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John ‘ The Natural’ Alessio has been on a mission to get a return call to the Ultimate Fighting Championship for some time now.

In an interview with MM-eh a year ago, the Duncan, British Columbia native expressed his frustration with seeing fighters who he has beaten in the cage get the coveted UFC call, while he remains in the cold.

Last night at the Score Fighting Series 4 in Hamilton, Ontario, Alessio gritted out a unanimous decision win over Ryan Healy that must surely get him a big step closer to realizing that goal.

Alessio looked good in the early going, and clearly winning the first round, wobbling the apparently larger Healy with a stiff jab, and using his strong top game and control to help set up several guillotine choke attempts.

Healy made it an even fight by coming on strong in the second, where he connected with some hard punches then used his length to pin the shorter Alessio against the cage.  The third and deciding round looked to be even, until Alessio turned on the jets and was able to attain two takedowns, and finished the fight once again on top, grinding Healy into the cage.

In the end, all three judges saw it two rounds to one for Alessio, awarding him a 29-28 x 3 unanimous decision.

The anticipated bantamweight clash between hometown fighter Josh Hill and Saskatoon’s Eric Wilson also went the distance with Hill as the victor, but this was more of a one-sided affair.

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Hill controlled the location and pace of this fight, spending much of his time on top of Wilson and punching or grinding his elbows away.  To be fair to Wilson, although he never really seemed to offer up any serious offense, he was also never really in serious danger of being stopped either.

Going into tonight, not many were anticipating that the welterweight bout between UFC veteran Forrest Petz and Sergej Juskevic would be the Fight of the Night (FOTN), but that’s exactly what it turned out to be.

Within moments of the opening bell, Juskevic rocked Petz with a right and he sunk to the floor, but he was able to survive despite the onslaught of Juskevic, who wanted to capitalize on his fading advantage.  The next few minutes saw Petz slowly battle back until he was on incredibly on equal footing with Juskevic, and the pair stood toe to toe and started throwing everything they had at each other.  With 90 seconds left in the first it was apparent that both men were exhausted, but the fans were roaring their approval at this all-out war.

It seemed as if round two would continue where the first left off, but the volume of Petz’s strikes started to increase, and he sent Juskevic to the mat.  Petz continued to strike from top position, and continued still when Juskevic was able to regain his feet.  Petz was now blasting Juskevic with his crushing right fist, but the tough Lithuanian covered while standing and steadfastedly refused to give up, prompting referee Dan Miragliotta to step in and stop Petz’s barrage.

For much of the first three minutes of the bout between Alex Ricci and Iraj (Jay) Hadin, Hadin was pressuring Ricci into the cage, and the pair battled for control over position.  But when referee Yves Lavigne separated them at the three minute mark, it was only a matter of seconds before Ricci stepped in with a tight left hook that caught Hadin flush, and crumpled him and sat him to the floor, where Lavigne stepped in to save him from further damage.  Ricci improves to 5-0.

The bout between Shane Campbell and Derek Boyle had the FOTN title stolen from it by Petz and Juskevic, but nonetheless it was an amazingly tight and exciting fight.  The advantage switched back and forth between the two constantly, and each of the three rounds were so close that nobody in their right mind would have wanted to be one of the judges.

Each fighter also impressed for unusual reasons.  The two time world Muay Thai Champion Campbell obviously has great stand up credentials, but his takedown defense and grappling has improved noticeably.  And despite not having the same pedigree, Boyle did not look out of place at all in the striking department.

In the end, it was to Shane Campbell whom the judges awarded the 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27  unanimous decision.

Although it’s only March, Lyndon Whitlock might just have secured the title of ‘Knockout of the Year’ already.  Opponent Cory Houston looked great at the outset, using a crisp jab to keep Whitlock at distance, but  when he stepped in hands low to throw a kick, Whitlock torqued a beautiful right hook that caught him flush and rendered him unconscious before he even hit the floor.  Beautiful punch.

Jason Meisel  and Mike Sledzion started off their match seemingly even matched, but as the seconds ticked away, Meisel gained the advantage, and by the end of the first it was clear that he was the more technical fighter.

Round two started off with a quick dropping of Sledzion by a right hook behind his ear, and Meisel capitalized by leaping onto him and
securing a rear naked choke that looked like it would win him the fight. But Sledzion persevered and rolled out of it, but went right into a triangle choke attempt by Meisel, when he remained for several minutes to finish the round.

The final round was a doozy, with both fighters giving it their all. Meisel effectively used his left jab to set up other shot, and seemed especially to want to connect with an uppercut. Sledzion wasn’t backing down and snapped aout some nice body kicks. But in the end neither fighter could finish the other, and the judges gave their unanimous assent to Jason Meisel.

Mississauga, Ontario’s Elias Theodorou used his far superior grappling technique to control American opponent Erik Herbert from start to finish of their middleweight belt, earning the unanimous decision win.

Adam Assenza and John Roche  had a nice little tilt going for four minutes and seventeen seconds, until Roche was forced to verbally submit from some hard Assenza blows that he received while on his knees and Assenza over top.

Heavyweights Craig Hudson and John MacPhearson came at each other with bad intentions, but it was Hudson who connected early on, using a hard kick to the head that set up the beginning of the end for MacPhearson.

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