It took over five years, but John Alessio is headed back to the Octagon.
That's because Matt Wiman blew out his knee in training camp and will be unable to compete at the UFC 145 pay-per-view (PPV) event on April 21, 2012 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, according to a tweet from "Handsome's" original opponent, Mark Bocek.
Enter "The Natural."
Alessio is currently enjoying a three-fight winning streak including a unanimous decision victory over Ryan Healy at the Score Fighting Series just last month, but is 0-3 under the UFC banner, with past losses to Pat Miletich, Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves.
Here's a look at the revised UFC 145: "Jones vs. Evans" fight card and line-up.
205 lbs.: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans
Main card (Pay-per-view):
170 lbs.: Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills
265 lbs.: Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell
155 lbs.: Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio
145 lbs.: Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
135 lbs.: Miguel Torres vs. Michael McDonald
Preliminary card (FX):
170 lbs.: Stephen Thompson vs. Matt Brown
265 lbs.: Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs
155 lbs.: Anthony Njokuani vs. John Makdessi
Preliminary card (Facebook):
155 lbs.: Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero
145 lbs.: Maximo Blanco vs. Marcus Brimage
170 lbs.: Keith Wisniewski vs. Chris Clements
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