Sam Alvey faces 'biggest weight cut of my life' ahead of UFC Fight Night 118

if(typeof(jQuery)==”function”){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)};
jwplayer(‘jwplayer_0wWGGqC2_FLu19iir_div’).setup(
{“playlist”:”http://content.jwplatform.com/feeds/0wWGGqC2.json”,”ph”:2}
);

Filed under: News, UFC, Videos

GDANSK, Poland – Sam Alvey wants to book a dream fight with Brazilian legend Vitor Belfort next year, but he’ll have to complete a weight cut of more than 34 pounds to get there.

Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) takes on fellow middleweight Ramazan Emeev (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place ar Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and streams on UFC Fight Pass. Alvey looks to round off his year with a win and convince the UFC to grant his wish to face former UFC light heavyweight champion Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) in the new year.

But with the call coming just 10 days ahead of the contest, and with Alvey not in optimal fight shape, the California native has in effect accepted two fights this week, as he faces a battle with the scale, and then the bout itself against Emeev.

Alvey was looking to squeeze in one more fight before the end of 2017, and he was hoping he might be the ideal man to step in should anything happen to either Anderson Silva or Kelvin Gastelum ahead of their UFC Fight Night 122 main event clash in Shanghai later this year.

“We’ve been bugging them for a fight,” he admitted. “We wanted to fight again this year, just like everyone on the UFC roster. We were told it’s probably not going to happen.

“I started running because I was anticipating Anderson Silva or Gastelum getting injured. ‘Sign me up. I’m there!’ So I was kinda training for that one, just in case.”

That fight didn’t materialize, and instead Alvey was offered an altogether different kind of test, against a dangerous Russian with an underrated record – on just 10 days’ notice.

Alvey’s face told the story when he explained how he was “right on the borderline” of whether he could get enough weight off in time to make the 186-pound middleweight limit for Saturday’s matchup.

But despite admitting he faces a serious weight-cut between now and official weigh-ins, he’s taking everything in stride with that familiar smile on his face.

“We’re going to make the biggest weight cut of my life, but we’re going to do it successfully,” he insisted, explaining that when he got the call to fight at middleweight he was “north of 220” pounds.

“As soon as camp (for his last fight) is over, I’m back, I’m lifting, I’m getting swole – and I’m eating,” he part-joked.

“It was a lot of fun making weight – so far!

“For me, it’s ‘say yes,’ and I’ll figure it out later. It’s always been the case, and my career’s been going real well so far.”

With Alvey accepting the fight – and the challenge of getting down to his contracted weight – he explained that he’d done some research on his opponent and discovered a man who, despite his lack of name recognition, held a fight record that demanded respect.

“I watched everything I could,” he said of Emeev, who holds a 15-3 record. “I know he’s a stud. He’s fought a lot of guys who are like 30-4 or 29-7 who have big winning records. So he’s no joke. I couldn’t take him lightly.

“I’ve got my idea of what I want to have happen, and I’m going to go out there and try to make it happen.”

And if Alvey is successful on Saturday night, he hopes 2018 will be the year he moves into contender status, though he concedes he’ll always be labeled a “fun fighter” by the fans.

“You know what? As long as the UFC likes me – the fans like me already – I’m going to be that fighter,” he said. “I’m going be that fighter that’s got the dynamite in (his) hands. I’m going to be that fighter that can even submit black belts if need be.

“It’s just a matter of time. The Vitor fight will be my real ticket to the top-10 starlight, and he wants the fight too, so we’ll make that fight happen.”

That potential clash with Belfort is something Alvey made clear he wants in his immediate future.

And the man known for his heavy hands and winning smile hopes to use victory on Saturday in Poland to state his case for a battle with Belfort.

“I said yes, and Vitor said yes. The UFC just had different plans for now,” he said. “But after I win this one at such short notice, I think the UFC owes me a little bit.

“And I’m going to demand it. I want Vitor. Give me Vitor!”

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/znkENge5GkATktCm8g5YXC/278405”, customAnalytics: true, title: “Alvey def. Evans”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: News, UFC, Videos
Source: MMA Junkie

Sam Alvey takes late-notice fight at next week's UFC Fight Night 118 event

Middleweight slugger Sam Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has made it clear he wants to stay as busy as possible, and that includes picking up the phone whenever the UFC calls.

