Larson Ready for Alessio, Second Chance


Brock Larson weighs-in for WEC 28: Faber vs. Farrar. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Six months after his shot at the World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight title was spoiled by champion Carlos Condit, Minnesota Martial Arts Academy product Brock Larson will now attempt to take advantage of an opportunity to get himself right back in the title picture with a showdown against fellow veteran John Alessio Wednesday night.

While the winner may not necessarily receive a shot at Condit’s belt just yet, it’s certain to say that the victor will at least be considered in the running to be Condit’s next opponent, or victim the way things have been going recently.

Regardless, the importance of this fight has reached Larson, who will be going into things with a different mindset than in the past.

“The biggest thing that I learned after losing to Carlos Condit in my last fight is that I have to be a little more patient,” Larson said during a recent interview session. “I don’t have to finish the fight right away like I’ve been trying to do in the past. If I stay patient, wait for an opening, and execute my gameplan, I should come out the winner anyway.”

When Larson says that he starts his fights like a bat out of hell, he couldn’t be more correct. His three fights inside of the WEC have lasted a combined total of just over six minutes. However Larson’s impatience proved to be fatal in his last bout against Condit, who was able to submit an over-aggressive Larson.

Despite the fact that Larson’s strong point lies in his wrestling, he plans to push his grappling expertise to the side in this one.

“I think people are going to be a little surprised if I choose to keep this fight standing,” Larson said. “You know, watching Alessio on tape, I can tell what kind of a puncher he is and I think that if I keep this fight on the feet, I’ll be able to win. He’s a good striker. He’s light on his feet but he doesn’t have much in the power department. I’ll let him tag me in the face a couple of times if it gives me the opportunity to land one and put him away.”

However Larson, a training partner of Brock Lesnar and Sean Sherk, won’t count out the possibility of the fight hitting the ground at some point.

“If the fight goes to the ground, that’s my world,” Larson said. “I know he has decent submissions but he’s not going to be able to overpower me. I’m more technically-sound than he is so I’m not worried if it hits the mat.”

Even though the fight is currently slated to be one of five preliminary bouts not scheduled to be shown on Versus’ two-hour broadcast, Larson plans to at least try and prevent the bout from going the distance.

“My prediction: I’m going to break him and then submit him,” Larson said. “It’s not going all three rounds.”

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