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5 Oz. Exclusive: John Alessio signs three-fight contract with EliteXC

Multiple sources have revealed to in the last 24 hours that former UFC and WEC veteran John Alessio has signed a three fight contract with EliteXC.

Alessio, 23-11, according to Sherdog’s fight finder, last competed on June 20 during Banner Promotions’ “Night of Combat” at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Headlining a joint boxing and MMA show, Alessio was declared the victor after submitting former UFC veteran Pete Spratt with a rear naked choke in the second round.

The win snapped a one fight losing streak and moved Alessio to a 4-1 record in his last five fights.

While in the WEC, Alessio posted a 5-2 record with notable wins over Todd Moore, Brian Gassaway, and Alex Serdyukov. His two losses came at the hands of current WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit and title contender Brock Larson.

In the UFC, Alessio posted a disappointing record of 0-3 with losses to Pat Miletich, Diego Sanchez, and Thiago Alves.

A source indicated that Alessio could be groomed as a potential challenger for current EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields.