A true MMA veteran with 46 fights to his name “Smile’n” Sam Alvey (33-12-1NC) is far from done. The 33-year-old Wisconsin native has big plans for his future in the fight game, but first he must get past Klidson Abreu at UFC San Antonio this weekend.
Despite riding a 2-fight losing streak, Sam was characteristically in good spirits as he chatted The Scrap.
On the back of a full camp, Alvey seemed relaxed and assured ahead of a must-win fight, he boldly predicted, “I’m going to submit him in the third.”
Fight Camp Done Right
A long-time member of Team Quest, Alvey seems to have fight preparation perfected. With a strong camp, the best nutritionists in the game, and his family by his side, he doesn’t need much more. The confidence shined through as Alvey reflected on a successful fight camp. “Everything’s gone great. My weights on point, no injuries,” said Alvey. “I’m working with Lockheart and Leith, they’re cooking all my meals right now, everything is good.”
Back-to-back losses are a tough spot for any fighter, even a 17-fight UFC veteran such as Alvey doesn’t feel “safe” in his position. That uncertainty seems to drive “Smile’n” Sam on to preform every time he steps foot in the octagon, something he admittedly hasn’t been able to do lately. However, he insists, “things are going to go very different this fight.”
No Easy Fights in the UFC
The man he’ll need to get by to get back into the winner’s circle is Klidson Abreu (14-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC). A 26-year-old Brazilian fighter, nicknamed Urso Branco (White Bear), may be unknown to some, but Abreu holds a high profile win over rising star Johnny Walker. His UFC record is being taken very seriously by the experienced Alvey.
Speaking on his opponent Alvey said, “He’s got some big hands and strong jujitsu, he comes from a very strong camp. So, he’s a very dangerous individual and it’s going to be a very tough fight but I’m very ready for it.”
Alvey takes nothing from the fact his opponent only has one loss to speak of at the elite level of UFC. “Plenty of people lose their UFC debuts, I lost mine and then went on a tear,” said Alvey. Now he is the man tasked with ensuring Klidson Abreu doesn’t begin a similar run of his own.
Beyond a win, Alvey is eager to put on a show, as he always does. He told The Scrap, “I look forward to going out there, giving the people a performance and something to remember. It’s going to be a good fight. It’s going to be a good win and I’m doing everything I can to get that bonus.”
The Fire Still Burns
A guy with an 11-year fight career in his rear-view mirror, Sam Alvey could be forgiven for starting to look at the exit door, but he is far from done. Once he emerges victorious this weekend, he has big plans for the rest of his fight career.
“There’s a lot I want to accomplish, that belt is still on my mind. I look at the division and I could beat any of them. I just have to beat them on the day I’m supposed to beat them”
The zest Alvey has for the sport is truly refreshing, a veteran of 46-fights he still has that challenger’s mentality wanting to fight anyone and everyone, something he happily admits. “That’s my goal, to beat everybody up. Just put them in front of me and I’ll do the rest.”
After a brief stint away, the self-proclaimed “King of Fight Nights” returns this Saturday at the UFC San Antonio event headlined by Leon Edwards vs Rafael dos Anjos. Alvey is confident of ending his win drought and beginning a long overdue push towards the title as he continues to show fight fans exactly why he is one fighter you simply cannot miss.
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The Scrap’s Jordan Ellis of Liverpool, UK is a lifelong fight fan and aspiring writer. Covering all things MMA and Boxing, you can follow him on Twitter (@JordanEllisUK) for daily fight news and content.