Alessio and Barata come up big at Superior Cage Combat

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Alessio, 32, trains at Randy Couture's team in Las Vegas. Publicity photo.

At Superior Cage Combat 3 this Friday at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas, former UFC and WEC fighter John Alessio (Team Couture) notched his second win in the promotion and begins to return to his winning ways.

Headlining the event, Alessio got the better of former Pride FC fighter Luiz Junior“Buscapé” throughout their three-round affair, winning by unanimous decision. With the result, Alessio brings his win tally to 33.

In the title fight, Brazil’s Jay Silva and Bristol Marunde went the full five rounds in what was a lively fight, despite some boos from the crowd when the fight came to a standstill in the fourth round. After the scorecards had been read, Marunde kept his title via unanimous decision.

Another of the night’s standouts, Phil Dace overcame former UFC and ADCC fighter Dave Terrel.

Head Jiu-Jitsu coach at Wanderlei Silva’s Las Vegas academy, Sydnei Silva wasn’t up to snuff against Cameron Diffley. Diffley, a coach on a season of TUF and former Jiu-Jitsu coach to Forrest Griffin, out-grappled the Brazilian, winning by armbar just four minutes into the opening round.

Now Junior “Barata” used his takedown prowess to annul Alonso Martinez for three rounds and snatch the unanimous decision. The Brazilian representing Finney’s Hit Squad brought his winning record to eight.

Las Vegas, United States
November 4, 2011

Shorty Weikel submitted Kui Gonçalves via rear-naked choke in R2;
Cameron Diffley submitted Sidney Silva via armbar in R1;
Shawn Fitzsimmons defeated Blas Avena via technical knockout in R2;
Phil Dace defeated Dave Terrel via unanimous decision;
Shane Nelson defeated Lance Wipf via technical knockout in R2;
Junior Barata defeated Alonso Martinez via unanimous decision;
Dominique Robinson and Steve Lopez fought to a draw;
Emanuel Newton submitted James McSweeney via rear-naked choke in R1;
Bristol Marunde defeated Jay Silva via unanimous decision;
John Alessio defeated Luiz Firmino Buscapé via unanimous decision.

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