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5 Oz. Exclusive: John Alessio signs three-fight contract with EliteXC

Multiple sources have revealed to in the last 24 hours that former UFC and WEC veteran John Alessio has signed a three fight contract with EliteXC.

Alessio, 23-11, according to Sherdog’s fight finder, last competed on June 20 during Banner Promotions’ “Night of Combat” at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Headlining a joint boxing and MMA show, Alessio was declared the victor after submitting former UFC veteran Pete Spratt with a rear naked choke in the second round.

The win snapped a one fight losing streak and moved Alessio to a 4-1 record in his last five fights.

While in the WEC, Alessio posted a 5-2 record with notable wins over Todd Moore, Brian Gassaway, and Alex Serdyukov. His two losses came at the hands of current WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit and title contender Brock Larson.

In the UFC, Alessio posted a disappointing record of 0-3 with losses to Pat Miletich, Diego Sanchez, and Thiago Alves.

A source indicated that Alessio could be groomed as a potential challenger for current EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields.

  • fightfan says:

    As long as Carlos Condit was in the WEC, he wasnt getting anywhere near the WW title…..and for the UFC, he wasnt see the inside of the Octagon probably ever again, so good move for him

  • Jeremy says:

    A “one fight losing streak?” Don’t you need more than one to have a streak?

  • Evan says:

    These orgs need to do whatever they can to stop signing ex Zuffa talent and get their own identity.

  • Jeremy says:

    Nice move for Alessio, he’s a good fighter and EliteXC can give him good exposure.

    As for grooming him to challenge Jake Shields, I really don’t see much of a challenge there for Shields.

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  • Kelvin says:

    #1 has spoken the correct…..and does #3.

  • Steve says:

    John’s a really good fighter, and EliteXC did good on signing him. Hope to see John in the cage as soon as his broken forearm is healed.

  • Joseph says:

    Hes a good fighter and its a really good signing for EliteXC.
    For those that say as long as Condit is there…blah blah blah…

    Jake Shields already beat Condit, so, Alessio beating Shields in EliteXC would mean a lot more.

  • HexRei says:

    Minor correction Sam, Spratt is not a former UFC veteran… he is a former UFC fighter but he’ll always be a UFC veteran. :)

  • Jesse says:

    Until the can build those stars of tomorrow (which they are trying to do with the likes of Wilson Reis, Matt Makowski, etc) they have to bring in some recognizable names so that the casual fan can transfer over. It’s smart business.

  • Rich S. says:

    you know, i REALLYYYY think that Alessio could become champ in EXC..

    definitely a good move..

    but, i think he should go LW :)


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