11/5 MMA News and Notes
Nov 5, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ Former UFC/WEC/DREAM welterweight veteran John “The Natural” Alessio made a successful lightweight debut last night in Las Vegas by defeating PRIDE veteran Luiz Firmino (20-6) via unanimous decision. The bout occurred at Superior Cage Combat 3. Alessio is 9-1 in his last 10 bouts to move his record to 33-14.
~ PRIDE heavyweight veteran Aleksander Emelianenko (17-4) will step up on short notice and take on a to-be-named opponent in the main event of M-1 Global’s next event. M-1 Challenge 28 goes down Nov. 12 from Star Centre in Astrakhan, Russia. Emelianenko is on a current 8-1 run.
~ Bellator Fighting Championships’ fifth-season middleweight finalists will collide one week sooner than expected, as Alexander Shlemenko (42-7) and Vitor Vianna (12-1-1) have been assigned to Bellator 57 on Nov. 12. Bellator 57 is the promotion’s return to Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada.
~ Victory Promotions has created a 17-fight card for its inaugural event at the 6,500-seat Tsongas Center set for next Saturday in Lowell, Massachusetts. UFC veteran Rich “No Love” Clementi (40-20-1) looks to snap out of a 1-3 skid when he faces Ronnie Rogers (10-6) in the main event.
~ UFC/Bellator/Bamma middleweight veteran Matt “Suave” Horwich (26-19-1) will look to defeat Michal Materla (15-3) on November 26 in Lodz, Poland. The bout is part of KSW 17, set for the Atlas Arena. KSW is the biggest MMA promotion in Poland. Horwich is in a bad 3-8 run over the last 3 years.