by Mitch Gobetz – MMAWeekly.com
World Extreme Cagefighting is putting on its second show under Zuffa ownership this weekend. The WEC welterweight title will be on the line as the UFC veteran John Alessio takes on Carlos Condit. This is a high caliber main event with two young and hungry welterweights looking to make their way up the rankings.
John Alessio has been the only fighter that Diego Sanchez has faced that has given him a lot of trouble and almost put him in danger of losing the fight. Many observers said that if Alessio had let his hands go, that he would have won the decision. Alessio was recently on MMAWeekly Radio to discuss his fight with Diego and his upcoming fight against Condit.
As far as Alessio’s thoughts on the fight with Diego, he already knew what he did wrong. “I gave him a little too much respect in the takedown department,” said Alessio.
John knows that he had to move on from that loss. Alessio is now training in Las Vegas with many other great fighters. “I’m training at Xtreme Couture with Randy Couture. Some of my training partners are Jay Hieron, Mike Pyle, Kendall Grove, Eric Pele, Frank Trigg, Karo Parisyan, Tyson Griffin. The list goes on.” Xtreme Couture seems to be the new hotbed in MMA. “To be the best, you have to surround yourself with the best.”
Some people are under the impression that the WEC doesn’t have the high level talent of the UFC. The fighters under contract with the WEC don’t see it that way, especially Alessio. “I’m happy with it,” said the 27 year old. “I really like it. I haven’t had any real easy fights.” Alessio exuded confidence in the interview with Damon and Jeff. “Now that I’m soon to be the champ, I’m sure all kinds of guys will be coming after me.”
Alessio has a tough competitor to face to gain that championship in Carlos Condit. Condit was the runner up for the Rumble on the Rock tournament losing a close decision to Jake Shields in the finals. Alessio wants to beat Condit convincingly, but will need a solid game plan to do so. “I’m gonna make him fight my pace and make him fight my fight.”
Depending on who you talk to, titles aren’t always that big of a deal to some fighters. Alessio isn’t one them. “Absolutely. I totally want this title. I’m always gunnin’ for the title.” As for predictions, John is sure to give you one. “Expect me to walk out with the gold around my waist, that’s for damn sure.”