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John Alessio Bio

John Paul Alessio (born July 5, 1979) is a Canadian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Lightweight division. A professional competitor since 1998, Alessio has also formerly competed for the UFC, the WEC, PRIDE, King of the Cage, MFC and DREAM. Alessio is also the former King of the Cage Welterweight Champion and King of the Cage Superfight Champion.

Contents

  • 1 Background
  • 2 Mixed martial arts career
    • 2.1 Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • 2.2 EliteXC
    • 2.3 Ultimate Glory
    • 2.4 Return to UFC
    • 2.5 Aggression Fighting Championship
    • 2.6 Bellator MMA
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Championships and accomplishments
  • 5 Mixed martial arts record
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Background

Alessio was born and raised Duncan, Vancouver Island,where he began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and kickboxing, before moving to San Jose, California at the age of 19 in order to pursue his dream of becoming a professional fighter. During his professional mixed martial arts career, Alessio has also won two national BMX trick biking championships.

Mixed martial arts career

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Alessio made his UFC debut at just 20 years old at UFC 26 on June 9, 2000 when he faced Pat Miletich. He lost the fight via armbar submission in the second round.

EliteXC

Alessio then signed a three-fight contract with EliteXC. However, he did not fight for the promotion before they ceased operations in October 2008.

Ultimate Glory

Alessio faced Sergey Golyaev at Ultimate Glory 12 on October 16, 2010. He won the fight in the second round via kimura.

Alessio then fought Siyar Bahadurzada in the United Glory welterweight semifinals on January 30, 2011 in Charleroi, Belgium and was beaten via TKO in the first round.

Return to UFC

On April 3, 2012 it was reported that Alessio has returned to the UFC to replace an injured Matt Wiman and face Mark Bocek at UFC 145. Alessio was defeated via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).

Alessio then faced Shane Roller on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Following his loss to Roller, Alessio was subsequently released from the UFC.

Aggression Fighting Championship

On September 13, Alessio signed with Aggression Fighting Championship. He headlined their AFC 13 show in Victoria, British Columbia on November 3. Alessio faced Dave Mazany in the main event. The bout ended in No Contest due to Mazany accidentally poking Alessio in the eye.

Bellator MMA

Alessio was scheduled to fight Tim Radcliffe at Global Warrior Challenge on June 29, 2013. However, he announced on Twitter on June 8 that a staph infection forced him to withdraw from the bout. Following that, Alessio announced that he had signed with Bellator MMA and will fight in the Lightweight tournament.

Alessio was originally scheduled to face Guillaume De Lorenzi at Bellator 119 on May 9, 2014. However, De Lorenzi was forced out of the bout due to injury, and Alessio instead fought Eric Wisely at the event. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Alessio faced David Rickels at Bellator 139 on June 26, 2015. The fight was declared a no contest in the first round after Rickles landed an unintentional illegal knee on a hurt Alessio who was unable to continue.

Personal life

Alessio married Noelani Timas, an Import Tuner model known as Noelani Chase on June 9, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. and he has one son prior to the relationship.

Championships and accomplishments

  • KOTC Welterweight Championship
    • KOTC Welterweight Championship (One time)
  • Tachi Palace Fights
    • TPF Welterweight Championship (One time)
  • United Glory
    • 2010-2011 Welterweight Tournament Semi-Finalist
  • SuperBrawl
    • SuperBrawl 16 Middleweight Tournament Winner
  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Youngest fighter to compete for a UFC Championship (20 years 11 months 4 days)

Mixed martial arts record

External links

  • Official Website
  • Professional MMA record for John Alessio from Sherdog Edit this at Wikidata

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