New Hampshire’s Nick Alley (6-3) doesn’t feel disrespected that most media headlines are all raving about his opponent, grandson of mobster John A. Gotti, John Gotti III, this week.
The 29-year-old, on the strength of a three-fight win streak in which all of his wins have come by way of submission, knows it won’t matter come fight night.
“It’s business,” Alley told MMA-Prospects. “I’m expecting a tough fight; he won’t quit even in bad positions. I’m expecting a good, tough fight, not expecting to walk through this kid. [There will be a] lot of people watching, so I’m excited.”
The one-time Bellator veteran was more than prepared when he got the call from CES heralding the opportunity to headline the return of the Rhode Island promotion. Alley was scheduled to fight for Premiere FC on October 3rd, but the card fell through amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, his eyes are on the CES cage, where he will be headlining against a top name in the region.
“I got the call for Gotti only a week and a half after my fight fell through,” Alley said. “Mentally and physically, I’m the best I’ve ever been. I know everyone says that shit, but I feel fantastic. This is the best camp I’ve ever had.”
Alley, who trains out of Team Link Hooksett in New Hampshire, believes he’d be nowhere close to this opportunity without his team. Training under head coach Ed Carr, he believes his team has excelled to put him in this position.
“I have some killers for coaches and training partners,” Alley stated. “They are my boys. They get me ready for everything. Everything has gone on without a hitch, [thanks to] them and my nutritionist team.”
Although this may be the biggest fight, and the biggest stage, of Alley’s career, he feels no pressure to make a statement. At the end of the day, he believes he’ll keep inching toward his goal of fighting in the UFC.
“No matter what happens here, the work will continue,” Alley stated. “A win over John Gotti doesn’t get me to the UFC, it gets me a step closer, [and it] could be the other way around for him. Consistency is key, for me.”
And Alley has been consistent since his last loss back in 2018. At that point, Alley was 3-3 on a three-fight losing skid. But fast forward to CES 61, and the New Hampshire native is looking for his fourth straight win.
The turning point? Nutrition.
“I did a lot of things wrong,” Alley said. “Not taking care of my body between fights, letting myself get really high in weight and rush[ing] to get it down… I needed a change,” Alley continued. “That is when I got with Trisha, my nutritionist. Night and day difference. Everything is a breeze.”
When asked what fans need to know about Nick Alley heading into CES 61, Alley says the key element of his game is that he can’t be broken.
“You can’t break my will,” said Alley. “I’ll never be out of a fight unless you physically take me out of the fight. You gotta take me out.”
Alley predicts a second-round finish in the main event of CES 61, believing, “We are both too exciting for this to go the distance.”