Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Alex Karalexis grew up playing soccer and was even voted MVP of the Massachusetts All-Star Game his senior year at Whitman-Hanson High School. He also competed in wrestling, winning a sectional championship and placing in the state tournament. After high school, Karalexis went on to play soccer at Massasoit Community College, where his team ranked third in the country. However, breaking his ankle for the fifth time playing soccer caused him to venture on a new path with kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Karalexis’ hard work led him to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and WEC, which he successfully pursued for seven years. He was even approached by the President of UFC, Dana White to compete as an original cast member of The Ultimate Fighter TV show, earning him a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Naturally, Alex Karalexis and Jared Allen met at a fight in Las Vegas, Nevada and eventually started training together off-season. Having retired from the UFC with previous experience as a Carpenter in Boston, Karalexis was asked by Allen to join the foundation team as the Lead Project Manager; overseeing all of the construction projects and securing corporate partnerships and sponsors for all of the homes being built.