This time, the voice on the other end of the line asked him to step in on a little more than one week’s notice to replace Trevor Smith (15-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and face Russian prospect Ramazan Emeev (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118.

Alvey said yes.

UFC officials today announced the change for the Oct. 21 event, which takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Alvey fought most recently in August, scoring a split-decision win over former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. The 31-year-old Alvey is 5-1 in his past six appearances, a run that also includes wins over Nate Marquardt, Alex Nicholson, Kevin Casey and Eric Spicely.

Meanwhile, Emeez is a 30-year-old Russian product who makes his UFC debut on the strength of a four-fight winning streak that includes victories over Anatoly Tokov, Maiquel Falcao, Luigi Fioravanti and Vyacheslav Vasilevsky – with three of those coming by way of stoppage. Overall, Emeev is 12-1 in his past 13 appearances.

With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 118 now includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:45 a.m. ET)

  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marcin Held
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Warlley Alves vs. Jim Wallhead
  • Aspen Ladd vs. Lina Lansberg
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Filed under: News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Vitor Belfort responds to Sam Alvey after UFC-Mexico: He'll be first to get knocked out smiling

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533299402001
Filed under: News, UFC

Vitor Belfort didn’t take long to accept Sam Alvey’s challenge to be the next stop on the “2017 Vengeance Tour.”

Following Alvey’s (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) split-decision win over Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 114 on Saturday, “Smile’n” Sam called for a matchup with Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC). He said he wants to get revenge against everyone who has beaten his friend, mentor and training partner Dan Henderson – something “The Phenom” has done twice.

Belfort caught win of Alvey’s request for a future middleweight fight, and the Brazilian accepted with a threat (via Instagram):

Instagram Photo

Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 in February, mentioned Las Vegas as a possible destination for the matchup. The organization’s next stop in “Sin City,” is UFC 216, slated for Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site. And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/JmzjWf3tg9CCuDfPnHnPKj/264377”, customAnalytics: true, title: “Belfort def. Marquardt”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Sam Alvey sorry for lackluster UFC Fight Night 114 win vs. Rashad Evans, calls out Vitor Belfort

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533299402001
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos

MEXICO CITY – UFC middleweight Sam Alvey has fought veteran MMA stars Nate Marquardt and Thales Leites, and managed to keep his inner fanboy in line.

But at UFC Fight Night 114, he fought Rashad Evans, and it got to him.

“A little awestruck,” Alvey told MMAjunkie of the experience following his FS1-televised win over former UFC light heavyweight champion at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. “I’d never experienced that before. But Rashad is one of those guys that, he’s fighting, I watch.”

As it turned out, Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) watched too much and did too little fighting vs. Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC). He wound up squeaking out a split decision but won no fans in the process. There was no getting around that fact.

“This was going to be that fight where people remember me forever, and I doodled a little bit,” Alvey said.

Alvey felt he’d done enough to secure the fight, or at least his corner had convinced him that was the case. In any event, a win goes on his resume opposite a highly decorated veteran and star of the sport, someone he watched long before he got into fighting.

The question, of course, is whether he’ll get the chance. Evans suffered his fourth straight loss in the octagon and second straight bout since dropping to middleweight. At 37, he’s already on the down slope of his career and has faced issues getting medically cleared to fight.

Alvey, for one, doesn’t want to see him go.

“I would be devastated if I retired Rashad Evans,” he said. “I want to see him fight. I’m a huge fan of him. I know this fight was a little bit of two counter-strikers trying to counter-strike, but I love watching him move and groove.”

As for what’s next for the “Smiling” guy, he’s going to keep aiming for big names on his resume. Chael Sonnen has the “Legends Ass-kicking Tour” – Alvey’s got the “Vengeance Tour.”

Alvey explained he’s trying to avenge the losses of his longtime coach and training partner Dan Henderson, who retired this past October after a third failed bid to win UFC gold against Michael Bisping.

“It started with Rashad,” Alvey said. “Vitor (Belfort), you’re next. I don’t care where or when. You just tell me where, and I’ll sign the dotted line tomorrow.”

