Sam Alvey


Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 11/7/2020
Out for 180 days
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 11, 2020
Alvey was handed a 180-day medical suspension Monday, reports.
The reason for the suspension was not disclosed. Alvey suffered his fourth straight loss in a split decision against Ryan Spann on Saturday and now won't get the chance to get back in the win column until November unless he's cleared by a physician.
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Losing streak hits four
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 9, 2020
Alvey lost to Ryan Spann via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
Alvey may have very well won had there been another 15 or 20 seconds on the clock. He did next to nothing over the course of the first two rounds, but he had Spann in serious trouble in the later stages of the fight. Alvey has legitimate power in his hands, but he isn't the type to string together consistent combinations and that makes it difficult for him to catch up on the judges' scorecards if he falls behind in the early stages of a fight like he did on Saturday. Alvey, who turns 35 years of age next month, has now lost four in a row dating back to September 2018.
To open up new UFC 249
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 26, 2020
Alvey will now take on Ryan Spann in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 249 on May 9 in Jacksonville.
This is a fight originally scheduled for London in late-March and again for the original UFC 249 on April 18, but both events were ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the veteran Alvey will get a chance to earn a payday and kick off a fight card in the return of mainstream combat sports. The odds are against him, however, as Alvey sits as approximately a (+325) betting underdog -- similar to the first time around.
Will fight Spann at UFC 249
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Alvey will officially square off against Ryan Spann in a light heavyweight match at UFC 249.
Alvey was originally scheduled to fight Khalil Roundtree at UFC Columbus last month, but that entire card was scratched amid COVID-19 concerns. He will now get a new chance to fight, but this time it will be against Spann, who also had a fight cancelled last month. The 33-year-old lost both of his fights in 2019 and is currently riding a three-fight losing streak overall. He will look to turn things around against Span, but that will be no easy feat, as he has won his first three UFC fights.
Fighting in March
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 27, 2019
Alvey (hand) will take on Khalil Roundtree in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Columbus on Mar. 28, Alexander K Lee of reports.
Alvey has not had a very eventful 2019 as the 33-year-old dropped both of his fights and is currently riding a three-fight losing streak dating back to 2018. Alvey had to withdraw from his most recent match as that was supposed to take place at UFC Sao Paulo back on Nov. 16 because of a fractured left hand. He will look to start 2020 on a positive note with a win over a struggling Khalil Rountree.
Withdrawal caused by broken hand
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 27, 2019
Alvey withdrew from UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16 due to a fractured left hand, reports.
Alvey was set to fight Shogun Rua in a light heavyweight bout, but he won't be able to fight as scheduled after suffering the fracture in practice. UFC has yet to announce a replacement to face Rua with less than three weeks until the card. It's unclear when Alvey is expected to be cleared to reenter the ring.