Sam Alvey

Smile'n

USA

Gets new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
December 26, 2021
Alvey will now face Phil Hawes in a middleweight matchup at UFC Vegas 47 on Feb. 5, Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Alvey was initially slated to face Ian Heinisch before Heinisch withdrew for an unspecified reason. Alvey hasn't won a fight in more than three years, but he'll attempt to bounce back against Hawes, who snapped a seven-fight winning streak in early November when he lost to Chris Curtis via KO (punches) at UFC 268. Alvey has an advantage in height, while Hawes has an edge in reach.
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Fighting against Heinisch
MiddleweightUFC
October 11, 2021
Alvey will fight Ian Heinisch in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Feb. 5, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Alvey is looking to end a brutal run of results, as he hasn't won in more than three years since his last win came against Gian Villante in June 2018. That's seven consecutive trips to the Octagon without a victory, leading many to question his spot on the UFC roster. Heinisch, on the other hand, has hit a rough spot of his own with back-to-back defeats. When the cage doors close, Alvey will have three-inch advantages in both height and reach, as well as a narrowly-superior edge in striking volume. Heinisch has the better defensive marks, however, in addition to being more of a grappling threat.
Struggles continue in Vegas
MiddleweightUFC
August 28, 2021
Alvey lost to Wellington Turman via split decision (27-28, 28-27, 27-28) at UFC on ESPN 30 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Alvey is a ton of fun, and all things considered, has had a great UFC run, but it would be the upset of the century if the company ran him back out there again. Yes, he lost this fight via "split decision," but the truth of the matter is this would have been a rout had Turman not been docked two (!!!) points by referee Chris Tognoni in Round 3 alone for repeated eye pokes. The only frame Alvey might have won was the first, and it was all downhill from there. Alvey is now 35 years old and a one-dimensional power puncher, in addition to being a below-average athlete who never moves his feet. It's the type of profile which tends to age extremely poorly, and Alvey has been no exception. He is 0-6-1 in his past seven bouts, with his last win being a split decision over Gian Villante back in June 2018.
August fight booked vs. Turman
MiddleweightUFC
July 27, 2021
Alvey will fight Wellington Turman at the Aug. 28 UFC event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Alvey's previously scheduled fight versus Roman Kopylov was canceled Monday after the latter was unable to fight in the United States. Alvey is winless in his last six fights, but he'll face another struggling fighter in Turman, who is 1-3 in UFC bouts.
Not facing Kopylov
MiddleweightUFC
July 26, 2021
Alvey announced that his fight against Roman Kopylov has been called off, according to Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.
ANALYSIS
Alvey announced on TikTok that his fight won't be happening since Kopylov can't enter American soil. They did not find a new opponent for him since he had accepted a fight against a TBD opponent at the end of the month.
To fight at UFC Vegas 33
MiddleweightUFC
July 17, 2021
Alvey is set to take on Roman Kopylov at UFC Vegas 33 on July 31, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Alvey is looking to end a five-fight losing skid and has not won in the octagon since 2018. He was defeated in his most recent match by Julian Marquez. The length of his drought makes this fight even more important in terms of his future with the organization. His oponent, Kopylov, is known for strong striking skills.