For the second week in a row a UFC card has lost it’s co-main event. UFC Vegas 33 will go forward without Sam Alvey and Roman Kopylov.
Alvey announced on his TikTok page that his fight was off but gave very few details.
@smilensamwatch this video closely, many hints as to my next opponent (I all but tell you who it is) #SMILENSAM #august28th
“You’ve spent the last 12 weeks of your life losing close to 40-pounds bleeding, sweating, crying, tearing up, breaking yourself, breaking other people and just working your ass to the bone just to find out on your ride to the airport that your opponent who is Russian couldn’t make it for various reasons,” Alvey said on his post.
According to Alvey his opponent was unable to get into the United States from Russia for “various reasons”. He received the news on his way to the airport to head to Las Vegas but was told he would receive a replacement. Not long after he was informed that no opponent was available on short notice.
Alvey alluded to a new fight in August but no details on opponent or exact date were given.
The UFC confirmed Alvey’s news to MMA Fighting on Monday.
The longtime UFC veteran has not won a fight since June 2018 when he beat Gian Villante via Split-Decision. After that he’s lost 5 of 6 bouts the last one against Julian Marquez in April.
Kopylov is 0-1 in the UFC losing to Karl Roberson in Nov. 2019. No statement from Kopylov or his team was released at the time of this posting.
UFC Vegas 33 is headlined by a middleweight bout between Uriah Hall (18-9) and Sean Strickland (23-3). It takes place in the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV.