John "The Natural" Alessio (24-11) has indicated via his Facebook page that he will collide with Paul "Semtex" Daley (18-7-2) at Maximum Fighting Championships (MFC) 19: "Long Time Coming" at River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch, Alberta, on December 5.
The Canadian-based event, which will air live on HDNet on fight, currently features a light heavyweight championship bout between Roger Hollet and title challenger Emanuel Newton.
This is a bit of s surprise, considering the contract situation between "Semtex" and Pro Elite is more than likely not resolved. In addition, the British brawler recently stated that he was 99 percent sure he'd be on the January 4 Sengoku card in Japan.
With no specific date announced for this fight it's still possible he'll be on that card.
Semtex strung together six consecutive wins against such notable opposition as Duane Ludwig, Mark Weir, Sam Morgan, and others before losing to Jake Shields at Elite XC: "Heat" last month in a welterweight title bout.
The Nottingham, England, native boasts a sick Muay Thai game and has the ability to finish his opponents at any time -- he has 14 career stoppages because of strikes.
Alessio, too, has had a better than average career thus far in mixed martial arts.
The 29-year-old has competed in the sport since 1998 and has seen action 35 times in 16 different organizations. Since the turn of the century his only losses have come to Pat Miletich, Joe Doerksen, Jason Black, Jonathan Goulet, Diego Sanchez, Thiago Alves, Carlos Condit and Brock Larson.
Nothing to be ashamed of there.
Alessio competed six straight times under the WEC banner before the loss to Larson at WEC 33 back in March, which came on a disqualification from an illegal knee. Since then "The Natural" put together back-to-back wins over former UFC veterans Pete Spratt and Gideon Ray by submission and technical knockout, respectively.
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