Rumors have been sweeping the Internet in recent days pointing to a welterweight affiliated with the Xtreme Couture camp in Las Vegas as being involved in negotiations to fight WAMMA lightweight champion Shinya Aoki during the first round of DREAM’s upcoming welterweight tournament.

FiveOuncesOfPain.com has confirmed through its sources that the fighter in question is former WEC and UFC veteran John Alessio. However, a source cautioned that a deal to bring Alessio into the tournament fold has not been finalized and his chances of signing and fighting Aoki were appraised as being “50/50.”

Aoki, 19-3, primarily competes at lightweight. He won the then-vacant WAMMA lightweight title this past New Year’s Eve during FEG’sDynamite!!” event after he submitted Eddie Alvarez with a heel hook at 1:32 of round 2. The six year veteran is widely regarded as the number two lightweight fighter in the world and holds notable victories in his career over Akira Kikuchi, Joachim Hansen, Caol Uno, and Gesias Calvancante.

Alessio is 24-12 and has been idle since losing to Paul Daley this past December during a Maximum Fighting Championships event. Daley was able to TKO Alessio courtesy of punches at 2:18 of round 2. Having competed since 1998, Alessio holds notable wins over Thomas Denny, Chris Brennan, Pete Spratt, and Gideon Ray.

The Grand Prix, which is scheduled to begin at DREAM.8 on April 5 in Japan, is expected to include a total of 16 fighters. In addition to Aoki, Hayato Sakurai has also been confirmed for the tournament field.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Luke Rockhold Breaks Down McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov, Bisping vs. Romero, and More (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 13 days ago
  • 687 views

Luke Rockhold talks about the recent injury, why he might be out longer than expected, who he wants upon his return, and some upcoming high-profile match-ups. read news >>

Video: Miesha Tate talks 'transition,' not retirement, remains content after choice to walk away

  • 13 days ago
  • 38 views

MELBOURNE, Australia – Miesha Tate didn’t head to New York intent on retiring at UFC 205, but it didn’t take long for her to decide her heart simply wasn’t in fighting any longer.Filed under: Feature read news >>

Demian Maia talks Robbie Lawler offer, title-shot hopes and desired Anderson Silva rematch

  • 12 days ago
  • 24 views

SAO PAULO – Demian Maia was sitting cageside when UFC 205’s co-headliner between champ Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson was, much to his dismay, declared a draw. He’s now analyzing his options.File read news >>

Robert Whittaker: Fight Night Melbourne Warrior Code Video | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 13 views

Robert Whittaker loves to fight and he talks about the lifestyle in this edition of Warrior Code. Whittaker takes on Derek Brunson at UFC Melbourne. read news >>

Fight Doctor – Don't Blame AKA, Cormier Was a Set up for Another Injury | FIGHTLAND

  • 9 days ago
  • 11 views

Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC Rumors regarding American Kickboxing Academy’s flawed training methods have been simmering for quite some time, but now that Daniel Cormier has been forced to withdr read news >>

UFC Fight Night 102 Event Page and Fight Card Rumors | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 0 views

Information for UFC Fight Night 102 at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York on December 9. read news >>

Jorge Masvidal: 'I've Got Three Times The Heart of Anybody at Welterweight' (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • a day ago
  • 9 views

Jorge Masvidal talks to the media about his TUF 24 Finale win over Jake Ellenberger, the strange ending and having more heart than anyone in the division. read news >>

Pena, Shevchenko Clash in Denver Main Event

  • 2 days ago
  • 0 views

After huge wins in their recent bouts, Julianna Pena and Valentina Shevchenko are on a collision course that leads to Denver, Colorado, where the two bantamweight contenders will meet in the UFC read news >>

Derrick Lewis Fighting for His Family's Future (UFC Albany Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 hours ago
  • 9 views

Derrick Lewis talks about his life story and why he feels like he has lived two different lives. Don't miss Lewis in the main event of UFC Albany. read news >>

Miesha Tate Happy Donald Trump Was Elected (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 20 views

Miesha Tate talks about her start in MMA, the best women's bantamweight, her UFC 205 fight, and said she was happy that Donald Trump was elected president. read news >>