Most fighters fight about three times in a year. If they are a superstar or injured, that number goes down to one or two. However, if they're really pushing it, they may do four fights in a year. "Smile'N'" Sam Alvey is about to fight his fourth fight of 2016 at UFC Fight Night 97 in Manila, Philippines in October. That's not unusual. What is unusual, is that it's his fourth fight in four months.
Alvey sat out the first half of 2016 without a fight. He had not competed in the Octagon since August 2015, where he lost to Derek Brunson by TKO. Then, he fell to Elias Theodorou in June to a pretty one-sided decision. He had yet to get his marquee win in the UFC, and every time he was put against top competition, he fell short. Nervous about getting cut, Alvey felt his best option was to get back in the Octagon.
Boy, was he right.
Sam fought in July against Eric Spicely and secured an easy first round submission to end his losing streak. Not wanting to waste this momentum, he fought one again in August against Kevin Casey. He dismantled Casey in the striking game and picked up an impressive TKO victory over the "King."
Alvey has found his rhythm in the middleweight division, and doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon. He'll be taking on Alex Nicholson in October and looking for his third straight finish. Thirteen of his wins are by first round finish, but he's never managed to win a decision in the UFC (he's had two).
His opponent is no joke, though. Nicholson is 1-1 in the UFC, and coming off a great first-round KO victory over Devin Clark. He holds a 7-2 professional record, and all his wins have come by finish, six by knockout. A win over Nicholson will definitely help Alvey continue this great momentum that he's been building.
Going from the brink of a pink slip to building up an impressive win streak, Alvey has become one of the most active fighters in the UFC. If he keeps up this pace and continues to win, we're going to be seeing a lot of his smile in the Octagon. With some of the best post fight interviews in the sport, that is something we can all get behind.