Sam Alvey
Smile'n

USA

Winless in past six fights
MiddleweightUFC
April 10, 2021
Alvey lost to Julian Marquez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:07 of Round 2 at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Alvey has been a good solider and underrated performer for years, but it's going to be difficult for the UFC to run him back out there after this latest effort. As he typically the case with Alvey, he planted himself with his back up against the cage for the entirety of the fight in hopes of smashing his opponent with a massive counter shot. A couple of them landed, but Marquez ate them without issue and Alvey never threatened again offensively. Alvey is 0-5-1 in his past half dozen bouts and is without a victory dating back to June 2018. "Smile 'N" Sam provided us with plenty of highlights over the course of his UFC run, but it appears the soon-to-be 35-year-old has reached the end of the line. At the very least, he'll still take home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus here for his efforts.
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New opponent lined up
MiddleweightUFC
March 11, 2021
Alvey will now take on Julian Marquez at the UFC event on April 10, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Alvey was supposed to take on Zak Cummings, but the latter had to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. Alvey has lost his last five fights and last was in the Octagon in October against Da Un Jung. Marquez will be coming off his first fight since mid-2018 back in February.
Matched with Zak Cummings
MiddleweightUFC
January 22, 2021
Alvey will meet Zak Cummings in a middleweight matchup on April 10, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Alvey will be looking for a change in fortunes after going winless in five straight fights. He at least managed to end a four-fight losing streak in October, though all he was able to manage against Da Un Jung was a split draw. His opponent, Cummings, has won three of his last four matches.
Snaps long losing streak with draw
MiddleweightUFC
October 24, 2020
Alvey and Da Un Jung fought to a split draw (28-29, 29-28, 28-28) at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It's a pretty reasonable result for Alvey considering he entered as a +255 underdog. Of course, he appeared to be up 20-18 heading to Round 3 before the wheels fell off. Alvey spent the majority of the first two rounds countering Jung's big, looping strikes. It was a successful strategy. Yet when Round 3 rolled around, Jung began to shorten up his strikes and Alvey got popped on multiple occasions in the process. This was a close, entertaining fight, and it may have very well been one that saved Alvey's job considering he entered on a four-fight losing streak. The 34-year-old Alvey still has some low-end value for a company which holds an event seemingly every week, but the UFC has to be extremely careful regarding who they match him up against.
Returning in October
MiddleweightUFC
August 23, 2020
Alvey (undisclosed) will take on Da Un Jung (undisclosed) in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 254 on Oct. 24, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Alvey will attempt to snap a four-fight losing streak in October after serving a 180-day medical suspension for an undisclosed issue. He suffered the injury when he lost to Ryan Spann via split decision at UFC 249 in May. Jung withdrew from a fight scheduled for Aug. 1 for an undisclosed reason, but he won his most recent fight against Mike Rodriguez via KO (punches) in December of 2019. Jung has now won each of his two fights with the promotion. Jung has advantages in both height and reach.
Out for 180 days
MiddleweightUFC
May 11, 2020
Alvey was handed a 180-day medical suspension Monday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.