John Alessio (left) will drop to lightweight for the first time when he faces Rob Emerson at Superior Cage Combat 3 on Nov. 4 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Superior Cage Combat returns to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 4, with SCC 3. Eleven professional mixed martial arts bouts are scheduled with a lightweight showdown between UFC vets John Alessio (32-14) and Rob Emerson (11-10, 1 NC) serving as headliner.

Alessio is fresh off a second round rear-naked choke submission victory over Shawn Fitzsimmons at Superior Cage Combat 2 last month (see’s exclusive video interview with Alessio after the fight). He will be dropping to lightweight for this bout.

Emerson, probably best known for his antics on The Ultimate Fighter season 5, had won back-to-back fights nearing the end of 2010, but dropped his most recent fight to Justin Salas via unanimous decision at Full Force Fighting in January.

In the co-main event and SCC’s first title fight, M-1 and IFL vet Bristol Marunde (14-6) will take on Elvis “The King” Mutapcic (9-2) in a five round middleweight showdown to determine who will be crowned Superior Cage Combat’s 185-pound champion.

Marunde has fought on both of the previous SCC shows, scoring a unanimous decision over Chuck Grigsby at SCC 1 and a first round submission over Victor Moreno at SCC 2. And Mutapcic caught everyone’s attention who was in attendance at SCC 2 last month when he knocked out Cezar Ferreira just 25 seconds into the fight.

Also on the card, and looking to build on the success from his last two wins at light heavyweight, TUF 10 alum James McSweeney (6-8) will take on Emanuel “The Hardcore Kid” Newton (16-6-1), who is riding a four-fight win streak.

SCC promoter Ryan Langmaid commented on the stacked line-up:

“This is the best fight card we have had in SCC so far. John Alessio has decided to make the drop to the lightweight division to further his career in the sport, and seven time UFC vet Emerson will definitely be a tough fight in Alessio’s first cut ever. We are also happy to announce the five round title fight in the middleweight division. Marunde and Mutapcic both deserve the shot and this will be a war. The main card is packed with big names, and I especially look forward to see the SCC debuts of James McSweeney and Emanuel Newton, Shane Nelson as he takes on SCC 1 veteran Lance Wipf, and the heated rematch between Dave Terrel and Phil Dace.”

The full SCC 3 (Nov. 4) fight card is as follows:

  • John Alessio vs. Robert Emerson (155)
  • Bristol Marunde vs. Elvis Mutapcic (185) Title Fight
  • James McSweeney vs. Emanuel Newton (205)
  • Steve Lopez vs. Sean Wilson (155)
  • Lance Wipf vs. Shane Nelson (155)
  • Dave Terrel vs. Phil Dace (170)
  • Cameron Diffley vs. Javier Torres (170)
  • Shawn Fitzsimmons vs. Blas Avena (170)
  • Danny Davis Jr vs. Sidney Silva (170)
  • Kui Gonsalves vs. Jason Gybles (145)
  • Jerry Shapiro vs. Jimmy Grant (135

Tickets for SCC 3 go on sale Friday, Sept. 16, at 12 p.m. PT and will be priced at $35.00, $50.00, $75.00 and $125.00. SCC fans on Facebook,, will have the opportunity to purchase tickets from Sept. 14, two days before the official release. Tickets will be available at the Orleans Arena Box Office (888-234-2334), on and on

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