It's a little known fact, but the weekend after next, #SamAlvey will be equal a record set by Donald Cerrone at UFC Nashville when he takes on Brazilian, Thales Leites.
Alvey will equal Cerrone's record for most fights in twelve months, and he took the time this week to speak exclusively to Champions.co about putting his name in the MMA history books.
"I say the same thing after every fight -- the sooner you can get me back in the cage, the better," Alvey said. "This one is going to be more important most[ly] because I'm going to be setting two UFC records. It will be the most fights in a year and I'll also tie the most wins in a year. I'm calling this one my legacy fight."
Sam Alvey's Record Since June 18, 2016
- Loss - vs. Elias Theodorou - Unanimous decision - June 18, 2016
- Win - vs. Eric Spicely - Submission - July 13, 2016
- Win - vs. Kevin Casey - TKO - Aug 27, 2016
- Win - vs. Alex Nicholson - Unanimous decision - Nov 5, 2016
- Win - vs. Nate Marquardt - Unanimous Decision - Jan 28, 2017
- ??? - vs. Thales Leites - ??? - April 22, 2017
The UFC middleweight has indeed been active more than any other fighter in the last twelve-months. His amazing run of fights began back in June last year when he took on Elias Theodorou, who occasionally contributes to Champions #FighterBlogs section, at UFC Ottawa.
"This will be my sixth fight in the UFC in the last twelve months," Alvey explained. "Right now I'm tied with Roger Huerta, Neil Magny and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. When I fight Leites, I will take the lead, and it's going to be my standalone record. But, it's not just that. When I win, I will also tie the record for most wins in a year. I'm not too sure who else has that record, I'd have to double check, but I'm pretty sure it's Cerrone."
Alvey was actually mistaken. The current record for the record number of fights and wins in a twelve-month period is currently held by Donald Cerrone (6), with Neil Magny and Roger Huerta in joint second with five each.
Cerrone began his run on six on January 25, 2014 when he defeated Adriano Martina at UFC on Fox 10. He then followed up wins with against Edson Barboza, Jim Miller, Eddie Alvarez, Myles Jury and Benson Henderson, all falling inside twelve-months.
Magny defeated Gasan Umalatov, Tim Means, Rodrigo de Lima, Alex Garcia and William Macario during the period of February 1, 2014 - October 25, 2014. Magny narrowly missed out on making it six wins in twelve-months as he beat Kiichi Kunimoto just thirteen days later on February 14, 2015.
Huerta started his run on September 23, 2006 and proceeded to rack up fives wins against Jason Dent, John Halverson, Leonard Garcia, Doug Evans and Alberto Crane inside twelve-months.
Donald Cerrone's Record - Jan 25, 2014 - Jan 18, 2015
- Win - vs. Adriano Martins - KO - Jan 25, 2014
- Win - vs. Edson Barboza - Submission - April 19, 2014
- Win - vs. Jim Miller - KO - July 16, 2014
- Win - vs. Eddie Alvarez - Unanimous Decision - Sept 27, 2014
- Win - vs. Myles Jury - Unanimous Decision - Jan 3, 2015
- Win - vs. Benson Henderson - Unanimous Decision - Jan 18, 2015
Neil Magny's Record - Feb 1, 2014 - Oct 25, 2014
- Win - vs. Gasan Umalatov - Unanimous Decision - Feb 1, 2014
- Win - vs. Tim Means - Unanimous Decision - May 10, 2014
- Win - Rodrigo de Lima - KO (punches) - June 28, 2014
- Win - Alex Garcia - Unanimous Decision - Aug 23, 2014
- Win - William Macario - TKO - Oct 25, 2014
Roger Huerta's Record - Sept 23, 2006 - Aug 25, 2007
- Win - vs. Jason Dent - Unanimous Decision - Sept 23, 2006
- Win - vs. John Halverson - TKO - Feb 3, 2007
- Win - vs. Leonard Garcia - Unanimous Decision - April 7, 2007
- Win - vs. Doug Evans - TKO - June 23, 2007
- Win - vs. Alberto Crane - TKO - Aug 25, 2007
Despite all the talk being about records, heading into the bout, Alvey isn't distracted. The #TeamQuest man, and Dan Henderson protege, says that when he steps foot inside the Octagon next Saturday night, records will be the furthest thing from his mind.
"It's absolutely not a distraction," Alvey said. "I've always taken my fights just one step at a time and I just enjoy doing it. Whether it's for a record or not for a record, this is just what I do. When you fight, records mean nothing. I'm really proud to be breaking them, but I'll be even happier when I beat Leites."
Alvey vs. Leites is currently set to headlined the UFC Nashville prelims. In the main event that night, Cub Swanson is set to take on Artem Lobov, while Al Iaquinta vs. Diego Sanchez will be the co-headliner.