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In the UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans PPV opener, Lightweights Mark Bocek and John Alessio squared off. After 3 rounds, Bocek walked away the winner via unanimous decision, with scores of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28. He now improves his overall record to 11-4 and is on a 2 fight win streak. Alessio is now 0-4 in the UFC.
Veteran journeyman Alessio was a replacement for Matt Wiman here, and this ended up feeling like a somewhat thrown together fight. It wasn't bad, but in a night full of decisions, it didn't stand out either. Both men are technically sound, but Bocek seemed to do everything just a bit better than his more experienced opponent. A good win for the UFC veteran.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Honestly, there wasn't a real high spot. Bocek showed some good control in round 3, but nothing that really jumped out.
Where do these guys go from here?
Bocek wins, but it didn't do much for him. He's a solid middle of the road UFC Lightweight, and this won't break him out of that spot. He could face pretty much anyone in the division at the moment, though if Wiman is recovered, rescheduling that planned fight makes sense.
Alessio didn't look particularly bad, but it's hard to see how he fits into the UFC picture. He could get another low level fight as a thank you for stepping in to replace Wiman, but I suspect he won't be back.
Watch it now, later or never?
Never. Again, it wasn't bad, but there just wasn't anything of note going on here.
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