Sam Alvey
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USA

Matched with Zak Cummings
Light HeavyweightUFC
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.
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Snaps long losing streak with draw
Light HeavyweightUFC
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
Light HeavyweightUFC
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
Light HeavyweightUFC
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.
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
ANALYSIS
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.