by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
With his win at Ring of Fire last week, former UFC welterweight John Alessio has indeed put himself on the right path following his decision to make major life changes.
No longer part of the Las Vegas party scene and now a dedicated gym rat, Alessio has won three fights in a row and continues to look increasingly more impressive each time out.
“The plan was to go in there and take care of business as fast as possible; especially with another fight being two weeks later,” Alessio told MMAWeekly.com of his Ring of Fire win. “I wanted to go in and not get any bruises, cuts or injuries, and I was able to do just that.
“I was able to get control position on top and rained down a few elbows until he gave up his back and sunk in the signature rear naked choke.”
After defeating Matt Delanoit at Ring of Fire, Alessio has little time to celebrate as he replaces an injured Carlos Newton at the March 20 W-1: Bad Blood show against Chris Clements.
“I’ve got to totally shift gears now and completely refocus on a new opponent, a new style,” commented Alessio. “This guy is a stocky slugger and is really going to try to take my head off.
“This guy has really heavy hands so I expect this fight to be a little bit more of a brawl, a bit more of a stand-up match. It’s going to be tough, but I’m looking forward to going back to Canada and winning over some fans in Montreal.”
Rather than be concerned about the short turn-around between fights, Alessio is excited to get a chance to replace Newton and keep his own personal ball rolling.
“I love Carlos Newton, so it was a great honor to step into his big shoes and I hope I can fill them for the crowd,” exclaimed Alessio. “I just want to continue on the path I’m on right now.
“I’m feeling really good, really confident, and I’ve been working really hard and want to just keep showcasing my skills and earn that chance to compete in the UFC once again.”
As Alessio mentioned, with his current success he hopes to open the eyes of the promotion that has cut him twice previously.
“If I can pick up this fight with a win, that will be four in a row,” said Alessio. “With finishes in all my fights – two of them in the first round – I think I’m on the right path to opening the UFC’s eyes again.
“I’m really focused right now. I know what I have to do. I’ve changed my life. I’m training hard. I’m dedicated. So I feel only good things can happen from that.”
With petitions on Facebook by fans to have Alessio return to the UFC and his rejuvenated attitude, it may not be long before he finds himself where he wants to be.
“Thanks to my friends, family and my sponsors: Knockout Fight Wear, TapouT, Gamma-O, Shaw Chiropractic, Full Tilt Poker, and TCB Fight Wear,” he closed out. “All the fans that supported me for this last fight, you were awesome.
“It’s made me real emotional and I want to feed off that and keep going. I’m going to do it again in two weeks and keep the ball rolling.”