John Alessio (35-17) is scheduled to fight Dave Rickels (16-3) this Friday night at Bellator 139 and talked about the upcoming fight as well as how he believes a win over Rickels will get him a title shot against Will Brooks down the road.
“Winning this fight, I believe, puts me in title contention,” Alessio told MMAjunkie. “I believe I should be the next lightweight to get a title shot. There’s a really tough guy out there named Michael Chandler, but he’s lost to the champion twice already. He should have to win a couple more fights to get a title shot. I deserve it. I’m going to stop David Rickels then get mine.”
Both and Rickels are coming into this fight on a one fight winning streak. When asked about the upcoming fight, Alessio seemed confident about the matchup.
“This is a great one for me; a great matchup,” Alessio said. “He’s tough, aggressive and it’s going to be an entertaining fight. I’m excited for this matchup and believe I have the right set of skills to defeat David Rickels. I have the right abilities to counter aggressive fighters and see myself walking out victorious with a finish.”
Bellator 139: Kongo vs. Volkov will take place Friday, June 26, 2015 at Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas. The event will air live in prime time on Spike TV.
This event is expected to be headlined by a heavyweight bout between UFC veteran Cheick Kongo and former Bellator Heavyweight Champion Alexander Volkov. In the co-main event, Pat Curran (20-7) takes on Emmanuel Sanchez (10-1).
We’ll be providing live play-by-play coverage of this event this Friday night.