SACRAMENTO, CA - A former U.S. Marine now training in Sacramento as a mixed martial arts fighter has admitted that comments he made to News10 and other news organizations about his career in the Corps as a Special Forces recon sniper were false.
Ken Alexander, best known in MMA circles by his moniker "The Machine," told the Marine Corps Times last week that contrary to statements he made to News10, he was not a trained sniper, never served as a Special Forces operative and was not deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan or any active war theatre.
The admission came after a News10 interview aired Thursday in which Alexander, who began training in Sacramento in 2007 with former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, vividly recounted his eight-plus-year stint in the Marines, including time served on the front lines.
"I was a recon sniper," Alexander told News 10's Ryan Yamamoto. "Basically, my job was to go in and go undetected, report to higher ups whatever it was that needed to be reported, and if we got the 'green light,' then we're pulling triggers."
After a former Marine colleague of Alexander's alerted the Marine Corps Times to descrepancies in the fighter's story, Alexander admitted to MCT that he had no affiliation with Special Forces, had never put boots on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan or Somalia and said claims that he was a sniper were false.
Alexander also told MCT that he blamed reckless journalism for the proliferation of mistakes about his wartime experience.
"In the fight game, people talk about what they want to talk about and you could tell them the truth 'til you're blue in the face, but half of them hear what they want to hear anyway," Alexander told the Times. Alexander said despite the inaccuracies, he never bothered to "waste my time" trying to set the record straight.
Alexander also told the Times that he worked as an intelligence specialist and completed one deployment each to Kuwait and Kyrgyzstan before leaving the service in 2004.
When contacted by News10 Saturday, Alexander reaffirmed that he served over eight years as a Marine, but refused to comment publicly on any elements of the MCT story.
In his latest bout Friday, Alexander lost by technical knockout in the second round to Greg McIntyre in front of Marines at a free show at Camp Pendleton near San Diego.