by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com

Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nev

night in Las Vegas, Nev., welterweight fighter John Alessio looks to get back
into title contention as World Extreme Cagefighting makes their live debut on
the Versus network.


Alessio is
a long-time mixed martial arts veteran, his career spanning nearly a decade. He
has fought everywhere from King of the Cage to Extreme Challenge, TKO, Pride
and the UFC. Now, Alessio has been attempting to make his mark on the WEC. With
an overall record of 18-10, Alessio has gone 2-1 in the WEC, only losing to
current welterweight champ Carlos Condit.


On Sunday
night, Alessio returns to the cage to face a familiar opponent, Alex Serdyukov.
He defeated the Russian fighter 10 months ago, before the WEC made the move
from Lemoore, Calif. to Las Vegas. The two had an entertaining back and forth
battle, but in the end Alessio was able to secure a rear naked choke for the
victory. “It was a tough fight,” said Alessio.


He doesn’t
expect the rematch to be any easier, but Alessio does expect it to be an exciting
bout for the fans. Following the loss to Condit, he realizes that his
preparations weren’t what they could have been. Not that he didn’t train hard enough;
in fact, Alessio feels he over-trained. “I was just go, go, go. I’ve paced
myself a lot better for this fight.”


Of course,
with Serdyukov losing the first go around, he’s going to be highly motivated to
forge his own run at title contention. He’ll be going for broke. That doesn’t
seem to bother Alessio in the least, “I’m going for broke too because I want to
shut him up.”


caught up with Alessio as he was finishing his last minute preparations for the
fight. In this exclusive video interview,
MMAWeekly takes you In The Cage with John Alessio who talks about the rematch, his
WEC title bout with Condit, his preparations for both, and what he expects for
his future… WEC gold, maybe?


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