Sam Alvey is usually a man with a smile on his face, but at UFC Nashville, he will kick-off a very sinister sounding revenge tour.
Speaking exclusively to Champions.co this past week, Alvey spoke at length about his upcoming fight with Thales Leites this weekend. The ginger-haired middleweight will be looking to pick up his fifth win in a row, but he will face a stern test against an experienced Brazilian opponent.
"If he's smart, I think he will try take me down and submit me," Alvey said. "I'm not easy to submit by any means, but he's great at submissions so it kinda makes sense for him to do that. He's a jiu-jitsu guy who is willing to strike and I imagine it's going through his head that I was taken down a few times in the third round of my last fight. I just have to avoid that happening."
After picking up his first five wins in the UFC inside the distance, Alvey's last two victories have come by way of decision, besting Alex Nicholson and Nate Marquardt. Alvey is now looking to return to his usual ways.
"I love to finish fights and I hate going to a decision," Alvey said. "I have 30 wins, 19 by way of knockout, and three by submission. I always try to go the extra mile and get the finish, but I do think that the elevation in those two fights had something to do with it--I think it zapped some of my power. I got some good licks in, but I didn't quite have that knockout feeling. I'm fighting for a knockout, but I'd love to get a submission over someone like Leites. I want to finish."
Alvey has fought once before in Nashville when he faced Derek Brunson back in August 2015. Unfortunately for Alvey, things don't go as planned that night and he was defeated via TKO in the first round.
"Yeah I have fought in Nashville before, I got beat up there, thanks for bringing it up," Alvey said laughing. "You know what, I'm calling this my legacy fight because of the records, but I'm also kicking off what I'm calling the 'Smile'n Sam Alvey Vengeance Tour 2017'."
Alvey went on to elaborate:
"I used to like to fight all my friends, coaches and people whose company I enjoy," Alvey said. "Eric Spicely, for instance, he's a good friend of mine now. Leites, though, he beat my old coach, Nate Marquardt, a little while ago, so I'm going to go get vengeance for him. My coach, Dan Henderson, is retired now, so there's a few people I have to put on my list on his behalf."
Not ready to reveal who else might be on Alvey's list, #TheUltimateFighter alumnus intends to divulge more information during his notoriously crazy post-fight interview.
"You will have to wait and watch my post-fight victory speech," Alvey said. "I'm not letting out any secrets because I'm only concentrating on beating Leites right now. I do have plans though and this is going to be a post-fight interview you don't want to miss."
No doubt, all eyes will be glued to UFC Nashville on Saturday. The event will be headlined by #CubSwanson taking on Artem Lobov, while Al Iaquinta will make his long waited return in the co-main event against "TUF" winner, Diego Sanchez.
Sam Alvey UFC Record (7-3):
- W - Nate Marquardt, unanimous decision, UFC on FOX 23 (1/28/17)
- W - Alex Nicholson, unanimous decision, TUF Latin America 3 Finale (11/5/16)
- W - Kevin Casey, TKO (punches) R2 4:56, UFC on FOX 21 (8/27/16)
- W - Eric Spicely, submission (guillotine choke) R1 2:43, UFC Fight Night 91 (7/13/16)
- L - Elias Theodorou, unanimous decision, UFC Fight Night 89 (6/18/16)
- L - Derek Brunson, TKO (punches) R1 2:19, UFC Fight Night 73 (8/8/15)
- W - Dan Kelly, TKO (punches) R1 0:49, UFC Fight Night 65 (5/10/15)
- W - Cezar Ferreira, KO (punches) R1 3:34, UFC Fight Night 61 (2/22/15)
- W - Dylan Andrews, KO (punches) R1 2:16, UFC Fight Night 55 (11/8/14)
- L - Tom Watson, unanimous decision, UFC Fight Night 47 (8/16/14)