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John  “The Natural” Alessio, an Xtreme Couture fighter,  is set to return to the UFC after more than a five-year absense from the world’s largest MMA promotion. Alessio will replace injured Matt Wiman against Mark Bocek on the main card of UFC 145 in Atlanta April 21. The event will be headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans.

A 14-year MMA veteran, Alessio has only made three UFC appearances over the course of his career.

At UFC 26 on June 9, 2000, he lost via submission to then-welterweight champion Pat Miletich. Alessio wouldn’t return until almost six years later, when he dropped a close unanimous decision to Diego Sanchez at UFC 60. His last octagon appearance saw him lose a unanimous decision to Thiago Alves at UFC The Final Chapter on Oct. 10, 2006.

Alessio is currently riding a three-fight win streak and has been victorious in ten of his last 11 bouts.



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W-1 Bad Blood – John Alessio vs Chris Clements

Xtreme Couture Fighter John Alessio has put together a four fight win streak with 2 of them taking place within the month of March.

Below is the entire fight which ended in a first round victory for Alessio Submission (Guillotine Choke)

John Alessio Back in Action @ W-1

Posted: March 11, 2010 by Xtreme Couture MMA in John Alessio
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With his win at Ring of Fire last week, former UFC welterweight John Alessio is back in the gym here at Xtreme Couture MMA and has indeed put himself on the right path following his decision to make major life changes.

No longer part of the Las Vegas party scene and now a dedicated gym rat, Alessio has won three fights in a row and continues to look increasingly more impressive each time out.

“The plan was to go in there and take care of business as fast as possible; especially with another fight being two weeks later,” Alessio told of his Ring of Fire win. “I wanted to go in and not get any bruises, cuts or injuries, and I was able to do just that.

“I was able to get control position on top and rained down a few elbows until he gave up his back and sunk in the signature rear naked choke.”

After defeating Matt Delanoit at Ring of Fire, Alessio has little time to celebrate as he replaces an injured Carlos Newton at the March 20 W-1: Bad Blood show against Chris Clements.

“I’ve got to totally shift gears now and completely refocus on a new opponent, a new style,” commented Alessio. “This guy is a stocky slugger and is really going to try to take my head off.

“This guy has really heavy hands so I expect this fight to be a little bit more of a brawl, a bit more of a stand-up match. It’s going to be tough, but I’m looking forward to going back to Canada and winning over some fans in Montreal.”

Rather than be concerned about the short turn-around between fights, Alessio is excited to get a chance to replace Newton and keep his own personal ball rolling.

“I love Carlos Newton, so it was a great honor to step into his big shoes and I hope I can fill them for the crowd,” exclaimed Alessio. “I just want to continue on the path I’m on right now.

“I’m feeling really good, really confident, and I’ve been working really hard and want to just keep showcasing my skills and earn that chance to compete in the UFC once again.”

As Alessio mentioned, with his current success he hopes to open the eyes of the promotion that has cut him twice previously.

“If I can pick up this fight with a win, that will be four in a row,” said Alessio. “With finishes in all my fights – two of them in the first round – I think I’m on the right path to opening the UFC’s eyes again.

“I’m really focused right now. I know what I have to do. I’ve changed my life. I’m training hard. I’m dedicated. So I feel only good things can happen from that.”

With petitions on Facebook by fans to have Alessio return to the UFC and his rejuvenated attitude, it may not be long before he finds himself where he wants to be.

“Thanks to my friends, family and my sponsors: Knockout Fight Wear, TapouT, Gamma-O, Shaw Chiropractic, Full Tilt Poker, and TCB Fight Wear,” he closed out. “All the fans that supported me for this last fight, you were awesome.

“It’s made me real emotional and I want to feed off that and keep going. I’m going to do it again in two weeks and keep the ball rolling.”

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 – by Mick Hammond –

Junie "The Lunatic" Browning

Junie "The Lunatic" Browning

This Saturday (Dec. 13th) at The Pearl in Las Vegas, NV. Junie Browning will go into battle under the Xtreme Couture banner as he faces fellow Team Mir cast member Dave Kaplan on the main card.

