get to the top of the MMA world, but let’s be honest in saying a very small percentage of fighters make it to the big stage. It’s not an easy road to travel, and not everyone is built for the journey from “point A” to “point success.”

Some, though, have a hunger that outweighs whatever stress they experience when climbing the MMA mountain. Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Alexander Crispim is one of those hungry fighters that, after nearly two decades of training, is still looking for his piece of the pie.

“I’ve been training for 18 years,” Crispim told MMAWeekly.com. “I got into jiu-jitsu when I was 16 years old at the Gracie Academy.”

While in Brazil as a youth, Crispim began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu because he, admittedly, lacked a bit of confidence in himself and wanted to use the art form to “pick himself up.” After watching the competition and experiencing training first-hand, he discovered that jiu-jitsu was what he needed in order to complete himself and have a good time with life.

Fighters have different reasons for doing what they do. Some fell into fighting, others have nothing better to do. Crispim, however, fights for the simple joy of it, according to him.

“It’s fun,” he said. “I like that rush, that adrenaline to go over there (and) get in the cage and look into the eyes of the other guy and know that he wants to hurt me. But I’m so confident, I know he cannot.”

Though you might not have ever heard of him, Alexander isn’t all that new to the fight game. Beginning his career in 2006 and sporting a 6-2 record, Crispim has had two fights in Strikeforce, while also spending some of his time in other smaller scale leagues. During that time, he kept three goals in mind. One of which was to fight in the UFC some day. The other two involved a more personal touch.

Fortunately, he’s been able to accomplish those two other goals. Now, only the prestige of being a featherweight in the Zuffa-owned mixed martial arts promotion remains.

“When I came to America, I had three dreams I wanted to achieve,” Crispm said. “(To get) to the UFC, have my family, and have my own academy. And I achieved two of them, which is my family and my own academy, so now I’m in the hunt for my UFC debut.”

Fighters such as Jose Aldo, Mark Hominick, and Chad Mendes currently preside over the UFC’s featherweight division. Aldo, of course, is the weight class’ champion, and was recently seen going the full five rounds of his title defense against Hominick at UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields. After a hard-fought battle – and a hematoma on Hominick’s head that looked like Kuato from Total Recall – Aldo retained his title and now awaits his next opponent, which will likely be Mendes at UFC 133 in Philadelphia.

Alexander Crispim sees all these UFC athletes and, thanks to his growing confidence as a mixed martial artist, feels he can compete with any one of them. So grand has his confidence grown, Crispm truly believes he’ll be a champion in the UFC.

If Aldo were to be the one standing in front of him, Crispm’s confidence would not change and he sees himself being very capable of besting the champ.

“Oh, (expletive) yeah, man!” he said when asked if he’d be able to top Aldo. “I believe I’ll be the next featherweight champion in the UFC.”


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  • Tufc2011

    This is a perfect example of a person who is determined and willing to give everything in order to achieve his life long goals and dreams. Alex Crispim is a perfect role model for anyone really. He is constantly working and training as hard as he can. He puts in the time to be the best he can be in every aspect of martial arts and life in general. I am sure he will be in the UFC and he will become the UFC Featherweight champion. The most important thing Alex Crispim has is confidence and drive to be the best at everything he does. Advice for those of you out there who have mma or jiu jitsu dreams myself included, checkout crispimbjj.com or the ufcgym in concord Ca.
    -Thomas Haley (Super Thomas)

  • Hardhitter

    Alex Crispim is one of the most under rated MMA fighters. I have seen this guy grapple, box and wrestle with this best out there. His game is well rounded and he deserves a shot in the UFC! His work ethic and technique is impeccable. Dana White needs to give this guy a chance. Alex is a true professional!

  • F. Flintstone

    Crispim is the most intense person I know. He has an infectuous crazy energy that is uncommon. He has the heart and determination to beat anyone. He deserves a debut to show the world what he is truly capable of. Unleash the Beast!!

    Will, AKA “F. Flintstone “

  • nightmare rob

    Crispim is a very under rated fighter and 100% deserves a shot in the UFC. He is one of the best BJJ instructors in the world and is definitely one of the best people I know. He will do anything for one of his friends and I’m honored to have him as one of mine. Crispim is one of the best well rounded fighters I know and whatever skills he may not possess he makes up for in heart. I’m proud to train with him and to also train him. Give him a shot Dana and you will be glad you did.

  • BLG

    Crispim knows how to make his dreams a reality. He doesn’t just say what he wants to do, he does what he wants to do. I can’t wait to see Crispim fight in the UFC. I know he will be a champion and put on the greatest fights ever. There isn’t anyone else that can draw people in and get them excited for the battle other than Crispim!!

  • http://www.jiujitsuguy.com jzuniga23

    Crispim is pound for pound one of the toughest fighters in the world. Huge heart with tremendous skill and in the prime of his life. He will be a force in the UFC at 145lbs. I can’t WAIT for his UFC debut, I will be there live for sure!!!

  • ajl

    Crispim? A champion? Yes, most definitely! Crispim is one of the most driven people I know!
    Totally well rounded fighter, lots of heart, and ready to rip things up! I’ve known Crispim for years, and this is a dream he’s had for a while. Now that he’s this close, I’m even more excited for him to be in the UFC. Give him a shot, it will be worth it!

  • mactothenab

    Crispim is a beast here in the Bay Area. Been watching him fight for years, I hope to see him on this show. If not then the UFC needs a reality check!

  • dyi23

    Saw this guy fight live at Strikeforce and it was awesome!!!

  • Daniels Friend D

    UFC needs more exciting fighters like this guy and less Heavyweights who gas out and lean on each other for 3 rounds.

  • prscuder

    The ground game is the most important weapon in an MMA fighters arsenal, and 18 years of bjj experience speaks for itself. If this guy doesn’t get a spot on the Ultimate Fighter than it would be a loss for real fight fans,

  • anthonydiwa

    Crispim is an excellent fighter and coach with a work ethic that nobody would ever believe. He is also funny and entertaining as hell. It would be great to see him on the Ultimate Fighter.

  • luckyoshea

    Crispim is an amazing fighter, instructor and has the drive to become the next champion in the UFC. He trains everyday like he is preparing for a title fight and is always ready to fight. I want to see Crispim on the next UFC PPV!

  • bjj4life

    about 20+ years of fighting experience should say something – back in the days as teenager he fought lots of fighters, no gloves, no mouth piece, tournaments, streets lol, – In Rio de Janeiro he was a beast at the very young age along his brother Pedro Lacerda Brandao – RIP). Crispim is a real fighter in life. He has had so many obstacles in his life that today where he is he can fight anyone on his division. Cant wait to see it

  • http://www.legendclothing.net mastercheif

    I’ve been teaching and training with Crispim for a few years now…. And I have to say – he’s one of the most talented and passionate people I know.
    He’s always training and teaching – setting the standard for his students to follow. I’d love to see him make it in the UFC!

  • SuperNick

    Crispim is one of the most passionate, dedicated people I know, he inspires me to work harder and be better every day. He would be an incredible fighter and role model for the UFC and his heart alone would be enough to win him fights. The fact that he has incredible talent makes it all the more reason we need to see him fighting in the UFC sooner than later!!!