Name: Adi Alec
Fighting out of: American Top Team (Coconut Creek)
For 27 year old Bosnia and Herzegovina native Adi Alic the UFC seems a foregone conclusion, the 6-1 promising featherweight has his sights set on joining Elvis Mutapcic, Damir Hadzovic and American Top Team teammate Mirsad Bektic as the fourth fighter to represent B&H under the UFC banner.
The hype surrounding this Coconut Creek based fighter is well deserved, his recent fights in the murder’s row that is the Florida fight circuit have more than just the locals taking notice of the young fighters talent. At 5’10” Alic has a height advantage over the majority of featherweights, an advantage that he utilizes masterfully in his stand up. He owns a flying knee knockout, but prefers to use his stand up to soften up his opponents to get them to the ground where he really shines. On the mat Alic is submission wizard, he has an extremely active and dangerous guard, accompanied by an air tight top game with excellent back control.
Alic immigrated to the U.S from his native Sarajevo as a child. Raised in Baltimore, he discovered mma at a very young age and knew from the moment he watched his first UFC VHS that he was going to be a fighter. Adi is part of the first generation that has trained in all styles of combat since day one, he was a high school wrestler and amateur boxer in his teens but when he decided to embark on his mma journey he turned to Renzo Gracie black belt John Rallo and his Ground Control fight team.
Under Rallo, Alic racked up a 4-0 amateur record, submitting all four of his opponents and collecting two titles along the way. In 2012 Alic decided to go pro and was booked to fight in Maryland based promotion Shogun Fights against 33 year old local Michael Young. When the 23 year old stepped into the cage for the first time he showed no signs of first fight jitters knocking out his opponent in 1:14 of the first round (see video below). He followed his debut up with two more victories both first round submissions. At this point it was clear Adi was a premier talent, so prior to his fourth pro fight Adi made the decision to take his talents to South Beach (or just north of it) to train with the legendary American Top Team.
Now training with the best in the world Alic fought once more in the Shogun Fights promotion and once more submitted his opponent in the first round. At 4-0 with four first round submissions Alic next signed with the late, great Howard Davis Jr’s Fight Time Promotions. In his first fight under the new banner Adi was matched up against fellow undefeated prospect and member of rival gym the “Blackzilians”, Irwin Rivera. Alic and Rivera put on a unforgettable war, Alic dropped Rivera twice in their back and forth exchanges and by the third round the canvas was cover in blood. Rivera opened a nasty cut over Alic’s eye that helped sway the judges into awarding Rivera the controversial decision. Adi bounced back nicely with two wins over quality opponents bringing his pro record to 6-1.
Many in the fight community thought Adi would be fighting in the UFC by now, but in his past few fights he has grown immensely as a fighter, and proven he is a true all around mixed martial artist. Still only 27, Adi will be coming into his fighting prime within a couple of years and if he continues to perform at the same level, the question will not be whether or not he will get the call from UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby, the question will be when.