Ford, Alessio on collision course

JASON HILLS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

Ryan Ford thinks John Alessio's arrival in the MFC is for the sole purpose of getting someon to shut Alessio's mouth.

They won't be meeting each other at MFC 19:Long Time Coming tonight at the River Cree Resort and Casino, but with the verbal sparring between the welterweights continuing, it won't be long.

"He's saying that I fight sloppy and that I am not good," Ford said in reference to comments Alessio made to sportsnet.ca after Ford's win against Pete Spratt.

"He'll get his time, and that grudge isn't going to go away.

"Those words were spoken, you can't take them back. The only way you are going to take them back is when I punch you in the face."

Ford, who will be watching from the sidelines tonight as he recovers from a knee injury sustained during training, has a bold prediction for tonight's bout between Alessio and England's Paul Daley.

"I have a strange suspicion that (Alessio) is going to suffer his first knockout," Ford said at yesterday's weigh-in.

Alessio, who was born in Duncan, B.C., but now trains out of Randy Couture's gym in Las Vegas, has been fighting for 10 years.

He's fought in the UFC and has a career record of 24-11 in mixed martial arts.

He's won five of his last six fights.

Alessio knows why he's in the MFC now.

Part of it may have to do with the potential run-in with Ford, but he also wants to be the next MFC welterweight champ.

"What excites me the most is chasing that belt. If I want to stay in the MFC, I want that belt and I want people chasing me. It already seems like Ford is chasing me like I am the champ," said Alessio.

The grudge between the two welterweights has been brewing since February.

They could end up squaring off if Alessio is successful tonight against Daley and Ford is successful in his re-match with MFC welterweight champion Pat Healy.

Even if one of them loses, they will almost certainly meet sometime down the road.

"To be honest, I respect him as a young up-and-coming fighter, but if he wants to keep holding this grudge, I don't really care," said Alessio.

"I've never even spoken to the man, I have never been introduced to him.

"We can let it go, or we can have a beef.

"I'm here for one thing and one thing only, and that is to work my way up to becoming the MFC welterweight champion."


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