ShoFIGHT 20: Sam Alvey Gets New Opponent in Strikeforce Vet Lucas Lopes After Carter and Riggs Withdraw
First it was Shonie Carter, then it was Joe Riggs, and now it's Lucas Lopes. But whomever Sam Alvey matches up against at ShoFIGHT 20 in Missouri on June 16, the Team Quest fighter knows that a strong performance can have major implications on his career.
"My original opponent was supposed to be Shonie Carter but he had to pull out after suffering a non-threatening car accident," Alvey told US Combat Sports. "Then I was supposed to fight Joe Riggs but he had to pull out for an unknown reason. Now it's official that I am fighting Lucas Lopes."
Looking to continue his momentum following a first round victory over Daniel Almeida and wins in seven of his last nine, the native of Wisconsin has flourished since making his professional debut at King of the Cage in Lac du Flambeau nearly four years ago.
With an impressive record under his belt and strong team behind him, Alvey (18-4, 1 NC) views his bout with Lopes as an opportunity to further build his name recognition amongst a national fan base. But more importantly, "Smile'N Sam" understands that an impressive victory would move him closer to his ultimate goal of reaching the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
But Alvey will have his hands full with Lopes come fight night. The Strikeforce veteran holds a record of 20-13 and recently got back into the win column with a first round submission of familiar opponent Eddie Larrea just days ago.
Stay tuned to US Combat Sports this week for an in-depth interview with Alvey about the showdown with Lopes, his disappointment following the loss Brandon Ropati in New Zealand, and when fans should expect him to earn a trip into one of the Zuffa organizations.