UFC veteran John Alessio
has signed with Bellator.
Alessio and promotion officials announced the news on Friday night.
Alessio’s exact debut date is not known, but he is expected to make
his promotional foray this fall in Season 9.
A 15-year mixed martial arts veteran, Alessio contended for the UFC
welterweight title back in 2000, submitting to a second-round
Miletich armbar. Nearly seven years later, “The Natural”
Condit for the WEC belt but once again came up short, this time
tapping out to a rear-naked choke.
Alessio rejoined the UFC last year while riding a three-fight win
streak but was released by the organization following back-to-back
decision losses to Mark Bocek and
Roller. Most recently, the 33-year-old fought 15-fight pro
Mazany to a no-contest this past November, with the bout coming
to a halt in the first round after Alessio was poked in the
Bellator will debut its third Summer Series on June 19 with
Bellator 96, which takes place at the Winstar World Casino in
Thackerville, Okla., and will see Michael
Chandler defend his lightweight title against Season 7 winner
Jansen. The event will also signal the start of two four-man
tournaments, highlighted by the return of former Strikeforce light
heavyweight champ Muhammed
Lawal, as “King Mo” takes on UFC vet Seth
Petruzelli during the Spike TV-broadcast main draw.