UFC Veteran John Alessio Signs with Bellator, Expected to Debut in Season 9
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.
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Brandon Vera has been representing the Philippines during his entire fighting career, but while he has had countless visits throughout the years, the Filipino-American fighter has never fought in the country itself. Once thought to be the perfect mainstay for a card in Manila, Vera never really had a chance to compete in front of Filipinos as the promotion kept delaying that long overdue event in Manila.
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Brandon Vera has found a home for himself after being released from the UFC.
One FC announced Sunday the signing of "The Truth", who is expected to make his promotional debut later this year. The promotion didn’t announce if the 36-year-old veteran will compete at light heavyweight or heavyweight.
Vera (12-7, 1 no-contest) fights outside the Octagon for the first time since 2005, when he won a one-night tournament under the WEC banner.
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Fans haven't see the last of "The Truth."
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Which is a win/win for both sides, considering how often the promotion stages events in Philippines.
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When you ask Japanese insiders who are the top young prospects in the country, they are most likely to be in unison saying names such as Kyoji Horiguchi, Michinori Tanaka and Yuta Sasaki. The first two have already started their UFC careers with impressive wins, and it looks like Sasaki is going to be joining them in the big leagues soon.
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Paul Daley has returned to the Bellator fold. The British slugger announced his decision to ink a deal with his former home on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.
Daley fought once under the Bellator banner in July 2012, knocking out Rudy Bears via first-round TKO. He was then selected in a fan vote to compete in the first ever Bellator match to be televised on Spike TV, however an injury ultimately forced his opponent, War Machine, out of the contest, and the bout was scrapped.
Bellator unconditi more
Melvin Manhoef has inked a deal with Bellator.
A long-time MMA and kickboxing veteran, who competed from middleweight to heavyweight during his 19-year mixed martial arts career, Manhoef has reached a deal with the promotion following a 46-second destruction of Evangelista Santos in April.
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Guess who's back (back back)? Back again ('gain 'gain)...Homie's back (back back). Tell a friend.
Nick Diaz is back, ladies and gentlemen, and that's downright exciting stuff. UFC President Dana White sent out the following tweet Thursday evening, even including a full-on press release for our enjoyment: UFC.com's Matt Parrino wrote up the full release, contradicting White's tweet by saying Diaz's extension is good for three, not two, fights. "UFC superstar Nick Diaz has come out of retirement a more