John Alessio
Short notice was the way for John Alessio to get back in the UFC, but he’ll look to solidify his spot when he returns at UFC 148.

The Canadian fighter who now trains out of Las Vegas will meet heavy handed wrestler Shane Roller on the July 7 card.

UFC officials announced the fight on Thursday.

Alessio had been campaigning for some months for a return to the UFC, and finally got his chance when an injury opened up a slot on the UFC 145 card in Atlanta.

Despite his best efforts, Alessio came up short against fellow Canadian Mark Bocek, and now looks to rebuild into the win column come July.

Facing Alessio will be former WEC lightweight contender Shane Roller, who is looking to stop a three-fight skid in the UFC.

Roller won his UFC debut in emphatic fashion with a huge knockout over Thiago Tavares, but then went onto lose subsequent bouts to Melvin Guillard, T.J. Grant, and Michael Johnson.

With the cut line looming, Roller will look to stave off a potential exit from the UFC when he faces Alessio in July.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Diego Sanchez meets Jim Miller in UFC 197's featured Fight Pass prelim fight

  • 22 days ago
  • 7 views

The UFC’s new strategy of putting highly marketable bouts on the Fight Pass-streamed portion of its cards will continue in March. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Who ya got?!? Fighters predict 'Rumble' vs. Bader at UFC on FOX 18

  • 21 days ago
  • 50 views

Two light-heavyweight title hopefuls meets next week in UFC on FOX 18’s headliner. So, who wins?Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson rematch added to UFC 197

  • 20 days ago
  • 30 views

A key lightweight matchup has been added to a star-studded UFC 197 lineup, as Tony Ferguson meets Michael Johnson.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Andrew Holbrook out, Bryan Barberena meets Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 18

  • 20 days ago
  • 29 views

Just a week before his third fight in the promotion, rising UFC lightweight star Sage Northcutt has a new opponent. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Cain Velasquez out, Stipe Miocic meets Fabricio Werdum for heavyweight title

  • 18 days ago
  • 1082 views

Injury has dealt Cain Velasquez another blow, as he’s been forced to pull out of UFC 196.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Ross Pearson meets Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 84 in Australia

  • 17 days ago
  • 11 views

Just a week after dropping a fight in Boston, Ross Pearson already knows when he’ll be getting back on the horse.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

With 48-day turnaround, Ilir Latifi meets Gian Villante at UFC 196 in Vegas

  • 13 days ago
  • 7 views

Rising light-heavyweight contender Ilir Latifi is making a fairly quick 48-day turnaround to return to the cage.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Raphael Butler Predicts Victory Over Tony Johnson at Bellator 148

  • 13 days ago
  • 0 views

Heavyweight Raphael Butler faces Tony Johnson on the Bellator 148 main card and predicts that he'll 'get the W.' read news >>

Report: Cub Swanson meets Hacran Dias at UFC on FOX 19 in April

  • 12 days ago
  • 4 views

Highly ranked UFC featherweight Cub Swanson will return to the promotion’s octagon against Hacran Dias at UFC on FOX 19. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Contract disputes see Jake Shields out at WSOF 30, Jon Fitch now meets Joao Zeferino

  • 9 days ago
  • 9 views

It seems World Series of Fighting officials and veteran welterweight Jake Shields could not come to terms on a planned April meeting with Jon Fitch, and Joao Zeferino will now take his place in a fig read news >>