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Alessio Gets Invite Back to the UFC But Had to Turn it Down Due to Contractual Obligations With United Glory

(…so I can’t accept the fight right now…Hello?….Dana…Are you there?)

Ever since John Alessio was cut lose by the WEC following a DQ loss to Brock Larson at WEC 33 in 2008, the Vancouver, BC native has been vocal about his desire to get back to fighting for the promotion. Part of the 31-year-old fighter’s motivation was the fact that, besides the loss to Larson, he had only technically lost to the promotion’s champion Carlos Condit in the WEC. He wanted the opportunity to avenge the loss and also because he had won three in a row prior to his final bout and didn’t think his firing was justified.

When the WEC dropped its welterweight class in 2009, Alessio turned his sights on the organization’s big brother promotion, the UFC, where he first fought in 2006.

Racking up an impressive 8-2 (all finishes) record and current  six-fight winning streak since being dropped by the WEC, Alessio (30-13) revealed today that he finally got his wish, but had to turn down the offer by the UFC to fight on the upcoming Montreal card in December due to contractual obligations to the Dutch-based United Glory promotion. "The Natural" earned a berth in the second round of the Golden Glory-owned organization’s $150,000 welterweight tournament which will take place on January 30 by submitting Sergey Golyaev October 16 in Amsterdam. He will face Golden Glory standout Siyar Bahadurzada in round two of the competition.

Alessio is optimistic that he will get another invitation from Joe Silva after he fulfills his obligation to United Glory.

"I am extremely honored that after working so hard the last year and a
half that I finally got my call from the UFC; thats right,  I was offered a
fight, but unfortunetly with the United-Glory tournament contract in place I am unable to accept the UFC fight," Alessio posted on Facebook Tuesday morning. "The UFC will have to be put on hold until I win the tourney! Thank you everyone for your support…. all my family, friends
and fans!!!!!!!!!"

Hopefully the UFC will wait for Alessio to become a free agent.

The 12-year-veteran who has continued to evolve while fighting outside of the Octagon has a lot of interesting potential fights inside of it, including a handful of rematches that would make for exciting main card bouts, like match-ups with former opponents Thiago Alves, Diego Sanchez and Condit.

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jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 4:16 am
That’s more pressure than normal, I am talking about if he manages to lose them if will get hurt I know the UFC can give him that old “get another couple wins outdoors from the organization” spin. goodluck to him! he appears to possess some indisputable talent.
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fatbellyfrank- October 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm
Why is he naked in his office?
tmanifold- October 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm
John is a great talent and I have followed his career since we we trained for our first fights, on the same card, together back in 98. He has had problems in big fights before but hopefully as he has gotten older it has become less of a problem. Everyone who watched that fight knows that he made deigo look like an amateur. He is a seriously experienced dude. He fought Pat Militech for the title at UFC 26! And he is only 31.
Almost North- October 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm
Cords are racist. Go get him CP.
Jugger- October 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Look at him sitting there talking on an old fashion phone. I bet he's a racist.
Almost North- October 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm

except except except except except except except except

Just kidding, but you probably shouldn't be firing that cannon off the porch of your glass house.
DazedNConfused- October 26, 2010 at 11:43 am
Yeah... maybe read the actual article before rushing to the comments section to lay down the first comment. I know you had a good idea with the whole Obama angle, but trust me it could wait.

This must suck for the guy, now these fights he has coming up must mean even more to him. That's a lot of pressure, I mean if he loses them if gets injured I'm sure the UFC will give him the old "get another couple wins outside of the organization" spin. goodluck to him! he seems to have some undeniable talent.
RwilsonR- October 26, 2010 at 11:10 am
Very angry this morning!

@ Freddy - You are absolutely right about Alessio and the contract. Good for you. I commented without paying any more attention to the article than that Alessio turned down the UFC. You and Karma are awful fucking touchy about it.

And actually, I wouldn't be surprised with the not-so-dismissive answer Dana White gave when asked about Brock being in WrestleMania if they were working on a deal for a minor cameo appearance that would promote the UFC to the pro-wrestling fans prior to his loss.

FreddyFangers- October 26, 2010 at 10:45 am
Karma is right you fucking moron. I guess you think Brock will be in WrestleMania also, because like United Glory, UFC contracts are easy to get out of.....Besides, most likely he will make more money in the United Glory tourney if he does well than if he signed a 4 fight contract with the UFC($5000-$10000 to show and then a win bonus). For a regular on this site, you haven't learned much, dipshit.
ReX13- October 26, 2010 at 10:30 am
i gather i'm not the only one in a shitty mood this week....
KarmaAteMyCat- October 26, 2010 at 9:59 am
Accept when he's legally contracted and CAN'T take it. Not at all the same thing he doesn't have a choice unless he wants to be on the losing end of a lawsuit great logic dumbass. Perhaps you should leave logic to the grown ups.
RwilsonR- October 26, 2010 at 9:34 am
That is like the Democratic congressman who told Obama yesterday that he 'could take his endorsement and shove it.'

Sure, they are both assholes, but when the biggest name in your profession is offering something to you, you should probably take it.