Alan Michael Jouban is an American model and MMA fighter who competes in the welterweight category for the UFC. Alan was born and raised in Louisiana, USA, and came from a middle-class family. He began his career as a model. He has been in advertisements for major brands such as Nike and Pepsi during his modeling career. Alan began his MMA career in 2010, competing in a variety of small-scale promotions and remaining undefeated in many of them. In August 2014, he made his UFC debut against Seth Baczynski. The fight was a slog for both competitors, but Alan came out on top, earning a bonus in the form of ‘Fight of the Night’ honor in his very first UFC encounter. He earned another ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus and the fight in a 2016 fight against Belal Muhammad. Alan is currently working as a model and has landed a contract with Versace in addition to fighting in the UFC. With the short film for Versace’s Dylan Blue Fragrance promotional ad, he also flexed his acting talents.
Childhood and Adolescence
Alan Jouban was born and raised in the Lafayette area of Louisiana. Alan, who was born on November 25, 1981, has always been interested in sports and other athletic pursuits. He used to play soccer with the kids in his neighborhood on the streets, and subsequently at school. He ultimately improved in soccer and pondered pursuing a career in the sport.
He had no specific goals in life by the time he was a teenager and simply enjoyed exercising in the gym and working out for hours at a time. His athletic ambitions lasted until he enrolled at the University of Louisiana for college. But after two semesters at college, he realized that this was not the life for him, and there was no use in trying to make it work. He dropped out of college after two semesters. By that time, he had matured into a robust young man, and he began looking for work as a model in order to supplement his income.
He discovered his calling in modeling and went on to become the face of a slew of well-known businesses, including Nike and Pepsi. He’d started making a lot of money, and a possible future as an actor in film or television appeared to be a possibility. His fate, however, had different ideas for him, and he ended up training Muay Thai, a fighting art. While doing so, his interest in MMA grew, and he began training for it while continuing to work on his modeling duties. But it became too difficult for him to balance two ‘apparently disparate’ occupations, so he chose MMA over modeling.
Career of Alan
Alan Jouban was unbeaten as an amateur for the first few months after entering the ring, and despite his lack of apparent physique and strength, he seemed to have the skill set that an MMA fighter must have. He knew he needed to bulk up more for the bigger leagues, so he did, and by March 2010, he was competing in greater competitions.
Alan won his first professional battle in just 14 seconds in the first round against an inferior opponent via KO, and in February 2011, he won his second professional fight against Kyle Griffin, which also happened to be his first professional fight, in the first round, again via KO. In May 2011, when fighting for Tachi Palace Fights, he lost his second encounter to Chidi Njokuani. Alan, on the other hand, won his next six fights for a variety of promotions, winning four of them by knockout and one each by anonymous decision and submission.
In October 2013, he lost to Mike Rhodes in RFA, but he made a strong recovery and won the next three fights against tough opponents. In his last fight with the RFC, he won a split decision in the third round over Ricky Legere Jr.
After that, it was time to make his great entrance into the UFC ring, the most prestigious MMA event in the world, with his debut fight slated for August 16, 2014, against Seth Baczynski. The match included a lot of back-and-forth action, but Alan came out on top in the end. The bout was also recognized as one of the greatest of the year, with both combatants receiving a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus.
Alan was matched up against Warlley Alves, a notable Ultimate Fighter winner and a formidable opponent, in his second UFC fight. The battle took place in November 2014, and despite the fact that both combatants were at their best throughout the fight, Alves was declared the winner at the conclusion, a decision that was widely criticized by the media.
Alan reverted to form in his second bout, knocking out Richard Walsh in the first round, and his fourth fight was postponed due to an injury Alan sustained during training. Matt Dwyer met Alan in a battle that was regarded as one of the most anticipated fights of the season in July 2015. The fighters did not disappoint the spectators, as it was a gripping encounter in which they each landed blow after blow on each other, keeping the audience guessing until the very end.
Despite losing one point due to an inadvertent knee attack, Alan was declared the winner at the end of the fight. As expected, the battle was named ‘Fight of the Night,’ and both of them were given a bonus. In the next bout, Albert Tumenov knocked Alan out in the first round, then Alan got even with another opponent, Brandon O’Reilly, by knocking him out in the same way he was knocked out in the previous fight.
In a match against Belal Muhammad in July 2016, Alan earned his third ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus of his career. Alan won the tense match by an anonymous decision and began looking forward to his final match of the year against Mike Perry. Alan was able to win the match without breaking a sweat. Alan couldn’t have taken his opponent Gunnar Nelson lightly in the following fight, which was scheduled for March 2017. Both boxers poured blows on each other during the fight, but Alan took the brunt of them, and when Nelson tried for a guillotine choke, Alan couldn’t stop himself and succumbed to his much stronger opponent.
Alan injured his foot during training in July 2017, forcing him to withdraw from the highly awaited battle against Brian Camozzi, and in his most recent fight, Alan was defeated by Niko Price via KO on August 5, 2017.
In 2016, Jouban maintained his modeling career by signing an endorsement deal with Versace and starring with Gigi Hadid in a short film for the Dylan Blue fragrance.
Personal Experiences of Alan
Alan Jouban is married to Nicole Rangsita and they have a son together. Alan is a tremendous fan of Gigi Hadid, and he was ecstatic when he got the chance to kiss her in the Versace ad, describing her as “a wonderful kisser.”
Estimated Net Worth
Alan is one of the wealthiest Mixed Martial Artists and one of the most well-known. Alan Jouban’s net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.