Alex Montagnani was born Alexander Tanikie-Montagnani on June 12, 1988 in Streatham, South West London, UK and is a professional MMA fighter and actor. Born to parents active in the world of martial arts, he began training in judo and boxing at the age of 4. Due to his physical and athletic capabilities, he took up several other sports such as rugby and athletics.
Alex continued his training in judo and later took up Brazilian jiu jitsu at the age of 17, which facilitated his transition into the world of professional MMA. Fighting on some of the most well renowned martial art shows in Europe such as BAMMA and Cage Warriors, he also won the Fury welterweight title. He is exclusively signed with Contenders MMA.
Alex began acting in 2014 when he was headhunted for a small role in short film Cagefighter, written and directed by Jesse Quinones. He originally joined the production team as head fight choreographer in the feature length production of the same film, renamed Cagefighter: Worlds Collide, also written and directed by Jesse Quinones, but was later recast as the lead, playing the role of Reiss Gibbons. He starred alongside Gina Gershon, Jonathan Good , Jay Reso, Chuck Liddell and Luke Rockhold. The film was originally scheduled for a limited theatrical release, but this changed after movie theaters closed worldwide due to restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was streamed as an online premier event, showing for 48hours on demand, exclusively on FITE TV on May 16, 2020 to positive reviews.