Sam Alvey Eyeing Title, But More Importantly, The Record For Most Fights In UFC History

On February 24th, 2018, Sam Alvey would make the jump to the Light Heavyweight division from Middleweight, where he would take on Marcin Prachnio, and ultimately knock him out in devastating fashion inside the first round. While Alvey has been on a bumpy journey for the last year, after his most recent performance, the man with the smile is ready for his journey to the champion.

FightBookMMA reached out to Alvey following his knockout victory, and here’s what he had to say:

Regarding what’s up-and-coming for Alvey, following his win, he called out New Yorker, Gian Villante, and hopes he’ll be next:

“I called him out in the cage and I stand by it. Gian villante is hopefully my next opponent.”

Following our interview with Alvey, he announced on social media that the fight was set for June 1st against Villante at Fight Night 130.

Sam Alvey is a 43 professional fight veteran, and shows no signs of slowing down. Amongst his 32 wins, and 10 defeats, we asked who was Alvey’s toughest fight to date, and ultimately, it was one he would learn from the most, dating back to 2009.

“I’ll say my toughest fight to date was my very first professional loss. Caleb Nelson to this day holds my record for toughest fight.”

With Alvey’s most recent win, where he looked better than we’ve ever seen him, we asked if his move to the 205lbs division was permanent, or just to stay active.

“I’ll be happy to stay at LHW, but if the ufc ever wants me back to middleweight I’d happily go back down. Whatever the UFC wants I’m in for.”

At 31 years of age, and already very active inside the octagon, Alvey plans on maintaining his activity, and not just for the hopes in getting to the title faster, but to break the record for most fights in the UFC. The current report is 27, held by both Tito Ortiz and Frank Mir, and at the rate Alvey is going, it’s only a matter of time before he sets the bar.

“I will be the champion one day but a personal goal of mine is to have the most fights in that octagon ever. More than anyone else.”

Now apart of the LHW division, we got Alvey’s take on the Jon Jones situation, regarding his most recent failed drug test, and process moving forward, as well as his thoughts on USADA (U.S. Anti Doping Agency).

“I love USADA, I think Jon jones is one of the best ever and I’m not sure what is next for him, but I hope he takes everything in stride and comes back eventually stronger than ever.”

While ‘Bones’ Jones is still going through the process to get reinstated, and free to fight, he has already faced a $205,000 fine and revoking of his license, and now must stand before USADA to decide if he will face a length suspension.

Moving forward, we had to ask; What’s with the haircut, nickname: “Smile’n”, and constant smile when up against someone looking to ultimately take your head off?

“It’s mostly out of love for my life. I’ve been blessed, and it would be an insult to everyone if I didn’t appreciate every moment I get to spend doing what I love with the people I love.”

As part of the fight card where Jeremy Stephens took home a controversial knockout victory over Josh Emmet, Alvey states the strikes were “illegal”, but at this point the decision shouldn’t be overturned.

“I didn’t see it live but I did see it eventually. I do believe they were illegal strikes thrown but I don’t think the fight should be overturned at this point. It was a good fight and stuff happens is kinda where I fall on it.”

Training out of Team Quest, a training centre filled with high level combat athletes, there is tons of motivation, and push towards becoming a better fighter. While many play a role in Sam Alvey’s growth as a fight, it is Dan ‘Hendo’ Henderson who he sees as the one with superior knowledge, and we can’t imagine a different answer. But with old comes the new, and Alvey also had some team members he suggests we keep our eyes on.

“Hendo is the king of MMA, he is tougher, stronger, and more knowledgeable than anyone in this sport. Training under him and had a huge impact on my career and my success had I want to do with his training. Up-and-coming is from Team Quest you need to look out for Jordan Winski and Christopher Curtis. Both those guys are absolute monsters and only a flight away from the Next level.”

We want to thank Sam Alvey for his time in doing this interview, and we couldn’t have wrapped this up with a bigger smile.

Be sure to follow Sam Alvey on Twitter: @smilensam

(Photos by: Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)

For more MMA coverage be sure to follow Adam LeBarr on Twitter: @thefightersblog


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