John Alessio has had trouble making that next step. He just lost in Japan against Andre Galvao and was badly in need of a win to start climbing the ladder again. Andrew Buckland was made to order. Alessio, in his 42nd fight, ran through the gamet of mixed martial arts skills to score a win. He blasted Buckland with a left that buckled the Canadian's legs.
Buckland went to the ground to save himself but Alessio was able to quickly transition from side control to mount. Once in the high mount, he pounded Buckland with 11 shots. Buckland gave his back and tapped to a choke three seconds later. Alessio moves to 29-13 as the fight was stopped at 2:53 of the first at MFC 21.
In the next fight, former UFC fighter David Heath blew a chance to win against Travis Galbreith. Heath was clearly the slicker striker but refused to put together his punches. He landed the harder shots but really could've exhibited some killer instinct and gotten a finish. He dropped a split decision (29-28, 29-28 and 28-29) to drop to 11-5. Heath, who looked a bit gassed and was taking deep breaths in the final round, really needs to shed the extra poundage and get down to middleweight where he could probably do some legit damage. Galbreith (17-6) had a tough time dealing with Heath's hand speed and really left himself open for some major damage by continually jumping into his jab. The Canadian looked surprised when he was given the decision. Heath reacted by running out the ring and then out of the arena at River Cree Casino in Edmonton, Alberta.
Heath was more efficient landing 56-percent of his 120 shots. Galbreith wasn't far behind at 43-of-109. Heath was 2-3 in the UFC and suffered the infamous choke out loss to Babalu at UFC 74. The guy actually went the distance in a loss to Lyoto Machida, who is fighting for the UFC light heavyweight title next week at UFC 98.