Alessio: Nobody left at Xtreme Couture


BloodyElbow's Steph Daniels does it again, in a wide-ranging interview with John Alessio. It included this exchange about the decline of Xtreme Couture.

Stephie Daniels: Are you doing anything special to beef up your wrestling? Have you made any camp changes or brought in specific people to help you out?

John Alessio: I've actually left Xtreme Couture. It just happened over the last few months. I'm pretty much full time at Syndicate and Drysdale's. I do my boxing with Gil Martinez at a different gym called Epic, but it's not really open to the public.

There was just nobody left at Xtreme. I was one of the first, with Pyle and Heiron and those guys, to come into Xtreme Couture. We built that gym, basically. When we first started, there was nothing but an octagon inside of a big, empty warehouse. That's how we trained, to start. Then the gym got built up from there.

It was really hard for me to leave. I'm a very loyal person, and that's a rare quality these days. I understand that in mixed martial arts, you kind of have to be selfish, because it is a one on one sport, it is all about you. At the same time, you can't forget about the people that helped you along the way and what they did for you. I appreciate everything I've learned from everybody, whether it was just one small move or if they worked with me for years.

I will never forget my time at Xtreme Couture. Those were some of the greatest years of my career. It was a blast, but it's unfortunately died down, and the fighters have moved on, and I needed to do the same thing. I needed a change, personally, anyways. I needed to reinvigorate my career.

I'll be honest, those two losses inside the UFC, and then getting cut, hurt me inside, big time. I really thought that was gonna be my time to shine in the UFC, and I was gonna bring it and eventually get a title shot. It really hit me hard and I kind of got depressed. I just wasn't into it and then I hurt my knee, which was even more depressing. I thought, 'Where is my career going now? I'm kind of getting old, I lost in the UFC, I got cut and now my knees hurt.'

I just took some time and made some more changes. I changed the gym, I got healthy and started getting motivated again. I was looking for fights, but nothing was panning out over the last few months. Finally, the clouds broke, the sunshine came out, and Bellator offered me a contract. I've got a fight June 29th, I'm opening my business this week, and things have really turned around for me. I'm feeling supercharged and excited. I'm ready to start a new chapter.

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Follow John via Twitter @JohnAlessio79... lists the pro fighters at the gym, but the list is not up to date.


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luctaro site profile image  

6/4/13 5:44 AM by luctaro

HA!Thats comedy.

Jesús X site profile image  

6/4/13 5:10 AM by Jesús X

used to love seeing alessios fights on my king of the cage dvds.

wasssp site profile image  

6/4/13 4:05 AM by wasssp

Just watched his fight vs Condit. Did he ever explain why he tapped w/ one second to go? Was he not aware of the clock? Or did he just figure there was no use in prolonging that ass whipping? Dgmw, I'd have tapped, too.

GSP24 site profile image  

6/3/13 12:04 PM by GSP24

XC was one of the top gyms in 2007 and 2008. Damn!

DevinS site profile image  

6/3/13 11:57 AM by DevinS

Mac Danzig talked about this in quite a bit of detail on Rogan's podcast a while back. I can't remember everything, but he more or less talked about people there just beating the shit out of eachother everyday and getting burnt out on it.

stuvelo site profile image  

6/3/13 8:55 AM by stuvelo

that sucks, i doubt he had any ownership in the gym, so he had no motivation to bust his ass to build it, hopefully he can get something going on his own

Jack Brown site profile image  

6/3/13 8:53 AM by Jack Brown

+another 1.

Kirik site profile image  

6/3/13 8:47 AM by Kirik


CindyO site profile image  

6/3/13 3:09 AM by CindyO

This. And LOL that he'll be doing a show called MMA Rescue on Spike when his own gym has been falling apart for years!   Cindy

big_roy_fan site profile image  

6/3/13 2:48 AM by big_roy_fan

Well, if nobody left, then why'd he leave?notsrs