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Alexander Van Zandt (born April 28, 1981 ) is a Dutch mixed martial arts fighter and kickboxer.

Early MMA CareerEdit

Van Zandt usually trains in the Netherlands but sometimes comes to California to train in Brazilian Jui Jitsu under various coaches. One of his main training parnters is fellow Netherland native and former UFC fighter Antoni Hardonk. And is also a former training partner of current UFC prospect Patrick Barry. Van Zandt is known for his explosive stiking and spectacular takedown defense. He started his MMA career fighting in the Netherlands winning titles at Welterweight and Lightweight. After the organiztion went under, he temporarily moved to The United States for more competitive competition.

Career with Grand Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

After the move the the US, Van Zandt signed a multi-fight contract with the small based Louisiana organization Grand Fighting Championships in its lightweight division. His first fight was against former collegiate wrestling standout Zeke Harris. The fight ended early with Van Zandt landing a punch that staggered Harris to the ground which prompted the referee to stop the fight. The crowd and other GFC officials felt the ref prematurely stopped the bout. Harris was granted an immediate rematch a few months later which Harris won via contreversial split decision that many felt Van Zandt won. This time Van Zandt was awarded an immediate rematch which he lossed again via contreversial split decision. Because of the popularity the previous matchups gained for GFC, yet another immediate matchup was to take place. This time, Van Zandt dominated the fight that ended with him winning by guillotine choke in the second round. A few fights later Van Zandt captured the GFC lightweight title and beat Harris one more time by knockout before he left the organization to fight in Japan after his contract ended with GFC.

MMA Career in JapanEdit

Alexander was offered a contract to fight in the newly formed MMA organization Great Glory grand prix in Japan. Van Zandt cruised through the tournament winning the grand prix event. He is currently a free agent and is hoping to fight in the US for a bigger organization.

Record controversyEdit

Up until recently many believed that Van Zandt's MMA bouts have been profesional fights. Though it has been confirmed that he is an amateur fighter. Though having many offers to fight professionally, he has stated that he feels that in order to have a great professional career, he feels that he must establish himself as a prominent amateur fighter. Alexander is hoping to make his professional debut for a more well known organization.

Amateur Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 19-2 Japan flag Tanaka Katashi TKO (Corner Stoppage) Great Glory: Grand Prix Lightweight Final 02009-
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December 31, 2009
1 5:00 Japan flag Saitama, Japan Won GG Lightweight Grand Prix
Win 18-2 Japan flag Juro Ito Decision (Unanimous) Great Glory: Grand Prix 1 02009-
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July 4, 2009
2 5:00 Japan flag Saitama, Japan GG Grand Prix Lightweight Semifinal Round
Win 17-2 Japan flag Hitoshi Fujii Decision (Majority) Great Glory: Grand Prix 1 02009-
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July 4, 2009
2 5:00 Japan flag Saitama, Japan GG Grand Prix Lightweight Quarterfinal Round
Win 16-2 Japan flag Daisuke Sasaki KO (Head Kick) Great Glory: Grand Prix 1 02009-
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July 4, 2009
1 0:22 Japan flag Saitama, Japan GG Grand Prix Lightweight Opening Round
Win 15-2 Mexico flag Miguel de Santiago KO (Head Kick) GFC 15: Van Sandt vs.de Santiago II 02009-
January
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January 31, 2009
1 0:53 United States flag New Orleans, Louisiana, US Defended GFC Lightweight Championship; Later vacated title to fight in Japan
Win 14-2 United States flag Zeke Harris KO (Up Kick) GFC 13: For the Title 02008-
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November 30, 2008
1 1:01 United States flag New Orleans, Louisiana, US Defended GFC Lightweight Championship
Win 13-2 Mexico flag Miguel de Santiago TKO (Punches) GFC 9: Van Sandt vs.de Santiago 02008-
August
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August 12, 2008
5 4:54 United States flag New Orleans, Louisiana, US Won the GFC Lightweight Championship
Win 12-2 United States flag Brett Coker Decision (Unanimous) GFC 7: Heavyweight Collision 02008-
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May 5, 2008
3 5:00 United States flag New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Win 11-2 United States flag Zeke Harris Submission (Guillotine Choke) GFC 5: Harris vs. Van Zandt 4: The Final Chapter 02008-
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March 18, 2008
2 2:12 United States flag New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Loss 10-2 United States flag Zeke Harris Decision (split) GFC 3: Harris vs. Van Zandt III 02007-
December
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December 15, 2007
3 5:00 United States flag New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Loss 10-1 United States flag Zeke Harris Decision (split) GFC 2: Lightweight Tournament 02007-
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September 18, 2007
3 5:00 United States flag New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Win 10-0 United States flag Zeke Harris TKO (punch) GFC 1: The Beginning 02007-
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April 27, 2007
1 0:12 United States flag New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Win 9-0 Netherlands flag Abraham Vogel TKO (Punches) NMMA 23 02007-
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February 7, 2007
1 1:02 Netherlands flag Netherlands Defended NMMA Lightweight Title; This event was the last NMMA event
Win 8-0 Netherlands flag Bas Hardonk KO (Head Kick) NMMA 21 02006-
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November 19, 2006
1 0:17 Netherlands flag Netherlands Defended NMMA Lightweight Title
Win 7-0 Netherlands flag Agnes Apte KO (punch) NMMA 18 02006-
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August 25, 2006
1 0:23 Netherlands flag Netherlands Won NMMA Lightweight Title
Win 6-0 Netherlands flag Alwin Bleeker TKO (Kicks) NMMA 16 02006-
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June 5, 2006
1 1:54 Netherlands flag Netherlands Defended NMMA Welterweight Title; Later vacated title to fight at Lightweight
Win 5–0 Netherlands flag Alfred Vrooman TKO (Leg Kicks) NMMA 14 02006-
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February 18, 2006
1 3:15 Netherlands flag Netherlands Defended NMMA Welterweight Title
Win 4–0 Russia flag Aleksandir Magomedov KO (punch) NMMA 11 02005-
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December 9, 2005
1 2:01 Netherlands flag Netherlands Won NMMA Welterweight Title
Win 3-0 Netherlands flag Antonious Verbeck TKO (punches) NMMA 9 02005-
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September 20, 2005
1 0:09 Netherlands flag Netherlands
Win 2–0 Brazil flag Lucio Silva KO (Head Kick) NMMA 8 02005-
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August 22, 2005
1 0:04 Netherlands flag Netherlands
Win 1-0 Poland flag Kryztof Jakubowski TKO (punches) NMMA 5 02005-
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May 5, 2005
1 2:33 Netherlands flag Netherlands Amateur MMA Debut

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