John Alessio. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Longtime veteran and former UFC and WEC welterweight title challenger John Alessio has reportedly signed a three-fight deal with EliteXC.
The news comes from Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain citing multiple sources. Alessio became a free agent this past spring after the WEC opted not to re-sign him. He last fought in June, submitting Pete Spratt at a ESPN-promoted joint boxing and mixed martial arts card in Las Vegas.
Prior to the win over Spratt, Alessio had a three-fight winning streak snapped courtesy of a disqualification loss to Brock Larson at WEC 33 in March. Early on in the first round, Alessio illegally kneed Larson in the head while he was still down on the mat. Larson was eventually deemed unable to continue, handing Alessio an unfortunate loss.
It’s expected that with a victory or two, Alessio could likely challenge newly-crowned EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields at some point next year, although the promotion could quickly match the two up at a show later this year if Shields’ wishes to face Drew Fickett aren’t able to be granted.