When Junie first joined the team here at Xtreme Couture none of us were sure exactly what to expect. Watching Junie on The Ultimate Fighter reality show potrayed him as violent and unpredictable, yet since the first day he stepped into our gym he has shown nothing but respect and conducted himself in a way that makes us all proud to have him as a member of our team. Junie shows the raw talent and work ethic that rests at the center of all Xtreme Couture fighters.

Junie Browning: “I just want to thank Randy, Shawn, and all of Xtreme Couture for accepting me and helping me prepare for this fight. I feel honored to represent the Xtreme Team. After the show, I honestly felt as if there was no team in the world that would accept me. You not only accepted me but helped me become a better fighter and person. Every fighter, here at Xtreme has gained a new hard core fan. There are not words that can express the gratitude I feel for the team and all that they have done.”

Junie will have the support of his entire team and everyone here at Xtreme Couture when he enters the cage on Saturday night.

The Ultimate Fighter 8 – Finale
Main Card:

Phillipe Nover -vs- Efrain Escudero
Ryan Bader -vs-
Vinicius Magalhaes
Jason MacDonald -vs-
Wilson Gouveia
Kevin Burns -vs-
Anthony Johnson
Junie  Browning -vs- Dave Kaplan

By: Eddie Miles


Xtreme Couture fighter John “The Natural” Alessio (24 11) will be squaring off with Paul “Semtex” Daley (18 7 2) tonite at MFC 19 in Alberta, Canada. The event can be seen live on HDNet at 10:00 PM EST (Check your local listing).

John Alessio is going into this fight after back to back wins over Pete Spratt and Gideon Ray where he was able to show both his submission skills and his abilities as a striker. Canadian born Alessio sets out  tonite to make his homecoming a very painful night for the UK striker Paul Daley, who is coming off a submission loss to Jake Shields at EliteXC – Heat.

John was quoted in saying:

“I’m super excited for this fight … I think its one of the biggest welterweight fights Canada has seen. Daley brings in good striking and he’s athletic and explosive, this is a big fight for my career.”

“I have a lot of family and friends coming out for this … It’s great to return to my home country to fight because I’ve been staying in the US for so long a lot of people forget I am Canadian. I am mostly just looking forward to getting in the ring again. Fighting is what I love to do.”

by: Eddie Miles

MMA fans got to see a great card put together in part by Skip Kelp (Superfights MMA) and Kim Couture (KC Concepts). Xtreme Couture fighters took seven out of eight fights in a Night Of Combat II that left the fans wanting more!

The Co-Main event featuring Rick Roufus (4-3), a six-time world kickboxing champion and UFC veteran Hector Ramirez (7-3-1) was a fifteen minute battle which both fighters left it all in the ring.

Ramirez won the fight via unanimous decision but Roufus landed several impressive strikes in the first round, including a spinning backfist that staggered the “Sick Dog”.

All three judges scored the fight 29-28. Ramirez added another win to his resume.

In the co-feature, Jay Hieron (16-4) won a bloody unanimous decision over Chris Kennedy (6-6).

Hieron went to work with a devastating ground and pound game letting Kennedy know immediately that Jay’s elbows should be called weapons of mass destruction which left Kennedy bloody and a fist size welt on his forehead in the second which only got worse.

“He’s a warrior,” Hieron said. “He was bloody and kept going.”

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to use my elbows,” Hieron said. “That’s my weapon.”

All three judges scored the fight 30-27.

Kennedy, a local Las Vegas fighter, stepped up on short notice after Bryson Kamaka, who had been scheduled to fight Hieron, tested positive for marijuana during pre-fight testing by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Mike Pyle (17-5-1) won via submission over Brian Gassaway (28-18-2).

Pyle used a ground and pound attack before finishing with an armbar at 4:21 of the first round.

“I made sure I got a good clean takedown,” Pyle said. “I kind of wanted to pound him out and make him quit, but I’ll take the submission.”

Gideon Ray (15-10-1) completely helpless against John Alessio’s (24-11) heavy hands.

