Lightweight John Alessio was recently signed for his third stint in the UFC, his first appearance for the promotion was back in 2000 where he lost to Pat Miletich in a welterweight title fight. Fast forward 12 years and he is set to take on Mark Boceck at UFC 145 this weekend in Atlanta.
Alessio did an interview for TapouT Radio and made some interesting comments about Bocek:
I’m sure he’s a wonderful human being. I’ve never actually met him, but I have watched all his fights. He’s great at what he does. He is awesome at what he does, which is, he wants to get it down, and he wants to grind it out. If the submission is there, he’ll take it, but if not, he’s happy to hold you down, and work from there.
I don’t feel like he’s a devastating ground and pounder. He’s not like Matt Hughes, where if he takes you down, you’re going to be worried about eating a ton of elbows. I’ve said this before, he just wants to do Abu Dhabi, and I’m going to want to make this an MMA fight.
I respect his ground game, but I’ve been doing jiu jitsu for a very long time, as well. I train under Robert Drysdale, who’s one of the most renowned jiu jitsu practitioners in the world. I’m no stranger to the ground game, and I’ve got lots of submission victories. If it goes to the ground, I will be attacking submissions. Obviously, I will try to get it back to the feet, because I feel I have a big advantage in the striking department, and I plan on exposing that. I plan on putting my fists, elbows and knees all over his chin, and making the ginger a little bit more red with some blood.