Sam Alvey comes into his fight at UFC Vegas 23 this weekend with his back against the wall and he knows it. Alvery is coming off a draw against Da Un Jung back at UFC 254, which he thinks he won and he also thinks the UFC does too.
“This is my fifth fight that I haven’t won. I do believe that they [UFC] think that I won the fight last time and that’s why I think I wasn’t cut yet. I don’t think they will give me that courtesy twice and they probably shouldn’t,” Alvey said at UFC Meda day this week. “If I can’t win a fight like I know I can, I probably don’t belong fighting in the premier league of the world in MMA.”
“Smilen'” Sam Alvey was originally supposed to fight Zak Cummings this week. However, Cummings pulled out and was replaced with his teammate Julian Marquez. Marquez was two minutes away from losing his last fight, and Alvey recognizes that. He also recognizes that his opponent showed plenty of heart.
“He kinda lost [all of his UFC fights] until he’d win. His last fight he got beat up for 14 minutes and dug down deep to choke [Maki Pitolo] out,” said Alvey. “He probably has as much or more heart than anyone I’ve hear fought. He’s got a skill set behind him too, but it’s not on my level.”
As Alvey sees it, “he’s got heart but I’ve got more. I’ve got more heart. I could be tired, I could be bleeding, I could be swollen, I could be anything, I’m not stopping.”
Watch the full UFC Vegas 23 media day appearance by Sam Alvey above. The event takes place this Saturday, April 10 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card airs live on ABC, kicking off early at 3PM ET following the prelims.