John Alessio vs. Shane Roller
Josh Rosenthal oversees the first fight of the FX broadcast. Alessio and Roller circle each other in the center of the cage, gauging distance and winging jabs. Roller charges forward, fakes a shot and lands a solid left hook to Alessio's jaw. Roller goes at it again but this time connects on a low blow with a sickening 'thwack.' Well, that one was bad. Alessio takes his time, before the action eventually picks back up with both men trading exchanges. Roller changes levels for a takedown but can't get it. Alessio pushes Roller up against the fence and snatches a leg, looking for a takedown that never comes. Roller eats a few body shots and circles out, stalking forward. Alessio floors the wrestler with a wild left hook, but Roller is luckily saved by the bell.
Alessio working his jab and staying busy early. Roller plods forward and eats a stiff counter for his troubles. Alessio walks Roller to the fence and drags the fight to the ground. Roller scrambles back to his feet after a failed guillotine attempt, reverses momentum and throws Alessio to the mat. Roller rains down elbows and short shots in half guard. Alessio tries unsuccessfully to stand but gives up his back to Roller in the process, who patiently latches both his hooks in. Thirty seconds remains and Roller is starting to blast Alessio with unanswered punches, but it's not enough.
The fight is up for grabs as both men meet in the center of the cage. Alessio charges forward with a salvo of on-target shots and Roller is hurt. Another uppercut cracks Roller against the fence. Alessio backs off and now Roller pushes on the offensive, dragging "The Natural" to the mat. Alessio hunts for a triangle from the bottom. He can't get it, but he uses the momentum to briefly stand before Roller throws him back down. Roller scrambles to Alessio's back and a clearly frustrated Alessio yelps, "Come on, let's fight!" Roller, with both hooks in and a body triangle, has complete control and rains down unanswered shots. Alessio squirms away and reverses to top position, where he frantically tries to unload on Roller. But it's too little, too late.
Shane Roller def. John Alessio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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