By Andy Cotterill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
John ‘ The Natural’ Alessio has been on a mission to get a return call to the Ultimate Fighting Championship for some time now.
In an interview with MM-eh a year ago, the Duncan, British Columbia native expressed his frustration with seeing fighters who he has beaten in the cage get the coveted UFC call, while he remains in the cold.
Last night at the Score Fighting Series 4 in Hamilton, Ontario, Alessio gritted out a unanimous decision win over Ryan Healy that must surely get him a big step closer to realizing that goal.
Alessio looked good in the early going, and clearly winning the first round, wobbling the apparently larger Healy with a stiff jab, and using his strong top game and control to help set up several guillotine choke attempts.
Healy made it an even fight by coming on strong in the second, where he connected with some hard punches then used his length to pin the shorter Alessio against the cage. The third and deciding round looked to be even, until Alessio turned on the jets and was able to attain two takedowns, and finished the fight once again on top, grinding Healy into the cage.
In the end, all three judges saw it two rounds to one for Alessio, awarding him a 29-28 x 3 unanimous decision.
Check out the pics and results from today’s weigh ins at The Score Fighting Series. These pics will also appear on www.mm-eh.ca
Duncan, British Columbia’s John ‘The Natural’ Alessio (33-14) will continue his return push to the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he takes on tough Oregonian ‘Diamond’ Ryan Healy (19-9) in a lightweight main event.
The semi main-event features a match-up between a pair of top Canadian prospects. Hamilton’s ‘Gentleman’ Josh Hill (7-0) and Saskatoon’s Eric Wilson (5-1) will compete to see who is the top bantamweight in the Score stable of fighters.
185 – Elias Theodorou (185) vs. Erik Herbert (185.6)
Ryan Dickson vs. Brandon Johnson Fight cancelled after Johnson did not pass MRI
170 – Forrest Petz (169) vs. Sergej Juskevic (168.8)
155 - John Alessio (155.6) vs. Ryan Healy (155)