During his second stint with the UFC, Alessio (34-16) went 0-2 with the losses coming against Mark Bocek at UFC 145 and Shane Roller at UFC 148. Both losses came by decision and Alessio took the fight with Bocek on short notice.
At UFC 148, Alessio was able to control the opening round with his strikes and dropped his opponent with ten seconds left in the round. Roller was able to survive the round and used his wrestling and grappling in the final two rounds to get a unanimous decision victory. During the third round of his fight against Roller, Alessio was primarily on his back and asked Roller if he wanted to fight him or if he wanted to ride him.
Prior to coming back to the UFC, he had won 10 of his last 11 and finished his opponent in eight of those wins. His only lost during that time period came against current UFC fighter Siyar Bahadurzada, which he was defeated by TKO in the first round.