Alessio knocked out Gideon in just 45 seconds into the first round and a bit of payback for some heated words at wiegh-ins which prompted Gideon’s cheap shot shoving tactic.

Gideon continued to show little class when exiting the ring with an ice pack on his forehead, Ray threatened some of Alessio’s supporters sing ringside and was held back by his camp.

Chalk one one up for the good guys!

Josh Haynes (11-10) beat Sean Salmon (15-5),  at 2:49 of the second round with an achilles lock.

Haynes dropped Salmon with a heavy left hook early in the first. In the second, Haynes again dropped Salmon with a straight right. Salmon with a solid chin held on for second time and got up to continue the fight. When the fight went tot he ground Haynes not known for his ground game took complete control and ended the fight with a submission.

Night of Combat II results

-Ryan Hass defeats Ian Omalza by submission (Armbar) at 3:09 of R1.
-Elena Reid defeats Stephanie Palmer by TKO (Punch) at 0:53 of R1.
-Patrick “Kui” Gonsalves defeats Shawn David by submission (Kimura) at 3:51 of R2.
-Jonathan Mix defeats John Halverson by TKO (strikes) at 4:25 of R1.
-Josh Haynes defeats Sean Salmon by submission (achilles lock) at 2:49 of R2.
-John Alessio defeats Gideon Ray by TKO (Strikes) at 0:45 of R1.
-Mike Pyle defeats Brian Gassaway by submission (Armbar) at 4:21 of R1.
-Jay Hieron defeats Chris Kennedy by unanimous decision.
-Hector Ramirez defeats Rick Roufus by unanimous decision.

By: Scott Haney

Hooters Casino will host the Night Of Combat II Official Weigh Ins and Press Conference  starting on Thursday, October 9th  and events wrapping up the evening of Friday, October 10, 2008.

Thursday October 9th check out the press conference at the Hooters Pool Deck starting at 4pm.

Friday head on back to Hooters for the official Weigh Ins starting at 4pm, again at the Pool Deck and after that catch the Stare Down at 5:45pm to 6pm on the casino floor.

Finally after the Weigh Ins and Stare Down Hooters is having an autograph signing with the fighters and the beautiful Hooters calendar girls from 7pm – 8pm on the casino floor.

If you haven’t got your tickets for the October 11th fights at the Thomas and Mack please log-on to or call 702.739.3267. Tickets start as low as $15 and ringside for only $50.

Support your Xtreme Couture Fighters ! ! !

(John Alessio looks at his broke arm after choking out Pete Spratt)

8,962 fans filed into the Thomas and Mack Center Friday night to witness “A Night of Combat”. The free night of fights feature Boxing and MMA was the brainchild of UNLV’s Daren Libonati and Banner Promotions’ Art Pelullo. Vegas fight fans were the beneficiaries of gratis tickets and priceless action. Both halves of the card featured tremendous action with warriors that gave their all and laid everything on the line.

The live event was tremendous. The Thomas and Mack Center put on awesome video packages, the Nellis Air Force Honor Guard presented the colors while an instrumental version of the Star Spangled Banner played and the packed house sang the verses and fans enjoyed themselves both in their seats and at the top notch bars and restaurants in the Thomas and Mack.

Be sure to get there in person the next time UNLV and Banner Promotions team up for an event.

Enjoy the MMA fight videos below.

To see some incredible photos of the event by our pal Tracy Lee check out

John Alessio vs Pete Spratt pics

Kim Couture vs Kim Rose Rd 1 pics

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Rd 3

Kui Gonsalves-Kanoho vs Ricky Johnson Rd 1 pics

Rd 2

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Brice Ritani-Coe vs Big Rob Mitchell pics

Dennis Davis vs Dave Jansen Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

John Alessio (169lbs) vs Pete Spratt (170lbs)

Kim Couture (129lbs) vs Kim Rose (129lbs)

Dennis Davis (150lbs) vs Dave Jansen (150lbs)

Kui Gonsalves-Kanoho (145lbs) vs Ricky Johnson (145lbs)

Brice Ritani-Coe (310lbs) vs Rob Mitchell (299lbs)