UFC 145 Results: What We Learned from John Alessio vs. Mark Bocek
In tonight's pay-per-view opener, lightweight contender Mark Bocek (11-4) earned a well-deserved unanimous decision over John Alessio (34-15), who returned to the Octagon for the first time since losing to Thiago Alves in 2006.
The judges' scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Bocek.
What We'll Remember about This Fight
It wasn't a fan-friendly fight, but Bocek was able to showcase his grappling dominance over an opponent with a wealth of experience as a professional.
What We Learned about Mark Bocek
It was a solid performance by Bocek, but it wasn't one that really showed the improvements that the 30-year-old is going to need to make to get to the elite level.
According to Compustrike stats, Bocek out-landed Alessio 95-72 in total strikes and 37-12 in power strikes. He also obtained three takedowns and four dominant positions.
What We Learned about John Alessio
Alessio belongs in the UFC, but he doesn't belong fighting opponents who are at or above Bocek's level. He is more of a gatekeeper, and Bocek is just a step above that.
What's Next for Bocek
A possible bout with the winner of Evan Dunham vs. Edson barboza could give fans a lot of answers as to where their ground game is against a very quality grappler. His only losses in his last eight fights have come against Benson Henderson and Jim Miller.
What's Next for Alessio
If the UFC keeps Alessio on the roster, he can face Bernardo Magalhaes, who recently dropped a decision loss to Tim Means at UFC on Fuel TV 1.
Tonight's pay-per-view event will be headlined by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones, who will be taking on a former teammate in "Sugar" Rashad Evans, who is a former champion and currently riding a four-fight win-streak.
Both have been hyping the fight since last year when Jones replaced Evans against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and defeated him in the third round to win the title and become the youngest UFC champion.
Since his win over Rua, Jones has defeated Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson to seal off what was one of the more impressive years of a mixed martial artist.
Other bouts on the card include Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills, Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell, Michael McDonald vs. Miguel Torres, Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin and Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio.
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