W-1 Quick Quote: Clements Looking to Test Himself
Top MMA News recently caught up with London, Ontario native Chris Clements as he prepares for his March 20th bout against John Alessio at W-1: Bad Blood in Montreal. Clements weighed in on the fight;
“I am really looking forward to testing my skills against a guy who has competed at the top level. Obviously a win over Alessio would open a lot of eyes and doors for me but really I am not considering him a stepping stone. I am looking forward to fighting him to challenge myself. I think Alessio is an all around better fighter than Carlos (Newton) who I was supposed to fight, and style wise I thinks it’s a better fight for me and for the fans.”
It is interesting to note that Shawn Tompkins is Alessio’s striking coach and Chris Clements is an original Team Tompkins product. Would this pose a problem for Clements? Would it be an advantage to Alessio having Tompkins’ inside info? Clements does not see it that way;
“It doesn’t bother me that he trains stand up with Shawn….I am an original Team Tompkins’ member. It’s more of an advantage I would think – I have been training our style of stand up a lot longer than him and I see learning techniques like this… You can learn 1000 techniques but if you don’t learn how to make them your own and use them your own way then you’ll never be able to use them. I have had a lot of time to make things my own!”
Clements (5-3-0) is a TKO veteran who has also fought in the IFL and most recently for Ringside where he notched a stoppage win over Mark Blackburn back in August of 2009. On paper ‘The Menace” is in tough against the more experienced Alessio, who has capped off a three fight win streak after impressive stoppage wins over Andrew Buckland and Luigi Fioravanti with a 1st round submission win over Matt Delanoit at a Ring of Fire event on March 5th. Alessio is a veteran of UFC, WEC, and MFC.
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