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Weekend winners include Alessio, Hill, Petz, Monson, Emelianenko and Guymon
By MMAjunkie.com Staff
John Alessio (34-14) has made a convincing case for a call from the UFC.
The Canadian vet headlined Friday’s Score Fighting Series 4 event and picked up a unanimous-decision victory over fellow lightweight Ryan Healy (19-10-1).
The bout took place at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and streamed online.
Alessio used a ground-oriented game plan and held his own while standing, where Healy landed some heavy punches, to earn the judges’ nod. All three judges gave him two of three rounds for a 29-28 victory.
“I said coming into this fight that this guy has zero quit in him,” Alessio stated. “I said he could take abuse. He dished out abuse too. I hope I showed I can take a pounding. I knew I (shouldn’t) go too crazy on him because he’s one of those guys who will turn it around on you, and he did.”
Alessio, who’s campaigned for a spot on July’s UFC 149 card in Calgary, is now 10-1 over his past 11 fights. The wins have come over vets such as Luigi Fioravanti, War Machine and Luiz Firmino.
Also on the SFS 4 card, top prospect and recent “Fight Path” subject Josh Hill (8-0) remained undefeated with a unanimous-decision victory over fellow bantamweight Eric Wilson (5-2). Hill scored frequent takedowns and dominated the action from top position.
In other action, former UFC fighter Forrest Petz (24-9) survived an early knockdown and rallied back for a second-round TKO of welterweight Sergej Juskevic (11-7-2).
Monson, Emelianenko victorious at M-1 Challenge 31
Two notables were in action at Friday’s M-1 Challenge 31 event at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the headliner, former UFC heavyweight title challenger Jeff Monson (44-13) earned a close split-decision victory over recent Bellator competitor Alexey Oleinik (33-9). Monson, who broke his leg in a November loss to Fedor Emelianenko, used a ground-oriented attack that led the famed grappler to scores of 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28. Oleinik remained competitive but spent much of the fight on his back. Monson is now 10-2 in his past 12 fights, and the lone losses came to Emelianenko and Daniel Cormier (under the Strikeforce banner).
Also on the M-1 Challenge 31 card, Aleksander Emelianenko (19-5) handled Lithuanian super heavyweight Tadas Rimkevicius (19-7) and scored a TKO victory. Cornered by brother Fedor, Aleksander traded heavy barrages of strikes, survived a first-round flash-knockdown, and then stopped Rimkevicius with punches midway through the second round.
In other action:
•In his first fight since announcing a retirement in January 2011, former UFC fighter and ex-KOTC champion Mike “Joker” Guymon (13-5-1) dropped from welterweight to lightweight and picked up a second-round TKO victory over Cris Leyva (9-4). The bout headlined BAMMA USA’s Badbeat 5 event on Friday in Commerce, Calif. Guymon had retired following a 1-3 run in the UFC, where he picked up a unanimous-decision win over Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 113, but recently announced a return to competition.
•Also on the Badbeat 5 card, Scott Catlin (5-6) survived a first-round beating and then upset “The Ultimate Fighter 5” alum Gabe Ruediger (17-8) with a flurry of early-second-round punches. Additionally, recent WEC fighter Chad George (14-6) earned a quick submission victory over KOTC vet Shad Smith (12-15). George is now 9-2 over his past 11 fights. Read More