UFC fighter John Alessio (Photo courtesy of: Sportsnet.ca)
After a puzzling release from the UFC, John Alessio is seeking a long-standing dwelling.
Alessio (Twitter: @johnalessio79) recently signed a two-fight deal with Aggression Fighting Championship, based out of his home province of British Columbia in Canada. He will make his promotional debut on Nov. 3 against an unknown opponent.
Prior to signing with the AFC, Alessio was competing in his third UFC stint.
Alessio’s second return to the UFC resulted from Matt Wiman pulling out of UFC 145, and “The Natural” stepping in to face Mark Bocek. Alessio came up short in his return and followed up with another defeat against Shane Roller at UFC 148.
Though, Alessio lost both of his matches during his third UFC stretch, he did what he thought his bosses wanted. This has just left Alessio ponder what promoters actually want from a fighter.
“You win a fight and you’re boring, the promoters don’t love you,” Alessio told Jason Kelly and Bob Badders on MMA DieHards Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. “They say if you lose an exciting fight they’ll bring you back. Well, I tried my hardest to make that fight exciting. I was trying to punch him; I was screaming at him, I did everything I could have done.
“They said they were happy with the way I tried to fight, knowing the circumstances of him trying to hold on. But, I didn’t get rewarded, I got my walking papers.
“In hindsight, I should’ve just fought to win. I should’ve just jabbed and moved, jabbed and moved. I would’ve killed him with my jab and never got taken down if I decided to make it a boring, slow fight. But, I decided no, I want to give the crowd an all-out war if I can. It’s frustrating.”
Once exited from the UFC, Alessio was immediately bombarded with contracts from organizations such as, The Score Fighting Series, MFC and other Canadian-based promotions. After weighing the pros and cons of what each company had to offer, Alessio decided heading home to Vancouver would be the best choice.
“It’s been long overdue,” Alessio said. “It’s been 14 years (since I fought in Vancouver) and AFC was able to make it happen. Now, the greatest fighter from British Columbia will be making his return.
“Location played a huge key,” Alessio continued to explain why he chose AFC. “It’s been 14 years since I’ve got to fight in front of as home crowd as it gets, so I’m looking forward to this moment.”
Alessio ‘s training will remain at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, but he doesn’t intend to make competing in B.C. a permanent thing.
The Vancouver Island native’s deal with AFC is open, meaning it allows him to fight outside the organization. Alessio said he is always ready for a short-notice fight from the UFC if they ring, as it is, he is scheduled to fight on Nov. 3 and Nov. 20 right now, nor is he opposed to offers from other promotions.
“Aggression can keep me busy so I like that, but I am allowed to fight outside the organization if something big came up,” Alessio said. “I’m looking for a long-term home, so something like the Bellator tournament would be great. They got great fights, a lot of good fighters; they got a lot of good opportunities over there.”
Being that Alessio is never one to shy away from a fight, coupled with the fact that he is looking to exercise his opportunities, it should be expected that “The Natural” won’t be a vagrant for long.