|Born||July 5, 1979|
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Other names||The Natural|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
John Paul Alessio (born July 5, 1979) is a Canadian retired professional mixed martial artist. A former competitor in Bellator's Lightweight division. A professional competitor since 1998, Alessio has also formerly competed for the UFC, the WEC, PRIDE, King of the Cage, MFC and DREAM. Alessio is also the former King of the Cage Welterweight Champion and King of the Cage Superfight Champion.
Alessio was born and raised Duncan, British Columbia, where he began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and kickboxing, before moving to San Jose, California at the age of 19 in order to pursue his dream of becoming a professional fighter. During his professional mixed martial arts career, Alessio has also won two national BMX trick biking championships.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Return to UFC
On April 3, 2012, it was reported that Alessio has returned to the UFC to replace an injured Matt Wiman and face Mark Bocek at UFC 145. Alessio was defeated via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).
Following his loss to Roller, Alessio was subsequently released from the UFC.
Aggression Fighting Championship
On September 13, Alessio signed with Aggression Fighting Championship. He headlined their AFC 13 show in Victoria, British Columbia on November 3. Alessio faced Dave Mazany in the main event. The bout ended in No Contest due to Mazany accidentally poking Alessio in the eye.
Alessio was scheduled to fight Tim Radcliffe at Global Warrior Challenge on June 29, 2013. However, he announced on Twitter on June 8 that a staph infection forced him to withdraw from the bout. Following that, Alessio announced that he had signed with Bellator MMA and will fight in the Lightweight tournament.
Alessio was originally scheduled to face Guillaume De Lorenzi at Bellator 119 on May 9, 2014. However, De Lorenzi was forced out of the bout due to injury, and Alessio instead fought Eric Wisely at the event. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Alessio faced David Rickels at Bellator 139 on June 26, 2015. The fight was declared a no contest in the first round after Rickles landed an unintentional illegal knee on a hurt Alessio who was unable to continue.
Championships and accomplishments
- KOTC Welterweight Championship
- KOTC Welterweight Championship (One time)
- Tachi Palace Fights
- TPF Welterweight Championship (One time)
- United Glory
- 2010-2011 Welterweight Tournament Semi-Finalist
- SuperBrawl 16 Middleweight Tournament Winner
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Youngest fighter to compete for a UFC Championship (20 years 11 months 4 days)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|54 matches||35 wins||17 losses|
|NC||35–17 (2)||David Rickels||NC (illegal knee)||Bellator 139||June 26, 2015||1||2:24||Mulvane, Kansas, United States|
|Win||35–17 (1)||Eric Wisely||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 119||May 9, 2014||3||5:00||Rama, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||34–17 (1)||Will Brooks||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 101||September 27, 2013||3||5:00||Portland, Oregon, United States||Bellator Season 9 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|NC||34–16 (1)||Dave Mazany||No Contest (eye poke)||AFC 13: Natural Selection||November 3, 2012||1||N/A||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Loss||34–16||Shane Roller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 148||July 7, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||34–15||Mark Bocek||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 145||April 21, 2012||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||34–14||Ryan Healy||Decision (unanimous)||Score Fighting Series 4||March 16, 2012||3||5:00||Hamilton, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||33–14||Luiz Firmino||Decision (unanimous)||Superior Cage Combat 3||November 4, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Dropped to Lightweight.|
|Win||32–14||Shawn Fitzsimmons||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Superior Cage Combat 2||August 20, 2011||2||3:52||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||31–14||Siyar Bahadurzada||TKO (punches)||United Glory 13||March 19, 2011||1||1:55||Charleroi, Belgium||Welterweight Tournament Semifinal bout.|
|Win||31–13||Phil Collins||TKO (punches)||TPF 7: Deck the Halls||December 2, 2010||3||0:35||Lemoore, California, United States||Won the Vacant Tachi Palace Fights Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||30–13||Sergey Golyaev||Submission (kimura)||United Glory 12||October 16, 2010||2||2:51||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Welterweight Tournament quarterfinal bout.|
|Win||29–13||War Machine||Submission (rear-naked choke)||TPF 5: Stars and Strikes||July 9, 2010||3||2:24||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||28–13||Chris Clements||Submission (guillotine choke)||W-1 MMA 4: Bad Blood||March 20, 2010||1||4:24||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||27–13||Matt Delanoit||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ROF 37: Warlords||March 5, 2010||1||2:46||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||26–13||Luigi Fioravanti||KO (punches)||MFC 22||October 2, 2009||3||1:34||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||25–13||Andrew Buckland||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 21||May 16, 2009||1||2:53||Enoch, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||24–13||André Galvão||Submission (armbar)||Dream 8||April 5, 2009||1||7:34||Nagoya, Japan||Welterweight Grand Prix First Round.|