Belfort, of course, knocked out Henderson with a kick in 2013, avenging an earlier decision loss. Belfort was at peak of his testosterone-replacement therapy usage.

Belfort said he wants to create a legend’s league and hinted at retirement. But Alvey wants him to give another young buck a try – and settle a score.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/znkENge5GkATktCm8g5YXC/264191”, customAnalytics: true, title: “Alvey def. Evans”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos
Source: MMA Junkie

UFC Fight Night 114 results: Sam Alvey outpoints Rashad Evans for split-decision win

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533299402001
Filed under: News, UFC

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/znkENge5GkATktCm8g5YXC/263922”, customAnalytics: true, title: “Alvey def. Evans”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

Sam Alvey eked out a split decision over former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, but it wasn’t a fight that left anyone smiling.

Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) played it as safe as they could be over three rounds, doing the minimum to secure victory. But because Alvey did more offensively, he won on two of three judges’ scorecards.

The middleweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The final scores were 29-28 twice for Alvey and 29-28 for Evans, who suffered his fourth straight loss and second as a UFC middleweight. Alvey got back in the win column after a decision loss to Thales Leites in his previous outing.

Much like that bout, Alvey fought not as a man who’d felled several UFC middleweights with his powerful left hand, but rather one too afraid to let his hands go lest he be taken down.

Evans justified that fear early and often as he tried to stuff Alvey against the fence before finishing takedowns. And while Alvey’s defensive wrestling was sound enough to earn him escapes, he struggled to catch Evans once upright. A few knees and short hooks were his best weapons.

Evans made the job easy when he ran into a jab, but Alvey did little to capitalize once he had the ex-champ in open range. In fact, neither man gave the judges much to score, landing only sporadic punches that did little to sway momentum. Between the second and third rounds, Alvey got an earful from his corner while Evans got a soft warning from referee John McCarthy.

A big right hook in the final frame was Evans’ best punch of the fight. Alvey managed to land in close as he fought off the takedown. But the boo birds came out in force, and the close decision reflected an altogether indecisive fight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 114 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Mexico City.)

Filed under: News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Twitter reacts to Sam Alvey's split decision over ex-champ Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 114

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533299402001
Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC

In his seventh UFC fight in nine months, Sam Alvey scored the biggest victory of his career on Saturday when he defeated former UFC champion Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 114.

Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) was successful in his 40th pro bout when he earned a split decision victory over Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) in the FS1-televised middleweight bout at Mexico City Arena in Mexico.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Alvey’s victory over Evans at UFC Fight Night 114.

* * * *

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Rashad Evans? Adopted kid? Plans for a band? Of course Sam Alvey is smiling

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5531142630001
Filed under: News, UFC, Videos

MEXICO CITY – If you’re not the upbeat type – if your glass is half empty and silver linings are scarce – “Smile’n” Sam Alvey may come across downright annoying.

But that’s just the way the UFC’s perpetually upbeat middleweight goes through life.

Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) continues his torrid fight schedule on Saturday, when he meets former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC) in a UFC Fight Night 114 main-card bout. The event takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Alvey, who already has three kids, is adopting a fourth. He was finalizing the adoption process as he got the call to fight Evans. It provided another reason to smile for the toothy fan favorite.

“We’ve got three naturally, and now we’re going to do No. 4 through adoption,” the 31-year-old told MMAjunkie with a laugh. “We’ll probably do more after that.

“I want a band. I need a band. My wife wants a team. We’ll see. I’ve got just to keep winning, and we’ll have a team.”

Starting in June 2016, Alvey registered six fights in just 10 months. He went 4-2, which included a four-fight winning streak before an April loss to former title challenger Thales Leites in April. He said he entered that fight with an ankle injury but doesn’t regret taking the fight. He also wasn’t hesitant to take on a former champ – one who’s in a skid but still one of the most accomplished fighters in the sport – on Saturday.

It’s why he didn’t hesitate to accept the Evans fight.

“It’s such an honor to fight such a legend of the sport,” he said.

Check out the full interview above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/AoVtPBKCv7a4PER6ByXxvg/263654”, customAnalytics: true, title: “Sam Alvey”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: News, UFC, Videos
Source: MMA Junkie