Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Alessio vs. Brito Added to WEC 30

After his impressive showing against Russian welterweight Alex Serdyukov at WEC 28 in June, WEC contender John “The Natural” Alessio (above) is scheduled to take on Brazilian Marcelo Brito as part of September 5’s WEC 30 card, which will air on the Versus channel at 9 PM ET/ 6 PM PT.

In his rematch with Serdyukov, Alessio once again earned a first-round submission, this time by securing a guillotine choke. Alessio looked particularly good in this match, especially considering his WEC 26 performance against Carlos Condit for the welterweight belt. Condit overwhelmed a listless Alessio with myriad strikes throughout the first two rounds and eventually sunk in a rear naked choke with just one second left in the second round.

By his own admission, Alessio had not come to into the fight with Condit as focused and as strong as he could have been, but “The Natural” is looking to gain the top contender spot in the welterweight division with a win over Marcelo Brito, a dangerous submission fighter with powerful slams and good striking who fights out of Hermes Franca and Kurt Pellegrino’s Team Armory.

I've contacted Team Armory, which is putting me in touch with Brito for more on this fight. Stay tuned...

For more on WEC 30, click here.

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