ALEX'S FIGHTING CHANCE FOR A MODELLING CAREER!

A Forfar man is to become a well-known face across the country after walking off with a top modelling award, one month after winning the Mixed Martial Arts World Championships!

Alex Bertie (24), who helps out at his uncle's Results Fitness Studio, is now contemplating becoming a professional fighter.

He was one of seven finalists who caught the judges' eye when they took to the catwalk in Glasgow City Centre last month in the national grand final of the Scottish Model search 2010, run by fashion and homewares retailer, Matalan.

After five competitive casting calls, hour long queues and an extremely high standard of over 1,000 entrants, Alex emerged as one of eight winners to represent their seven in-house brands, with Alex named the "face" of 24/7 @ Matalan.

His success saw him model for a four page Matalan fashion shoot which will be featured in Scotland's leading newspaper, as well as picking up a 500 Matalan gift voucher and 500 cheque.

The judging panel was made up of leading fashion experts, including renowned British designer Jeff Banks and representatives from three of the UK's top modelling agencies; Select Model Management, Hughes Models and Kids London Ltd.

His modelling success has capped an unforgettable year after he picked up the mixed martial arts championships in Edinburgh in October.

It has left him with an unusual dilemma of which path to take for his future career - as perhaps modelling and fighting aren't too compatible!

He revealed it was his aunt, Wendy Bertie, who encouraged him to enter the modelling competition as she was convinced he could win it - and she proved him right.

Alex said: "My auntie has been pushing me to do it for ages and I've been dismissing it. She was getting annoyed so I thought I would enter the competition to get her off my back! She kept saying if I got through to the final I would win."

He said the whole experience of the competition was "fantastic", including meeting Jeff Banks and taking part in the photo shoot in an Edinburgh studio, at which Jeff was the art director.

The semi-pro fighter, who has been involved with martial arts since he was a boy and who is coached by his uncle George, is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as far as a possible modelling career is concerned.

He continued: "When I was speaking to Jeff Banks he did mention he might be using me, but I'll play it by ear."

And as for the combination of martial arts and modelling, he added: "I'm not going to get my hopes up. I'll keep fighting and if I get any work through modelling then I'll go with the flow.

"I've had my nose flattened out a little and I've a slight cauliflower ear at the minute. I've been boxing since I was a kid but had a couple of years out and only got back into fighting about two years ago.

"I used to do kick boxing but I'm now into MMA which is speeding up a bit. I'm in a bit of a groove - it's been quite a year!"

Commenting on the competition Jeff Banks said: "The Scottish model search proved to be a huge success.

"The standard was very high in keeping with Scotland's tradition of fantastic faces.

"This made the judges job all the harder and they were racked with indecision".