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John Alessio Back in the UFC, Replaces Injured Matt Wiman at UFC 145

Posted on by Damon Martin

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John Alessio will finally get his wish granted… he’s back in the UFC.

An injury to Matt Wiman forced him off the upcoming UFC 145 card in Atlanta, so in to replace him will be the veteran Xtreme Couture fighter who now faces Mark Bocek.

Bocek made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday.

“Hey guys my new opponent at UFC 145 is John Alessio,” wrote Bocek. “Wiman is out with a knee injury.”

Alessio is no stranger to the UFC, having fought there three times previously, all in the welterweight division.

Now moving down to lightweight, Alessio has had great success lately reeling off three wins in a row, most recently picking up a victory over Ryan Healy at the Score Fighting Series in March.

“I don’t feel like there’s anybody in the weight class that I’m scared of or don’t want to fight. I invite every opportunity there is,” Alessio told MMAWeekly.com about his desire to come back to the UFC.

“If you’re a lightweight, you’re in my way and I’m coming for you.”

Now he’ll get the chance to prove that at UFC 145 in Atlanta when he faces Mark Bocek.


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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Good to hear. Alessio has been around for a long time and it’s good to see him get another shot under the Zuffa banner.

  • fjc1113

    that right there is a man determined! big Alessio fan here. I thought he was doing good in the WEC and he would be brought over for good. I hope he stays until he retires

  • phrankthetank

    I like Alessio but he didn’t look strong against Healy, I expect bocek to grind him out.