ShoFight 20: Sam Alvey Hopes Victory Over Lucas Lopes Will Launch Him Into UFC
Another month means another career-defining fight for Team Quest's Sam Alvey. Set to square off with Strikeforce veteran Lucas Lopes tomorrow night at ShoFight 20 in Missouri, Alvey is looking for a victory and another opportunity to inch closer towards his dream of reaching the UFC.
Still only 26-years-old, Alvey's early career has seemingly spanned the globe having competed in countries such as New Zealand, Mexico, and Trinidad. Most recently, "Smile'N Sam" defeated Daniel "Jacare" Almeida in Canada.
"That was a great fight and a great experience fighting against Mr. Almeida," Alvey told US Combat Sports. "He was being followed around by a camera crew for a tv show and it made it all the more exciting. I don't think I was supposed to win, and everyone wanted me to lose, but I wasn't going to."
And he didn't. Alvey earned a first round stoppage over Almeida in the first round after the Brazilian was unable to return to his feet after Alvey dropped him with a powerful strike. The win improved Alvey's record to 18-4 and helped him to get over a recent disappointing decision defeat to Brandon Ropati in March.
Now, with another win back under his belt, the native of Wisconsin is prepared to face off against Lopes tomorrow night. Alvey said that avoiding Lopes' ground game will be a major part of his game plan heading into the fight.
"I think [Lopes] is most dangerous on the ground. He has a very dangerous jiu-jitsu game so my plan is to not to let him jiu-jits me."
With a record of 20-13, and fresh off a victory over another Wisconsin native in Eddie Larrea, Lopes will serve as another notable competitor for Alvey. Lopes holds impressive victories over Thiago Alves, Antonio Mendes, and others.
Aiming for his eighth victory in his last ten opportunities, Alvey is confident that a win on Saturday night will help him to reach his goal of making it into Dana White's mega-organization. In fact, Alvey said that he probably would have already been in the UFC had it not been for a hometown decision against Ropati back in March.
"My fight in New Zealand was supposed to be my last before the UFC had the judges seen it how it actually happened. So now, I'm just trying to build up a little momentum and I'm hoping to be in the UFC before the end of the year.
"My record is getting bigger and I've fought around the world twice that I'm sure the right people are taking notice of me. There is nothing officially on the table but I know my management and the MMA community as a whole is getting ready for me to make the jump. Or at least I'm hoping they are."
As Alvey continues to march towards his goal, he knows that a big night of work lies ahead of him in just a few hours. And as always, he's just excited to be included on a ShoFight card that features top competitors such as Karo Parisyan, Lyle Beerbohm, Jonatas Novaes and others.
"This is ShoFight's debut professional card and I love being part of history and this is ShoFight's history. It's such a big card as everyone is ex-UFC, ex-Strikeforce, or ex-Bellator guys. I'm kind of excited because I get to fight early on the card and sit back and watch all of these guys go at it."
Having trained in California at Team Quest for the past two years, Alvey is prepared to announce his presence to the entire fight community on Saturday night against Lopes.
"I really want to demonstrate how much better I'm getting to the MMA universe. My wrestling is better, my jiu-jitsu is better, I hit harder, and I really can't wait to go out and demonstrate that to everyone."