|Loss||24–12||Paul Daley||KO (punches)||MFC 19: Long Time Coming||December 5, 2008||2||2:18||Enoch, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||24–11||Gideon Ray||TKO (punches)||SuperFights MMA: Night of Combat 2||October 11, 2008||1||0:45||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||23–11||Pete Spratt||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Banner Promotions: Night of Combat||June 20, 2008||2||2:07||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||22–11||Brock Larson||DQ (knee to downed fighter)||WEC 33: Marshall vs. Stann||March 26, 2008||1||1:50||Paradise, Nevada, United States|
|Win||22–10||Todd Moore||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 31||December 12, 2007||3||5:00||Paradise, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–10||Marcelo Brito||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 30||September 5, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||20–10||Alex Serdyukov||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 28||June 3, 2007||1||1:17||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||19–10||Carlos Condit||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 26: Condit vs. Alessio||March 24, 2007||2||4:59||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WEC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||19–9||Brian Gassaway||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 25||January 20, 2007||1||4:50||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||18–9||Thiago Alves||Decision (unanimous)||Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter||October 10, 2006||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||18–8||Alex Serdyukov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 23: Hot August Fights||August 17, 2006||3||1:52||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||17–8||Diego Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie||May 27, 2006||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||17–7||Savant Young||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Shock and Awe||October 1, 2005||3||2:09||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||16–7||Shannon Ritch||TKO (punches)||KOTC 58: Prime Time||August 5, 2005||1||0:41||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||15–7||Jonathan Goulet||Decision (split)||TKO 18: Impact||November 26, 2004||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||15–6||Brandon Olsen||Submission (armbar)||ETB: Enter the Beast||March 6, 2004||1||2:59||Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||14–6||Ronald Jhun||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 29: Renegades||September 5, 2003||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States||Won the KOTC Welterweight Championship, Later vacated.|
|Loss||13–6||Jason Black||Decision (split)||UCC 12: Adrenaline||January 25, 2003||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||13–5||Eiji Mitsuoka||TKO (doctor stoppage)||PRIDE The Best Vol.2||July 20, 2002||2||3:13||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–5||Chris Brennan||TKO (punches)||KOTC 15: Bad Intentions||June 22, 2002||1||2:20||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||11–5||John Delao||TKO (punches)||World Freestyle Fighting 1||April 13, 2002||1||1:22||Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||10–5||Nassor Lewis||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC 12: Cold Blood||February 9, 2002||1||2:07||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||9–5||Sean Pierson||KO (head kick)||UCC 7: Bad Boyz||January 25, 2002||2||1:14||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||8–5||Thomas Denny||Submission (keylock)||KOTC 11: Domination||September 29, 2001||1||1:55||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||7–5||Joe Doerksen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Superbrawl: Futurebrawl 2000||November 14, 2000||2||3:48||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||7–4||Pat Miletich||Submission (armbar)||UFC 26||June 9, 2000||2||1:43||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States||For UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||7–3||Jay R. Palmer||Submission (rear-naked choke)||SuperBrawl 16||February 8, 2000||1||1:20||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Wins SuperBrawl 16 Middleweight Tournament|
|Win||6–3||John Chrisostomo||TKO (punches)||SuperBrawl 16||February 8, 2000||2||3:04||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||SuperBrawl 16 Middleweight Tournament Semifinals|
|Loss||5–3||Egan Inoue||Submission (rear-naked choke)||SuperBrawl 15||December 7, 1999||1||2:41||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||5–2||Jason Meaders||Decision (unanimous)||Neutral Grounds 13||November 20, 1999||3||5:00||Lakeside, California, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Kousei Kubota||Submission (kimura)||Pancrase: Breakthrough 9||October 25, 1999||1||10:53||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–1||Fritz Borchardt||TKO (strikes)||Extreme Challenge 28||October 9, 1999||1||2:12||Ogden, Utah, United States|
|Win||3–1||Ben Earwood||Decision (split)||Extreme Challenge 28||October 9, 1999||1||13:00||Ogden, Utah, United States|
|Loss||2–1||David Harris||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bas Rutten Invitational 2||April 24, 1999||1||8:32||Littleton, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Derek McClinton||Submission (heel hook)||Ultimate Battle||May 17, 1998||1||1:44||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||1–0||Mike Headley||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Ultimate Battle||May 17, 1998||1||5:28||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
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