BySam Alvey, writer at
Official Creators profile of UFC middleweight and "The Ultimate Fighter" alum "Smile n'" Sam Alvey
Sam Alvey

When I started off as a fighter, I didn’t have the goal of becoming a fighter. So, it’s amazing to think that I’m on the cusp of setting a UFC record.

MMA fighting is really just something I kind of stumbled into and kept doing. I loved fighting from the beginning, but I didn’t know about the UFC and I never fought outside of the cage. I just liked the Ninja Turtles, Dragon Ball Z, and Jackie Chan, and in my head, that’s what fighting was. I had no idea that it was something people trained for.

Back then, I was still based in Wisconsin, and I didn’t really know anything about jiu-jitsu. I knew it was out there, but through my first 12 fights, my basic understanding of jiu-jitsu was to avoid to the ground so that my opponents couldn’t use their jiu-jitsu.

Surprisingly, that strategy worked for a while, and I ended up winning a King of the Cage tournament -- three fights in one night. On the spot, the promoter said “we’ll sign you, and we’ll pay you now.”

Not too long after, I relocated to Team Quest in California and got in the UFC.

These days, I’m preparing for my fight against Rashad Evans at UFC Mexico City. It will be my fifth fight in the last 12 months, but I’m angling to get that total up to seven and set a new UFC record.

I actually already tied “Cowboy” Cerrone’s record of six fights in a 12-month span, so now I have get a little creative if I want to own the record outright.

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