World Champion Cosmo Alexandre Talks Blackzilians, Dumping Pro Soccer Career, and Lion 15 Main Event

Fight NightBy Frank Curreri

Brazil-born Cosmo Alexandre is a Muay Thai World Champion who battles Canadian phenom Mark Holst in the Lion Fight 15 main event on May 23. Like Holst – who also fights MMA and has fought in the UFC – Alexandre has racked up a 6-1 record in MMA while training with the renowned “Blackzilians” in Florida.

Here is the 32-year-old Alexandre in his own words:

Cosmo is my real first name. I’ve never met anyone in America or Brazil with the same name! Lol. There’s only one. I’m named after my grandfather.

I’ve lived in America for four years. I came to train wrestling and fight MMA. I had to train wrestling because, of course, most of my opponents will try to take me down. Some of my training partners are Rashad Evans, Anthony Johnson, Vitor Belfort, Michael Johnson and Abel Trujillo.

I love fighting Muay Thai – I’ve been training it for 13 years. I’ve tasted success in Muay Thai; I won the WPMF World Championship and the King’s Cup Challenger in Thailand, and a number of other titles as well. I’ve had 56 pro fights – 41 wins, 14 losses and 1 draw. I have a 6-1 record in MMA.

I live in Delray Beach in South Florida. It’s about 45, 50 minutes from Miami but I never go to Miami because it’s too big for me! So I just train and go to the beach, that’s it.

I was a professional soccer player and I started training Muay Thai when I was 18 just for the stretching, really. I kept training Muay Thai and playing soccer professionally but one day I had to choose: I don’t know why but I chose fighting.

My opponent at Lion Fight 15, Mark Holst, is a good striker who has more of a kickboxing style and good cardio. He has a different style than you normally see. It’s going to be a hard fight and we’ll see what happens.

I never choose my opponents, I just fight who they tell me to.

Normally Muay Thai fighters don’t talk trash a lot before a fight, we just go and fight. But normally in MMA fights, guys talk trash to sell the fight, but I don’t like that. I don’t need to say anything bad about my opponent, I just fight.