EliteXC signs welterweight John Alessio to three-fight deal
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Jul 29, 2008 at 10:32 am ET
Veteran fighter John Alessio, who's won four of his past five fights, has agreed to a three-fight deal with EliteXC, sources close to the fighter tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
The signing was first reported today by fiveouncesofpain.com.
Messages left with EliteXC Head of Fighter Relations Jeremy Lappen on Monday were not immediately returned. Additionally, terms of the deal, including whether or not the contract is exclusive, were not disclosed.
Alessio, a former UFC and PRIDE fighter, could become an immediate contender for the organization's 170-pound title, which was won by Jake Shields this past weekend.
With his quick submission victory of Nick Thompson, Shields had defeated about the only legitimate contender currently under contract to the California-based EliteXC. And with the UFC's stronghold on the division -- Shields and Carlos Condit are the only non-UFC fighters in most current top-10 rankings -- few free agents were available.
Alessio most recently defeated Pete Spratt at a boxing/MMA show in Las Vegas. The Alessio-Spratt fight headlined the MMA portion of the event. Alessio ended it in the second round with a rear-naked choke.
Last month Alessio told TAGG Radio, MMAjunkie.com's official radio partner, that he wanted to avenge a recent loss to Brock Larson. Alessio hit his opponent with a low knee, and Larson was unable to continue