In the past 24 hours word has spread across the Internet that a welterweight bout between Paul Daley and John Alessio was set to take place during Maximum Fighting Championship’s next event in Canada on Dec. 5.
After contacting Daley for comment, FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that those reports are premature. According to Daley, a bout vs. Alessio on that date is a fight that interests him but nothing has been signed.
Daley is an EliteXC contracted fighter but has competed outside of the organization in the past for promotions such as Cage Rage and Cage Warriors.
He most recently competed during EliteXC and CBS’ third-ever installment of Saturday Night Fights on Oct. 4. Matched against EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields, Daley submitted to an armbar at 3:47 of round 2 after a strong showing in the first round.
Alessio is also an EliteXC contracted fighter but has never competed for the promotion. A veteran of the UFC and WEC, Alessio is 24-11 and has just one loss in his last six fights. He last competed during “Night of Combat II” on Oct. 11 and recorded a TKO victory over Gideon Ray just 45 seconds into the fight.